February full of outdoors activities in Tri-Cities

January 30, 2012 

A longtime favorite store in my UW vs. WSU household is REI, and one of our happiest days of living in the Tri-Cities came when the Seattle-based company opened a branch in Kennewick.

We always cherished the times strolling the creaky floors of REI's iconic Capitol Hill store, and while I've never met Jim Whittaker, my eight-digit membership number starts 0126.

Those who hold an interest in the outdoors activities in the Mid-Columbia should consider signing up for Kennewick REI's monthly calendar. The list for February arrived Jan 27 in my inbox.

Actually, there are a number of rather significant outdoor events happening in February, starting with Saturday's annual Bateman Island Clean Up.

It runs 9 a.m. to noon, and it might anger those of us who live by the "Leave No Trace" mantra. However, if you believe in karma and want to help wildlife, the cleanup orchestrated by Scott Woodward and the Tapteal Greenway Association will make you feel good. For more info, email Woodward at woodfish24@charter.net

On Feb. 9, Kennewick REI will stage a clinic on training for Badger Mountain and running an ultramarathon. Click here for more info and to register.

On Feb. 24, the store will hold its member-only Scratch and Dent Bike Sale, which is likened to its popular garage sale.

And on Feb. 26, there's the Tri-Cities Half Marathon, which begins at John Dam Plaza in Richland and includes a 5K and a walk. REI members get a discount on registration fees.

The month closes out Feb. 29 with the store's seminar on snow and winter alpine safety, which is presented by Central Washington Search and Rescue.

Many of their events require registration, but the website indicates how many spots remain available.

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