KENMORE, WASH– Over the last 75 years, a small community on the shores of Lake Washington has grown its air harbor into one of the largest seaplane operations in the world.
To honor Kenmore’s unique feature, the Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual Fly Away 5K from Sept. 18-26. This year’s race has flexible participation options due to pandemic precautions.
“We love the support of the community,” said Elizabeth Tackett, marketing manager for the Bothell Kenmore Chamber. “And we're hoping to have as many people involved as possible.”
The family-friendly event will begin with a kickoff party at the Kenmore Community Club on Sept. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. Tackett said attendees can look forward to games and goodies, such as a medal and swag bag, as well as the chance to meet other participants from around the community.
She says costumes are strongly recommended. Since the theme of the 5K is flying, the chamber urges participants to wear any sort of costume related to flight such as airplanes, helicopters, bees, birds or superheroes.
The actual race can be completed anytime between Sept. 18-26. Participants are encouraged to walk or run their own 5K on any trail, park, treadmill or road. Tackett urges people of all ages and abilities to get outside and exercise, even if they don’t complete the entire race.
“It's a great way to explore the parks and trails in the Kenmore and surrounding areas, or wherever you happen to be,” she said.
She said there will also be a photo contest with three different categories: best trail photo, best costume or running outfit, and best pet.
According to the chamber, registration for pets is free. From Sept. 1-16, the cost of regular registration is $35 for humans. Children age 15 and younger only cost $15. Participants can register online: https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Kenmore/FlyAway5K.
Tackett said all proceeds from the event will benefit the chamber, which is an independent nonprofit. The profits help to fund “economic and community building programs,” she said. To learn more about the chamber, visit https://bothellkenmorechamber.org.
In the spirit of flight, Tackett said she encourages people to utilize Kenmore Air and book a day or weekend trip to a local destination like the San Juan Islands or Victoria, B.C. The air harbor is celebrating its 75th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 28. For more information, go to www.kenmoreair.com/celebrate-75/.