5K Run/Walk to provide more college scholarships

August 2, 2012

By Christina Lords

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With about $15,000 in scholarship money allocated to local students the past four years, officials are hoping for increased participation in this year’s Sept. 9 Newcastle 5K Run/Walk event, organizer Porter Bratten said.

The 5K is a way for residents to make a difference for local youths with aspirations through continued collegiate education, he said.

The money raised goes toward scholarships that help pay for tuition, room and board, and books.

The 3.1-mile course incorporates a mix of trails and paved roads through Newcastle parks and byways; it starts and finishes at Lake Boren Park.

Bib numbers, packets and registration will be available for pickup at the Newcastle 5K booth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Newcastle Days.

Participants can also pick up information and register at the event the day of the race from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The 5K run will start at 9 a.m. The course will close at 10:30 a.m. Post-event festivities will be held from event start until approximately 11 a.m.

Registration is $15 for high school students, $25 for individuals or $20 per person who registers with a group of four or more people before Aug. 15. Prices increase after Aug. 15 and for in-person registration.

The event will start in Lake Boren Park and head slightly uphill and south onto a wide trail. The trail intersects with Southeast 89th Place where it turns west, adjacent to May Creek Park, following the road as it meanders to a hairpin curve (at 124th Avenue Southeast). From there, it enters May Creek Park and follows a trail through the woods until it intersects again with Southeast 89th Place and follows the original trail back to Lake Boren Park.

“There’s really not many other real races like this that happen in our immediate area,” Bratten said. “There’s no reason this shouldn’t be really big for us. It’s a run/walk, and we do have many people that walk the whole thing. The course is not very hilly, so we have some really fast high schoolers that do it quickly, but it’s not like it’s not a competitive environment.”

After the race, residents are encouraged to stay and enjoy refreshments, a kids’ dash and services from the event’s sponsors, which include Valley Medical Center.

“The thing that we really want to emphasize this year that maybe hasn’t been emphasized in past years is that all funds raised go toward college scholarships for local high school students,” Bratten said.

Three high school seniors — Liberty High School student Annie Trumbull, of Issaquah; Hazen High School student Priscilla Yu, of Renton; and Interlake High School student Jorge Moreno-Nunez, of Newcastle — were awarded a $1,400 scholarship from the nonprofit Newcastle Running Club last year.

All three students demonstrated a willingness to give back to their communities and all are college-bound to further their education.

Winners of the scholarship are chosen based on equal parts of community involvement, grade point average, SAT or ACT test scores, financial need and an essay, Bratten said.

To qualify for the scholarships, the high school seniors must live in Newcastle or attend Hazen or Liberty high schools.

Total scholarships amounted to $4,200 in proceeds from last year’s race held in conjunction with Newcastle Days.

 

On the Web

Register for the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk at www.newcastle5k.com.

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