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The popular Christmas Rush Fun Run and Walk, an annual Kent tradition for 30 years, returns Saturday, Dec. 8, with MultiCare Health System as the title sponsor.
MultiCare presents 30th Christmas Rush Fun Run in Kent on Dec. 8
The popular Christmas Rush Fun Run and Walk, an annual Kent tradition for 30 years, returns Saturday, Dec. 8, with MultiCare Health System as the title sponsor. All kids ages 13 and younger can participate for free, thanks to MultiCare,
The event begins at 9:50 a.m. with the start of the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run, followed by the start of the 5K at 10 a.m., at Russell Road Park.
Online registration is available at Active.com. (Registration forms also are available at the Kent Commons and many Puget Sound-area athletic stores.)
If you register before Nov. 30, the entrance fee is $10 (or $25 if you want to include a T-shirt). On Dec. 1, the fees go up to $20 (or $35 to include a T-shirt).
All participants age 13 and younger run for free and receive a complimentary T-shirt courtesy of MultiCare.
“MultiCare has made it possible for all kids 13 and younger to participate in the run for free," said Janelle Tiegs, Kent/Maple Valley/Northshore Regional Manager for MultiCare. "Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, a part of MultiCare, is focused on keeping kids and their families healthy through activities such as the Christmas Rush and through an expansion of our pediatrics services in Auburn, Maple Valley and Kent."
In South King County, MultiCare includes MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, a network of Primary Care, Specialty Care and Urgent Care clinics in Auburn, Kent, Covington and Maple Valley, as well as the new Emergency Department that opened at the MultiCare Covington Medical Center. MultiCare also plans to build a hospital in Covington.
The event will celebrate 30 years of running in Kent and MultiCare is the perfect partner to help ensure the annual winter tradition continues, said Mark Hendrickson of Kent’s Parks and Recreation Cultural Programs division.
“Thanks to a program started five years ago by Tab Wizard, the event has the fifth highest participation for kids under the age of 13 in the United States," said Hendrickson. "Last year nearly 600 kids were able to run or walk for free and receive a finisher’s T-shirt for their efforts."
Both races will be certified and chip timed by BuDu Racing. Highlights include live holiday music, and prizes and awards for the top five finishers in each age group. Special activities and vendor booths will round out the morning to create a festive atmosphere.
To avoid the lines on race day, pick up shirts and bibs from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at RoadRunner Sports at Kent Station. 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. Please allow for an additional 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot to the registration/starting area. Staff will be on site to provide guidance.
“Veterans of the race will appreciate some of the new improvements to the course and starting area," Hendrickson said. "The 5K is a modified out and back that will take runners along Riverbend Golf Course on their return trip to the finish line. The 10K course will consist of a big loop that goes through the Kent Valley between Meeker Street and 212th Street. The best part of the new course is that the 5K and 10K runners will not ever see each other until the last 25 yards of the race. It’s been three years in the making to insure those runners don’t share the same course.”
Many healthy adults can increase their level of moderate activity without an extensive medical exam. However, please be sure to check with your physician before beginning or changing your physical activity habits.For more information call 253-856-5050.
Good pair of walking or running shoes
Comfortable clothing and socks
Sun protection (hat/visor and sunscreen)
Training and Nutrition Tips
The Kent Christmas Rush Fun Run Training Tips Series was developed by Greg Klein of South Sound Running and sponsored by New Balance. Our Wellness Dietitians at MultiCare Health System provided the nutrition tips.