Online registration for the 39th annual Bainbridge Youth Services Fun Run is up and running at www.bifunrun.com.
Kick off your Fourth of July holiday with the family-friendly Bainbridge Island tradition. The fun run, which starts in downtown Winslow and features chip timing this year, is open to all ages and abilities.
All proceeds benefit Bainbridge Youth Services, which offers free and confidential counseling, scholarships and job services to youth and teens from ages 12 to 21.
“Our ability to directly serve youth annually with 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 Cezanne Allen, executive director of BYS.
BYS has a goal of having 1,000 participants this year, and there are three events to choose from: a 1-mile run/walk (starts at 9 a.m.); 5K run/walk (starts at 9:15 a.m.); and a Kids Dash (10:30 a.m.).
This year’s race will use chip timing devices for a more streamlined finish system, which will enable participants to quickly view their results. Online preregistration will continue until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. Day-of-race registration will begin at 7 a.m. July 4 and cut off at 8:30 a.m. sharp.
Fun Run packet pickup will be available July 3 during the downtown street fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Island Fitness’ lower parking lot on Madison Avenue.
Event check-in begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the Island Fitness lower lot.
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.
Organizers note there are early-bird discounts for those who register early.
Preregistration fee for the 5K and the 1 Mile race is $25 with an optional T-shirt while supplies last. Day-of-race registration fee is $35 for the 5K and 1-mile. The family and group rate is $90. Kids Dash fee is $10 with T-shirt while supplies last.
The Fun Run T-shirts feature artwork this year by Bainbridge High School student Molly Buck for her unique tennis shoe design. Second place went to Chloe Alvarez and third place went to Harrison Wilkinson Bennett. More than 80 entries were received.
Can’t participate in the event but still want to support community youth? Donate to BYS at www.bifunrun.com (the green donate now button). Every $100 donation equals 1.5 hours of counseling for youth ages 12 to 21.
For those who want to volunteer for the event, and students looking to earn student community service hours, contact Fun Run coordinator Karen West at email@example.com or call the BYS office at 206 842-9675.