(Kent Phelan Photo).

(Kent Phelan Photo).

Passport to Pain

Riders tested their mettle on the island’s biggest hills last Saturday.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:11am
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The Passport to Pain, the annual fundraiser for the Vashon Island Rowing Club, drew more than 300 riders, who tested their mettle on the island’s biggest hills last Saturday.

On Monday, Colby Atwood, one of the organizers, said that it was too early to say how much the event netted for the club, but estimated it was “a good amount.”

He noted the reviews about the ride have been positive and called out the creativity of the checkpoint volunteers, who — outfitted in a variety of outlandish costumes, from penguins to Progressive insurance agents, to characters from Monty Python — stamped the ride’s trademark passports.

Next year, the event will be 10 years old, and a working slogan is already in place: A decade of pain. Plans are in the works for that event, Atwood said, including possibly expanding the ride’s shortest course and the shuttle service, as well as arranging housing for riders so they can stay over the night before the big ride.

Above, participants are set to leave Jensen Point.

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