The sixth annual Kewash half marathon is approaching on Saturday, April 20. There will be three races, a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon, which will take place in Washington at 8 a.m. that day.
It all began when a group of local runners were looking for a time and place to run together. They slowly added more races, the 5K and 10K, and grew the event.
So far, they are expecting more than 350 people representing 13 different states. Shawn Loy, one of the organizers of the race, said part of the fun of the race is being able to show off Washington to a group who may not know anything about it.
“Bigger isn’t always better,” she said of race size. “I think sometimes for (runners), that small-town charm is kind of neat because they’re not used to that.”
Loy said the race is for anyone who wants to run or walk and support local programs in the area. Various local businesses will be supporting and the Washington Fire Department will have members forming a relay team to run the 10K.
All profit made from the race will be donated to Girls on the Run and Let Me Run, two youth running programs in the county, to the YMCA and to various sports programs in the area.
New this year is the record challenge, a prize being awarded by Washington State Bank. The overall male and female winners are eligible for a $1,000 payout if they set new course records. Loy said she is looking forward to the race and introducing people to the area.
“We’ll draw some of those elite runners in and we may get some more people,” she said of anticipating race day. “We’ll see a whole variety of abilities.”
Those wishing to register for the race may do so in person the day of the race or online on their website at: kewashhalfmarathon.wixsite.com/kewashhalfmarathon.