Racers of all ages and ability (and friendly canines) are invited to participate in the 25th annual March Point Run & Walk, a charity event scheduled Saturday, June 22 in Anacortes.
All proceeds will be donated to "CHOW," a weekend program aimed at eliminating childhood hunger in Skagit County. This program is in partnership with United Way, Skagit Publishing, and Helping Hands Food Bank serving more than 500 area children. Campaign fundraisers hope to raise at least $25,000.
This event attracts a variety of participants, from fun-seeking families to serious 5K, 10K and half-marathon competitors.
Leading off the morning of activities is participant registration at 7:30 a.m
A free, half-mile run for kids starts at 8:30 a.m. Please register pre-register your kids.
Runners/walkers in the 5K, 10K and half-marathon start their races together at 9 a.m. The races are USATF-certified, with chip times.
There is a complimentary lunch for participants, plus live music. The Children’s Museum of Skagit Valley will be there with Frankie the Fire Engine in a “Kids Zone” offering fun activities.
There are trophies for top finishers by age groups for the kids; custom awards from Sauk Mountain Pottery for the 5k, 10k, and half marathon. In addition, there is a raffle drawing during the awards ceremony with more than $1,000 in prizes for participants.
Pre-registration is encouraged at the event website: www.marchpointfunrun.com. Pre-registration race fees are $20 for 5k, $30 for 10k, and $40 for Half on or before June 10. After that date, fees are $25 for 5k, $35 for 10k and $45 for Half. Commemorative T-shirts are $15. Seniors over 70 run free, as do veterans. Pre-registration is encouraged but day of registration will be set up and a limited number of shirts will be for sale.
For details, visit www.marchpointfunrun.com.
The run begins on the grounds of the refinery at the north tip of March Point in Anacortes. It then takes runners over beautiful shoreline routes on March's Point Road, across the Point and back to the refinery.
To reach the Marathon refinery from I-5, turn off at Exit 230. From Burlington head west on Highway 20 toward Anacortes. Turn right at the stoplight on March's Point Road, opposite Similk Beach Golf Course. Follow signs to the refinery.