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Registration underway for BYS Fun Run

Registration for the 35th Annual Bainbridge Youth Services Fun Run is off and running at www.bifunrun.com.

Organizers say the family-friendly Bainbridge Island tradition is a great way to kick off the Fourth of July celebration. The event begins in downtown Winslow and includes the 1 Mile Run/Walk at 9 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk at 9:15 a.m.; and Kids Dash on Winslow Green (Madison and Winslow Way) at 10:30 a.m.

Early registration is encouraged and all ages and abilities are welcome. All proceeds go to Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS), which for more than 50 years has been a cornerstone in the community, offering free and confidential counseling, scholarships and job services to youth and teens from ages 12 to 19.

“Our ability to directly serve youth annually with 1,200 hours of free counseling would not be possible without the wonderful partnership between the sponsors and runners who support BYS and the services that so many youth and their families depend upon each year,” said Bob Linz, board president of Bainbridge Youth Services.

New this year will be a BYS preregistration Fun Run booth during the downtown street fair from 5 to 8 p.m. July 3 at Winslow Green. Race packets also will be available for pickup.

Event check-in on July 4 begins at 7:30 a.m. at Winslow Green. Ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third place in each race for the male and female categories. All Kids Dash participants receive ribbons.

Preregistration fee for the 5K and the 1-Mile race is $20 with an optional T-shirt while supplies last. Kids Dash preregistration and day-of-race fee is $5 or $10 with T-shirt while supplies last. Day-of-race registration fee for the 1 Mile and 5K is $25.

This year’s Fun Run T-shirts feature artwork by Bainbridge High School senior Natalie Godfrey, winner of this year’s Fun Run Art contest. Second- and third-place winners, respectively, were Rose Conlan and Anna Stearns.

“Over 35 years the Fun Run has become a time-honored tradition for Bainbridge Island, bringing families and youth together to run or walk to kickoff our Grand Old Fourth of July celebration,” said Marina Cofer-Wildsmith, executive director of Bainbridge Youth Services. “This event exemplifies our mission of promoting youth wellbeing because it ties our area youth with their community and encourages them to give back in a positive and productive way.”

In addition to online registration at www.bifunrun.com, sign-up forms are available at the BYS office in Room 103 of the 200 Building on the Bainbridge High School campus. The BYS office can be reached at 206-842-9675.

Can’t participate in the event but still want to donate? Go to www.bainbridgeyouthservices.org. Or, sign up to be a volunteer for the event and earn student community service hours. Volunteers can sign up at the BYS office or by contacting Fun Run Coordinator Karen West at 206 999-1130 or km.west@comcast.net.

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