Skagit Valley Tulip Run: A Colorful Celebration of Spring

They come in more than 3,000 different varieties and can grow to be 70 centimeters tall. They bloom in a rainbow of colors, and if you're lucky enough to find yourself in Skagit Valley in April, you'll see a display unlike any other in Washington. 

 

It's that time of year again, when the madness of March gives way to the breathtaking sights of the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival!

 

This weekend Brad, Steven and I headed north to Burlington to join in the celebration — and what better way to welcome spring than by dashing through a field of blooming tulips? We joined the more than 1,000 runners in the 25th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Run and captured some beautiful photos of Washington's most colorful season:

 

startline race set go runners 

On your mark, get set...

 

start race runners run 

Go!

 

spring tulips  

A beautiful way to welcome spring!

 

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Steven, Brad and I soak up the April sun

 

While cheering breathless runners through to the finish line, we met a friendly couple who hail all the way from Colorado. Chad and Annie are recent transplants from the Mile High City and have quickly fallen in love with the Northwest. 'We love the 'NW Male Action Figure' profile,' Annie explained. 'Only, in Colorado we call them the 'Rocky Mountain Gear-heads,' and every once in a while they play a round of golf!' They may be from Colorado, but we think Chad and Annie fit right in with our Northwest neighbors!

 

chad annie inner nw action figures runners 

Chad and Annie embrace their inner 'NW Action Figures'

 

If spring is your thing and you feel like adding a little color to your day, be sure to head north and check out the Tulip Festival. And if you missed us amongst the fields of flowers, don't worry, we'll be back in action this Thursday, April 15 at the grand opening of the Elliot Bay Book Store.

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