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5K Chum Run means fun, funding for SWHS cross country team

When it began 14 years ago, the Chum Run was supposed to be a highly competitive venue for top runners. It isn’t any more.

“Years ago, the race organizers wanted to develop the Chum Run into a major competitive running race, but it just didn’t go in that direction,” said race director Fraser Mann. “The race evolved into a more fun-loving community event that was more inclusive of the non-competitive runners.”

The fun begins promptly at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 6 at South Whidbey Community Park in Langley.

Once again, the 3.1-mile course will be divided into thirds so youngsters can run with friends.

Money collected from the Chum Run will be divided between the high school cross country team and the South Whidbey Community Park scholarship fund.

“The cross country team is a permanent recipient,” Mann explained.

“This is the perfect fit for the race, because a primary goal of the Chum Run has been to encourage endurance running in young people. Now we can also provide financial assistance.”

The cross country team has always had to supplement the limited school budget to pay for travel expenses to invitational meets around the state. Money from the Chum Run will help with this effort, plus the race now will benefit from additional volunteer help.

Cross country and track coach Doug Fulton knows the value of the event.

“The proceeds from the Chum Run will go a long way in helping to cover traveling and other race-related expenses for our group of dedicated and hard-working student athletes,” Fulton said.

There will be prizes for the best team name and team costumes.

On the competitive side, prizes will be awarded for the top male and female runners, and the top male and female high school and middle school runners.

The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Runners in the kids’ Fry Race run free of charge.

For more information, call 221-5484 or visit www.swparks.org.

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