Registration open for Kent’s Christmas Rush Fun Run
KENT, Wash. – October 24, 2013 – Registration is now open for Kent’s 31st annual Christmas Rush Fun Run set for Saturday, December 7. Starting and finishing at Russell Road Park, the holiday tradition features a 10K run and 5K run/walk.
According to Kent Parks’ program coordinator Mark Hendrickson, the 5K is a modified out and back that will take runners along Riverbend Golf Course on their return trip to the finish line, while the 10K makes a big loop through the Kent Valley between Meeker Street and 212th Street.
“What’s nice about this race is the 5K and 10K runners will not ever intersect until the last 100 yards of the race, which is also the best place to watch your family and friends as they sprint to the finish. It’s fun to watch,” Hendrickson said.
Both races will be certified and chip-timed by BuDu Racing. Race day highlights include prize drawings and awards for the top five finishers in each age group, special activities and vendor booths.
The early entrance fee is $10 or $25 with a technical T-shirt before November 29. Week of race entrance fees are $20 or $35 with a technical T-shirt. Participants age 13 and under run for $5 and receive a finisher medal courtesy of the Tab Wizard.
“What started five years ago as a free offer for kids 13 and under could not be achieved this year due to a lack of sponsorship funding, said Hendrickson. “We hope to be able to offer the free 13 and under program in 2014 with a more robust sponsorship campaign." Scholarships are available through the Access to Recreation Initiative hosted by the Kent Parks Foundation.
Online registration is available at Active.com. Registration forms are also available at the Kent Commons and many Puget Sound athletic stores.
Avoid the lines on race day; pick up shirts and bibs at RoadRunner Sports at Kent Station, Wednesday, December 4, 3 - 7 p.m.
Race day registration and packet pick up is also available near the start/finish line at 8 a.m.
Parking is available at Russell Road Park, 24400 Russell Road; Neely O’Brien Elementary School, 6300 S 236th St. and Kent Elementary School, 2470064th Ave. S. Please allow for an additional 5-10 minute walk from each parking lot to the registration/starting area. Staff will be on site to provide guidance.
For more information, call 253-856-5050.
Michelle Wilmot, City of Kent, Community & Public Affairs