Newcastle 5K scholarships now available

April 1, 2014

NEW — 12:05 p.m. April 1, 2014

Three lucky college-bound Newcastle teens will be awarded $1,000 in scholarship funds, thanks to proceeds raised from the 2013 Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk.

Scholarship applications are now available. Obtain application materials by emailing a request to

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be high school seniors and live in Newcastle or attend Hazen or Liberty high schools.

Finalists are selected based on grade point average, college admission test score, financial need, a personal essay, and their school and community involvement.

Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2014

Get a start on fitness at your local library

Not long ago, I found myself walking up a moderate incline of a driveway, realizing my heart was beating a little faster and my breath was a little harder to catch than the situation warranted. My first thought — “Hmm, maybe an iron deficiency?” It didn’t take but another step or two for me to recognize that, nope, I’m simply out of shape.

Vicki Heck

Vicki Heck

I’ve always considered myself a fit person. I eat right, do yoga and walk. But, on closer inspection of my days, I see my life has changed. I sit at work, my senior dogs don’t go as fast or as far on our walks and my gym membership has lapsed. Busy days make it tough to squeeze in one more thing, so how am I going to get motivated?

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Registration open for Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk

August 11, 2011

NEW — 9:39 a.m. Aug. 11, 2011

Registration has begun for this year’s Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk.

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

Registration is $25 for individuals or $20 each for groups of four people 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.

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Fourth of July fireworks set at Lake Boren

June 3, 2011

Details emerging for Newcastle Days

UPDATED — 10:50 a.m. June 29, 2011

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration in Lake Boren Park is a go this year, thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from Lake Boren Townhomes, which opened in April on the north shore of Lake Boren. Resident Shel Neufeld also offered to match as much as $1,000 of contributions from local businesses for the event.*

This year’s celebration in the park will include music from Seattle cover band Shelley and the Curves, food vendors and — of course — a lot of fireworks to light up the twilight sky.

The celebration starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at 10 p.m. Don’t forget a blanket. The new playground will be open for children in attendance.

“We are extremely excited to be part of the Newcastle community and are happy to do what we can to keep the celebration going,” Lake Boren Townhomes developer Claudio Guincher said in a news release. “Future homeowners will have a front row seat to the fireworks celebration. This is something we want them to be able to enjoy for years to come.”

Mayor John Dulcich said he was very grateful for the contribution from the developer.

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5K is likely to join Newcastle Days lineup

May 6, 2011

The Newcastle 5K, in its third year this year, will likely join the Newcastle Days lineup this summer, according to Newcastle Days committee officials.

The race, which typically takes place in late August, will be held the morning of Sept. 10 as part of the festivities in Lake Boren Park.

The race typically begins and ends in Lake Boren Park. It follows a 3.1-mile path, circles the park and follows city trails to the south.

Valley Medical Center has again committed to sponsoring Newcastle Days with $10,000.

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Newcastle 5K raises $5,300

September 30, 2010

NEW — 5 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

The second-annual Newcastle 5K Run/Walk — held Aug. 28, starting and finishing in Lake Boren Park — raised $5,300 for the Hazen High School Booster Club.

The funds will be used to support the school’s cross country and track teams.

“These donations have been made possible from participant fees, generous sponsor support, city of Newcastle staff and significant volunteer hours,” organizer Lee Strom wrote in a press release.

The presenting sponsor for the event was Valley Medical Center. Click here to see the full list of sponsors.

Second-annual Newcastle 5K Saturday

August 26, 2010

NEW — 4:20 p.m. Aug. 26, 2010

Nonprofit organization Newcastle Running Club will produce the second annual Newcastle 5K Run/Walk Saturday in Lake Boren Park. The race will start promptly at 9 a.m., and festivities will immediately follow.

Register online at or at Lake Boren Park from 7-8 a.m. Saturday. Online registration ends at noon tomorrow.

Online registration costs $25 per person or $20 per person for groups of four or more. Registration the day of the event costs $30 per person or $25 per person for groups of four or more.

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