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           The Kent Bowl 2019 Grand Prix Series Schedule

 

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By Betty Dietrich
11/10/18
Attention, Silver Striders!  Exciting changes will take place with the Grand Prix Series in 2019.  Two…not one…but TWO Grand Prix Series will take place at the same time!   How does this work?  It’s simple. Most of the races in both Series will follow the same schedule for the first four months of the year.  When you enter a Grand Prix Series race that is listed on both schedules, you will get credit for both Series.

With this major change in the timeline, the Grand Prix Series will now begin in January and end in December.

We have been working very hard to make the 2019 Series the best yet!  It will be the 10th Annual Grand Prix Series and 8 new races have been added to the schedule.

In February, the much-awaited MYSTERY RUN will be held.  This year’s Mystery Run is the VALENTINE’S DAY 5K in Olympia. The race will take place on Saturday, February 9th and will start and finish in beautiful Priest Point Park.  The Valentine’s Day 5k is a race with a  big heart.  Money raised from this event will go toward making sure less fortunate kids in Thurston County have food to take home on the weekends. This race counts in both GP Series.

If you’re in the mood for romance, you can sign up the following day for the MY BETTER HALF 5K  in Seward Park.  Brought to you by Orca Running, this race will be giving out tons of LOVEly bling.  A 1/4 zip long-sleeved shirt and finisher’s medal will be awarded to all participants.  There are 3 distances being offered at this race.  Only the 5k counts in the GP Series. If you want to earn GP points, you must run the 5k. “Prepare yourself for a running event like no other.  Romance. Kitsch. Sweat. My Better Half is a celebration of running, romance and rom-coms”.

 

Tacoma Community College is the setting for the next new race on the Grand Prix Series schedule. The 4th annual H.I.T. THE TRAIL 5K will take place in March 2019 on the college campus. This event is a student-led project organized by the graduating class of the HIT (Health Information Technology) department. The object of this event is to provide an opportunity for students to put their project management skills to use and to raise funds to benefit future HIT students. The race features a tour of the campus, prize drawings and chip timing.

By popular request, we have added the NORTH OLYMPIC DISCOVERY MARATHON in Port Angeles to our roster of new races in the Grand Prix Series. “This is a point to point course that incorporates the beautiful Olympic Discovery Trail… with a five mile finishing stretch along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon is truly one of the most beautiful marathon venues anywhere”. There will be 4 distances offered at this event – 5k, 10k, Half, & Full Marathon. You can select any distance to earn GP points.  The NODM is eager to welcome Silver Striders to this event.  According to the race director, they are “extremely walker friendly”.  Silver Striders will receive a 10% discount on the entry fee.

This year the 4th of July race will be the CARNATION RUN FOR THE PIES 5K in Snoqualmie Valley.  This is a competitive flat, fast certified course but it’s also a family friendly event. Super-Master Male & female finishers take home $150 cash prize money. The top 3 finishers in each age division win a famous Remlinger Farms pie. But you don’t have to be a fast runner.  Every participant gets a piece of Remlinger Farms pie after the race. Then enjoy the fun at the Carnation 4th of July celebration.

 

Half-marathoners will be excited to hear that the IRON HORSE HALF MARATHON in North Bend has been included in the 2019 Grand Prix Series.  Brought to you by Orca Running, the Iron Horse Half will take place on August 25th. It is a USATF certified half marathon that is 90% downhill!  The race starts at Olallie State Park, runs along the Iron Horse Trail and the Snoqualmie Trail and finishes in North Bend. “The course is nearly all downhill at a steady, gentle grade, except for some very short flat sections”. Following the race, you will be able to enjoy a post-race beer garden and free barbecue.

In October, the POULSBO HALF MARATHON AND 10K will return to the Grand Prix Series. The 10k was part of the GP Series in 2013.  Orca Running recently took over the event and made some significant changes. The primary change is an entirely different course for both the Half Marathon and the 10k.  Each race now starts and finishes at Liberty Bay Waterfront Park in downtown Poulsbo.  Finisher medals for all runners and walkers will now be awarded to participants as they cross the finish line.  Following the race, finishers will be served homemade mac’ n’ cheese – beefy and regular.  Flash your medal to receive a discount on beverages from Slippery Pig Brewery.  Choose to run either the 10k or Half to earn Grand Prix Series points at this event.

You may have noticed that several of the races in the GP Series this year are brought to you by Orca Running.  The Orca Half Marathon, also brought to you by Orca running, will be returning to the Series schedule again in 2019.  Your feedback about Orca Running has been so positive that 4 of their races will be included in 2019.  An added bonus is that when you run any 3 Orca Running races in 2019, you will receive the Friend of the Pod medal!  Orca Running welcomes the Silver Striders and is offering a 10% discount on their entry fees for each of their races in the Grand Prix Series.

The Gig Harbor Turkey Trot

The 8th race to make its debut in the 2019 Grand Prix Series is the GIG HARBOR TURKEY TROT 5K. This race began in 2003 with about 20 runners who showed up on Thanksgiving Day for a fun run through the streets of Gig Harbor. It kept growing every year and now hosts over 1500 runners and walkers. Maybe the popularity of this local race is the low entry fee, a reminder of the good old days.  It could be the family friendly atmosphere where participants burn off some calories before their annual Thanksgiving feast. Or it could be the chance to run in downtown Gig Harbor along the picturesque waterfront. Whatever the reason, it’s a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  Participants are asked to donate 2 cans of food, in addition to their entry fee, so that others will not go hungry. Proceeds from this race support the FISH food bank.

There will be six Select Your Distance events in 2019:
Saturday, March 2nd – The Foothills Dash 5k or 10k or Half Marathon
Sunday, April 28th – All In For Autism 5k or 10k
Saturday, May 19th – The Rhody Run 12k or 6k
Sunday, June 2nd – The NODM 5k or 10k or Half or Full Marathon  (To qualify for the Sandra Madden Award, you must do the Full) Marathon)

Saturday, August 3rd – The Anacortes Art Dash 5k, 10k, Half Marathon
Sunday, October 12th – Poulsbo Half Marathon and 10k

Remember! ONLY these 6 events qualify as Select Your Distance races.  At all of the other races, you will need to run the distance shown on the Grand Prix Series schedule if you want to earn Grand Prix Series points.

One more thing – The 5th ANNUAL TORTOISE and HARE 5k AND POTLUCK has been moved to October 5th.  This will be an opportunity for the Silver Striders to gather together for our annual tradition of good running, good food and great friendship!

For a detailed explanation of how the Grand Prix Series works, click the Grand Prix Series Schedule on the top menu bar.  Then click on the 2019 Grand Prix Series to learn how to earn Grand Prix Series points.

For those of you who have participated in the Series before, welcome back. We hope you will find the next schedule fun and challenging.

For those new to the Series, you are just in time to join in the fun. It’s a great way to keep motivated throughout the coming year and to make some great friendships.

2019 – 10th Annual Kent Bowl  Grand Prix Series

Saturday, January 5th      FSRC Resolution Run 5k        Steilacoom

Saturday, January 19th     No Sun Fun Run 5k            Puyallup

Saturday, February 9th     Valentine’s Day 5k            Olympia*

Sunday, February 10th    My Better Half 5k*            Seattle*

Saturday, March 2nd    Foothills Dash 5k or 10k or Half**    Orting

Saturday, March 9th        H.I.T. The Trail 5k            Tacoma*

Saturday, April 6th          The Tulip Run 10k            Burlington

Sunday, April 28           All In For Autism 5k or 10k**       Bellevue

Sunday, May 19th        Rhody Run 12 K  or 6k**         Port Townsend

Sunday, June 2nd        NODM 5k or 10k or Half or Full**        Port Angeles*

Sunday, June 9th        Bear Run 5k                Maple Valley

Saturday, June 15th        Strawberry Short-K 5k         Olympia

Thursday, July 4th        Run For The Pies 5k            Carnation*

Saturday, July 13th        Kent Cornucopia Days 5k        Kent

Saturday, July 20th         Bill Burby 5k                Vashon Island

Saturday, July 27th         Whale of a Run 4 Mile        Silverdale

Saturday, August 3rd     Art Dash 5k or 10k or Half**        Anacortes

Sunday, August 11th         Lake Union 10k            Seattle

Saturday, August 17th         Run Like A Dog 5k          Olympia

Sunday, August 25th    Iron Horse Half            North Bend*

Monday, September 2nd    Labor Day Half Marathon        Redmond

Saturday, September 21st      Summer’s End 5k            Covington

Sunday, September 22nd        Orca Half Marathon            West Seattle

Saturday, October 5th    Tortoise and Hare 5k & Potluck       Tacoma

Saturday, October 12th    Poulsbo Half or 10k**        Poulsbo*

Sunday, October 27th     Run Scared 5k            Seattle

Saturday, November 9th    Fowl Run 5k                 Mt. Vernon

Thursday, November 28th    Turkey Trot 5k            Gig Harbor*

Saturday, December 14th      Christmas Rush 5k            Kent

Sunday, December 15th      Reindeer Run 5k            Olympia

 

* NEW RACES IN THE SERIES
** PICK YOUR OWN DISTANCE

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