Be ready to channel your inner Elvis for second run honoring ‘The King’

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJanuary 12, 2014 

This is what the front looks like of the shirt being given to participants of Saturday’s Elvis Dash.


Answers to important questions nobody has asked me yet:

Q. What’s the best race to enter if I wear blue suede running shoes?

A. Olympia’s second Elvis Dash is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and organizers at The Strong Center have gone over the top to honor “The King of rock ’n’ roll.”

Competitors in the 5- and 10-kilometer races receive a scarf signed by world champion Elvis impersonator Robert Washington, a fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwich, a bacon maple bar and a shirt inspired by Elvis’ love of jumpsuits.

The event website describes the shirt as “the tackiest race shirt of all time,” but Dani Burger of The Strong Center simply calls it “awesome.”

The shirt looks like Elvis Presley’s famous bedazzled white jumpsuit tweaked with a little Northwest flair. You’ll have absolutely no chance of blending in at the gym.

Last year, about 120 people entered and organizers hope to draw a larger crowd this year.

Participants are encouraged but not required to dress as Elvis for an attempt at the world record for largest Elvi gathering.

David Ross, a trainer at The Strong Center, says the record is “about 650 Elvi.” With about 200 registered, it would seem organizers are destined for heartbreak. But Ross is confident more will sign up, and “if we don’t get it this year, then we’ll get it next year.”

Washington, who organizers are flying in, will perform a short concert at the race.

The race entry fee is $45 and includes admission to Saturday night’s Elvis Birthday Bash at the Capitol Theater. The King was born Jan. 8, 1935.

The show includes a screening of “Almost Elvis,” a documentary about Elvis impersonators including Washington. Tush Burlesque dancers also will perform in the family-friendly show. “They’ll keep their clothes on,” Ross said.

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Q. What are the best workout songs on the planet?

A. The website has about 40,000 subscribers who nominate and vote on their favorite workout songs each month. Some are the chart toppers you’d expect and others are songs that get the most love in the gym.

Chris Lawhorn of Run Hundred recently announced the Top 10 songs of 2013. Here they are — in no particular order:

 • “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera.

 • “Come and Get It” by Selena Gomez.

 • “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock. (Hold on. I’m confused by the double negative. Is it or is it not safe to have a little party?)

 • Flo Rida’s “How I Feel.”

 • Lady GaGa’s “Applause,” which has the most beats-per-minute of songs on the list at 141.

 • “The Other Side” by Jason Derulo.

 • “Wake Me Up” by Avicii (the speed remix version).

 • “Play Hard” by David Guetta, Ne-Yo and Akon.

 • “Right Now” by Rihanna and David Guetta.

 • “Timber” by Pitbull and Kesha (Sorry, Kesha, I refuse to spell your name with a $).

Q. Is Obliteride going to roll through the South Sound again in 2014?

A. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced new routes this week for the second Obliteride, a bike ride that raised nearly $2 million last year.

The ride will have 25-, 50- and 100-mile options on Aug. 10 and a two-day 150-mile ride starting Aug. 9.

Once again the two-day Obliteride will include an overnight stop at the University of Puget Sound. However, the ride features a new route that includes a ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island and a rolling ride south to Tacoma. The ride finishes at Seattle’s Magnuson Park on Aug. 10 and will climb almost 12,000 vertical feet. The two-day ride also can be done as a two-person relay this year.

Event organizers say 100 percent of the money raised by the riders goes to cancer research.

The event also features live music. This year’s bands have not been announced. Last year Michael Franti played the kickoff party.

Participation in the ride requires a registration fee of $100-150 and a fundraising commitment of $1,000-$1,975 depending on the route.

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Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 @AdventureGuys

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