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Why Tacoma

Tacoma is an underappreciated but quite lovely city. We will be in Old Town, and most activities will be within walking distance or a short drive. Running trails, Commencement Bay, great Northwest cuisine, and a waterfront hotel are all part of the deal. The climate is perfect - where else can you schedule running events in June and not worry (too much) about the heat? Seattle is close enough that a visit there is entirely do-able. Finally... it is time to meet in the Pacific Northwest again!

Mark your calendars! Tacoma (Washington, U.S.A.) - June 13-15, 2008

About Tacoma

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in Washington (United States of America) named after the nearby Mount Rainier, which was originally called Mount Tahoma from the indigenous name "tacobet" ("mother of waters").

Inhabited for thousands of years by American Indians, predominantly the Puyallup people, who lived in several settlements on the delta of the Puyallup river (and called the area where Tacoma would be built "Squa-szucks"), Tacoma has been visited by European and American explorers, including George Vancouver and Charles Wilkes, who named many of the coastal landmarks.

It is known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the site of the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s. The decision of the railroad was influenced in part because of Tacoma's neighboring Commencement Bay. By connecting the bay with the railroad Tacoma's motto became "When rails meet sails". Today Commencement Bay serves the Port of Tacoma, a major player in international trade on the Pacific Coast.

The discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898 led Tacoma's prominence in the region to be eclipsed by the booming development of Seattle.

Tacoma has been named as one of the most livable areas in the country, and was also recently listed as one of the most walkable cities in the United States.