5K fun run is now a big Newcastle Days draw

September 2, 2011

By Christina Lords

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People participating in the Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk can benefit from the event twofold, according to organizer Lee Strom.

It’s a healthy activity to connect with the community, and all proceeds from this year’s 5K go toward providing scholarships to college-bound students from Newcastle, he said.

The third annual run, sponsored by Valley Medical Center, will be Sept. 11 and begin and finish at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle. This year is the first year the run will be combined with the annual Newcastle Days festival.

The 3.1-mile scenic run/walk will be held on Newcastle trails and byways on a course with a mix of flat terrain and rolling hills.

Sign-ups for the event are available at www.active.com, at The Balanced Athlete at the Renton Landing and the FootZone stores in Bellevue and Issaquah. Mail-in registration is available at www.newcastle5k.com.

Registration through Sept. 9 is $25 for individuals or $20 each for groups of four people or more.

Race-day registration is $30 per person and $25 each for groups of four or more.

All participants will receive a T-shirt, and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by gender and age group. There will be a Kid’s Dash following the run/walk.

Sponsors will provide food, beverages and services at the event. Contributors include Valley Medical Center, Coal Creek YMCA, South Bellevue Chiropractics, The Balanced Athlete, Sweet Decadence, QFC and HomeStreet Bank.

The Newcastle Running Club is a nonprofit event-organizing committee operating in conjunction with the city of Newcastle.

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