International Community Health Services (ICHS) has announced plans to hold the second annual Lunar New Year 5k in Shoreline on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Earlier this year, ICHS organized the first-ever Lunar New Year 5k at the Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue to bring attention to its new Bellevue medical-dental clinic. The sold-out event attracted over 300 runners and walkers, raising over $21,000 to support uncompensated patient care.
The Lunar New Year is traditionally the most significant holiday for many Asian Pacific Islanders, marking the return of Spring and a special time for families to offer wishes for health and prosperity in the coming year. The Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017.
“With the success and popularity of this new tradition we thought it would be nice to now turn the spotlight on our other new ICHS clinic in Shoreline in 2017,” ICHS Foundation Director Ron Chew said.
Chew pointed out that the Lunar New Year 5k will take place along the Interurban Trail in Shoreline.
“We’re encouraging folks to integrate this healthy, family-friendly winter activity into their celebration of the New Year,” Chew said.
The start of the 5k will be launched with a colorful lion dance performance. The event includes chip-timing, awards in different age categories and for best costumes, raffle prizes and post-race food and beverages.
ICHS was established in 1973 as a free storefront clinic in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, providing bilingual health care to low-income residents, especially immigrant families and seniors. The agency now offers services through its seven locations, including new clinics in Bellevue and Shoreline. Last year, ICHS served over 25,500 unduplicated patients and provided interpretation in 53 languages.
Last year, ICHS provided $1.2 million in charity care. Proceeds from the Shoreline 5k will go toward supporting care for these patients in need.
The 37,000 sq. ft. ICHS Shoreline medical-dental clinic is located at 16549 Aurora Ave. N. The new three-story facility opened in September, 2014 as the first non-profit community health center in Shoreline. A pharmacy is scheduled to open inside the clinic later this year.
Early registration is $25. A free commemorative t-shirt will be included along with the registration fee. The event will be free to children under 13 and those over the age of 70. Seniors between the ages of 60 and 69 will receive a $5 discount.
The race website will open for registration in late July. For information about the event or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Christine Loredo at 206-788-3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit www.ichs.com/5k