Signing up for and completing a race is extremely satisfying—and even more so when proceeds help members of the local community. Here are four events that will deliver good will and inspiration long after the race is over. 

  • Spokane River Run (April 19): This race features a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 50k team relay race on challenging courses through Riverside State Park. Proceeds benefit the Garfield Elementary A.P.P.L.E. program. 
  • Apple Century Bike Ride (June 6): Century, half century, and 25-mile ride through the Wenatchee Valley’s beautiful landscape. Registration fees help fund scholarships, hunger and disaster relief, and dozens of community projects.  
  • Silver Valley Ride to Defeat ALS (June 20): Starting in Kingston, Idaho, from the Enaville trailhead of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, participants age 12+ ride solo or as part of a team to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. Children age 11 and younger can participate on a tandem bike, tag-along bike, or bike trailer.  
  • Sekani Trail Run (Sept. 27): The 12th annual trail run is a 5k, 10k, or a free kids 1k at Spokane’s Camp Sekani Park, a 125-acre natural park bordering beautiful Minnehaha. The run is an adventure run/hike/walk race with 100% dirt trails and fabulous course challenges. Proceeds benefit Franklin Elementary school’s APPLE program.

Editor’s Note: Due to Washington and Idaho’s stay-home and social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, events are cancelled through April 2020 and postponed for the foreseeable future. Check each event’s website for the latest information about schedule changes.