Over 250 parents, kids, volunteers, runners, walkers, grandparents, dog owners, and community members joined the Chums of Terrell Creek to celebrate Healthy Water, Healthy People on a cloudy and damp Saturday, September 15th. The 6th Annual Run with the Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk was a huge success.
With rain in the forecast racers were ready with umbrellas, raincoats, and even towels. But the drizzle just added to the fun, keeping the air cool, and after such a hot dry summer we all can celebrate the coming of the rains. The Cherry Point and Point Whitehorn area is used for farming, recreation, and provides habitat to owls, hawks, salmon, coyotes, raccoon, rodents and many more. The lovely rolling course explored this habitat on a scenic loop through forests, along coastal bluffs and through farm lands. Along the way informational signs guided the participants with water quality and conservation tips and information to ponder as they moved through this inspirational setting.
Additionally, the 1k smolt sprint included salmon specific obstacles this year for the kids to work around as they made their way from fresh water spawning grounds to the open ocean. Large woody debris, cobbles and boulders as well as a culvert proved to challenge the young racers. Every smolt sprinter got to wear a real race bib and received a ribbon for their efforts. All racers were happy to wear their chocolate and teal Run with the Chums shirts.
Ten organizations were represented at the Start/Finish line providing information on how to improve habitat and water quality by making small changes in our own lives to protect our valuable natural resources and our own health. Twelve volunteers made the day go smoothly thanks to their dedication and enthusiasm.
Thank you to all the local businesses that donated prizes for this fun family friendly event! Edaleen Dairy, ModSock, Van Wingerden Home & Garden, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Flax4Life, HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle, Rad Dog, and Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 for their generous monetary support that helped make this event happen.