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 26, 2017. 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?
Information on check-in location coming soon.

When should I arrive for registration and check in?
Check-in will begin at 8:00 am. We recommended that you arrive as early as possible.

Where can I park?
Information on parking and directions are available here: www.ichs.com/make-a-gift/lunar-new-year-5k-directions/

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. Children under 13 years old are FREE.

Is the course stroller-friendly?
Yes! The course is stroller-friendly.

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.

Will there be awards for the top finishers?
Yes, there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for various age and gender categories, as well as for best 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?
Unfortunately we cannot allow registration transfers.

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 nearly $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. Most of 2017 falls under the Year of the Rooster. (The other animals are: Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep and Monkey.)

Don’t see an answer to your question above? You can email additional questions to the ICHS Foundation at foundation@ichs.com or call (206) 788-3672.