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FREEDOM VAULTS

Competitors from around the region soared through the air at Freedom Fair Beach Vault on July 4. They were split into different categories, based on experience and skill level. This is the 16th year pole vaulting has been part of Freedom Fair, Tacoma’s annual 4th of July celebration.

50 YEARS OF PACIFIC RACEWAYS

Locally owned and operated Pacific Raceways celebrates 50 years in business and welcomes the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals July 9-11 in Kent.

For 50 years drag racing’s biggest stars have raced Pacific Raceways and won including Don Garlits, John Force, and Don Prudhomme; and now a new generation of drag racing stars return to Pacific Raceways; Tonny Shumacher, Ashley Force-Hood, Antron Brown and more. Feel the thrill as they unleash 7,000 horsepower of nitro fury and tear up the track at 300 miles per hour.

Speed thrills all weekend with nitro qualifying Friday, intense final qualifying Saturday, and final eliminations on Sunday and remember every ticket is a pit pass to meet your favorite drivers and see the cars up close.

The track at Pacific Raceways opened in 1960 with a mission of providing a safe, controlled environment for racing. The owners, the Fiorito family, have been involved since its inception in 1958 when Dan Fiorito Sr. wanted to eliminate the dangers of teenage racing on public streets. Since Pacific Raceways opened in 1960, it had a few name changes, from Pacific Raceways to Seattle International Raceway and back to Pacific Raceways.

For more information about Pacific Raceways and upcoming events, log on to pacificraceways.com.

BICYCLING EVENT WITH DARING SPIN

Visit Ruston Way near Marine Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 17 and experience a bike competition rarely seen in Tacoma. Taking place on the rocks, beach, logs and other natural obstacles on the Ruston Way waterfront, the T-Town Throwdown Bike Trials competition is like rock climbing – on a bike!

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