Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

When and where is the ICHS Lunar New Year 5k?
The 5k will be held at Shoreline Interurban Trail (South Central segment) on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The race starts promptly at 9:30am and ends at or before 11:30am.

Is this a run or a walk?
It is both! We welcome walkers and runners of all ages and ability levels. This event will be chip timed.

How do I register?
You can register online on the ICHS website. Day-of registration begins at 8:00 am.

Where do I check in?
Once you arrive at the event, you can check-in at:

City of Shoreline City Hall

17500 Midvale Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133

When should I arrive for registration and check in?
Check-in will begin at 8:30 am. We recommended that you arrive as early as possible.

Where can I park?
Information on parking and directions are available here: In general, you can park at Shoreline City Hall, Aurora Rents, Skyline Windows, and street parking around the area.

Are there public transit or alternate options to get to the race?
The King Country Metro Transit’s E Line and 301 buses stop close to the race. We will also have an area for storing bikes that will be supervised by a race volunteer. Please note that while we will do our best to protect your property, we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

When does the race start?
The race will start promptly at 9:30am. Walkers and participants with dogs will depart shortly after runners at 9:35am.

How long will the race take?
The race is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). If you are running, the course may take up to an hour to complete depending on your speed. Walking the course can take up to 75 minutes (again depending on your speed).

Is it ok if I bring my children?
Of course! We encourage families to participate.

Is the course stroller-friendly?
Yes! The course is stroller-friendly. However, there are a set of stairs that needs to be crossed over about half way toward the course.

Is it ok for me to bring my dog?
Yes, it is ok to bring your dog provided it is on a leash and well-behaved. Participants with leashed pets will be asked to start behind the runners. Owners with unruly or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave their dog at the start line or leave the race. Please review the event pet rules for more information.

What should I wear?
Dress for cold, potentially rainy weather. Wear comfortable running shoes. We welcome and encourage themed costumes, but feel free to dress in regular running clothes if you prefer.

Will there be race photography?
Yes. Photographs from the race will be available online after the event on our facebook page.

Will there be awards for the top finishers?
Yes, there will be 1st place awards for various age and gender categories, as well as for best pig costume.

I’ve already registered but can’t make it anymore. Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately we cannot allow refunds for schedule changes.

I’ve already registered but can’t make it anymore. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Registration transfers would need to be made by February 7 at 11:59 pst. Email with your full name and the full name of the person you are transferring your registration to.

What is ICHS?
International Community Health Services (ICHS) is a nonprofit community health center that provides affordable health services to underserved and vulnerable communities in Washington State. We serve everyone who comes through our doors. Every year, ICHS provides more than $1 million in charity care. For over four decades, ICHS has prided itself in providing multilingual and culturally-relevant care. Learn more about our ICHS.

What is Lunar New Year?
Lunar New Year is a celebration of the new year in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Mongolian cultures based on the lunar calendar. Celebrations can take place over multiple days, and often include family get-togethers, large meals, firecrackers, and parades (sometimes with lion or dragon dancing). In the lunar calendar, years are represented by animals over the course of a twelve-year cycle. 2019 is the year of the pig.

Don’t see an answer to your question above? You can email additional questions to the ICHS Foundation at or call (206) 788-3694.