Submitted by Westside Cooperative Preschool

For the last 13 years, the Friendship Run has provided an opportunity for South Sound runners to dust off their running shoes and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, all while supporting a great cause. All proceeds from the Friendship Run support the Westside Cooperative Preschool (a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit) by providing funding for the preschool’s scholarship program, as well as educational materials and supplies for the school.

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The Friendship Run celebrates 14 years supporting the Westside Co-op Preschool. Photo courtesy: Westside Co-op Preschool.

The Friendship Run started in 2003 with just a 5K race, and a 10K was added for the Run’s 10th anniversary in 2013. We have stroller divisions in both distances, and also offer a free kid’s run for kids age 2 to 8. Prizes are awarded to all age group and grand prize winners.

The race is traditionally held on the weekend nearest St. Patrick’s Day, but we decided to have the race one weekend later to give us a better chance of great spring weather.

Our course begins at McLane Elementary School in west Olympia, and heads north towards The Evergreen State College. The 5K course loops south on Delphi Road, while the 10K continues on through the College campus and returns to McLane Elementary School.

The Friendship Run event also offers several great raffle prizes, generously donated by local businesses (tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5), as well as a large craft area for kids. Childcare is not provided during the race.

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This year’s Friendship Run will take place March 26. Photo courtesy: Westside Co-op Preschool

Race shirts are provided to the first 75 paid registrants, and will also be available for purchase on race day.

Check out the Friendship Run online, and follow us on Facebook for race information and updates.

You can register online now.

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