Chum Run ready for 22nd year

The 22nd annual Chum Run is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at South Whidbey Community Park’s forested trails off Maxwelton Road.

Participants are welcome to walk the forested trails if they please.

There will also be a free kids’ “Fry Run” in addition to the main event. Youth must be accompanied by an adult for the Fry Run.

The race is an all-inclusive family event that is designed for runners of all ages and skill levels.

Prizes will be handed out to the first three finishers in the male, female, high school and middle school categories.

Additional raffle prizes will be awarded, and all participants receive a Chum Run shirt at the end of the race.

Proceeds from the event will support the Healthy Island Youth Initiative (HIYI) Scholarship Program and South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District.

The scholarship program provides Island County youth, whose families may find the cost of organized physical activities a barrier to participation, with funds to participate in healthy and active organized events such as sports, dance classes, swim lessons and other programs.

Race registration is scheduled for 8-9:30 a.m., with the Chum Run slated to begin at 10 a.m., the Fry Run at 10:45 a.m. and the awards ceremony at 11 a.m.

The fee is $25 if paid in advance, and $30 the day of race.

To register in advance, visit http://swparks.org/event/chum-run/ or call parks program coordinator Carrie Monforte at 360-221-6788.

Volunteers are still being sought for the event. Those interested in volunteering can contact Monforte at programs@whidbey.com or 360-221-6788 for more information.

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