Outdoor Adventures

Celebrate Spring: Pedal and Run Your Way Through Northwest Spring Flowers

As the sunny days start to add up, why not enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms, lilacs tulips, and wildflowers by planning an active adventure? We’ve gathered these not-to-be-missed events across Washington and Oregon to help you plan. Start your training runs, walks, or rolls now!


UW Cherry Blossom Run – March 22
Get ready to kick off the blooming season with the UW Cherry Blossom Run on Sunday, March 22. Choose your level of difficulty. The Sip N’ Stroll 5K, Kids 1K run, half marathon or a 5K walk/run. See you on campus bright and early!

La Conner Tulip Pedal – April 18
Ready to dust off your bikes for a spring ride? On Saturday, April 18, take in the gorgeous tulip fields of La Conner and Mount Vernon with a 20, 40 or 60-mile Tulip Pedal. The mostly flat course offers stunning views of Mount Baker, the surrounding farmland, and of course, the vibrant tulip fields. The course is open and supported with rest stops from 7 a.m. to noon. Kids under 14 ride free, so pack up some healthy snacks, your camera and plan a family cycling adventure.

Can’t make the April 18 event? Track the tulip’s status on the bloom map for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and plan your own ride.

Winthrop Sunflower Trail Marathon and Relay – May 2
Take in the spectacular sunflower fields of the Methow Valley on an epic mixed-trail run during the Sunflower Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and Relay on May 2. Not marathon ready? No problem! Gather a group of five runners and complete it as a relay, with easy, moderate and difficult legs to choose from.

Bloomsday – May 3

When the lilacs start blooming, we start running! The 12K Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane promises to smell good. It’s open to runners, joggers, walkers, wheelchairs, and strollers.


Race for the Tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival – March 21
Just 45 minutes out of Portland, you’ll find 40 acres of colorful tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Ore. Up for a challenge? Sign up for Race for the Tulips 5K, 10K, or half marathon run on March 21 and enjoy the scenery while getting a great workout.

If you can’t make the race, check the field report and plan your own adventure before the festival ends. Family-friendly weekend activities include tram and hay wagon rides, a tulip market, wine tasting, and children’s play area.

Whether you’re planning to hit up one of these events or just enjoy the spring blooms around your neighborhood, get out and celebrate an active spring!