Spring is upon us—that magical season that awakens both the Olympic Mountains’ wildflowers and human hibernators from wet winter-long hideaways. Historically, we’ve loved this season for the return of summertime wildlife, warmer-weather camping, and a reignited fire to explore our prolific backyard.
This year, we again have a great reason to get fired up about springtime: the annual The Traveler 5k is just around the corner! Masterminded by the fine people at Hood Canal Events, and hosted by Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club, it has all the fixin’s to be the place to be to greet Spring.
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00am
WHERE: Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club’s The Pointe Union, Washington
WHAT: The Traveler 5k Run/Walk.
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The course meander along easy to moderate paved terrain with a few rolling hills. You’ll not only be flanked by a group of running companions, but will also encounter two aid/water stations along the way. The cheers of the local residents and excited onlookers are sure to give bounce to your step, and the excitement of live local music, good food, amazing views, and a cold beer will pull you through to the finish line.
Maybe 5k sound like too much for you…the non-timed one-mile dash begins at 10:00 AM on race day for a smaller registration price. Kids under 8 years-old race for free! And get this, this race is DOG Friendly!
Come for the run, stay for the party (or just come for the party)! A number of local vendors will be serving up post-run fare, beer, wine, and coffee. Explore Hood Canal will be front and center representing the community. Come by and say hello!
The Pointe is privy to sweeping views of Hood Canal and the seasonal apparition of the form of the iconic Traveler in the face of the Olympic Mountain Range across the way. There’s hardly a better way to set the warm season off right.
Event t-shirts are designed by local legend Kirk Endicott “K-Dog” and are available for registered participants for an additional $12.
What is it like to #BeTheTraveler on The Traveler 5.5K Run/Walk? You embrace the very best in local art, food, recreation, events and the undeniable beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The route offers something for travelers from all walks of life. The race will be professionally timed by Eclectic Edge Racing. The competitive runners will set up first at the starting line, with team and walker participants following right behind. Eclectic Edge Racing will provide online results and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers for all designated age brackets and Hood Canal Events will be providing prizes for top finishers, best individual/team and craziest costume themes.
Packet Pick-Up Available in Advance
Packet Pick-Up will be available on Friday April 20, 2018 between 5pm - 7pm at the Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club restaurant - E 330 Country Club Dr E, Union, WA. 98592. Beat the rush, grab race details and a bite and beverage while socializing with other participants Socializing? Get this, we've partnered up with the Great Bend Choir for the Billy Joel Beer Choir event! . If you are unable to attend the early packet pick-up, packet pick-up will be available on race day Saturday, April 21 between 8:30am - 9:30am.
With event entry all registered participants will receive race bib, timing chip and swag bag with goodies from our event sponsors and a local craft beer at the finish line for participants. Along with registration, 5% of event fees will be donated. This year we will be contributing 5% of our registration proceeds to Great Bend Center for Music. This local registered 501c(3) is both an institute for applied research in community music and a performing arts organization located in Union, WA. - to learn more visit greatbendmusic.org.
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Need a place to stay while you’re visiting? There are a number of excellent lodging options right around the corner. Visit our "Lodging" page to find the right one for you.
How about an activity for Sunday? The fun doesn’t stop after Saturday morning’s race! Check in with our “Things to Do” page for ideas on how to extend your play weekend.
We can’t wait to get a look at Hood Canal from your perspective! Be sure to tag your photos with #wildsideWA so we can take a peek. Join the conversation of runners and partiers with #BeTheTraveler. See you there!