ICHS Foundation raises over $38,000 in the first virtual edition of the Lunar New Year 5k

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ICHS Lunar New Year Virtual 5k

Participants from across the country joined together to raise money for free and low-cost health services for International Community Health Services patients.

ICHS Foundation raised $38,736 in the first-ever Lunar New Year Virtual 5k last week. Over 350 participants ran and walked courses of their own choosing, while practicing social distancing in this experimental fundraising event for ICHS Foundation. All the proceeds will fund free and low-cost health services for ICHS patients who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

Running together, safely apart

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events have been cancelled to decrease the spread of the virus. At the same time, many ICHS patients have lost health insurance at a time when access to health services are paramount. In order to continue this year’s Lunar New Year 5k to support our patients in a way that would keep participants safe, the planning committee pivoted to a new event format – a virtual 5k.

A new experience

As a virtual event, the Lunar New Year Virtual 5k was planned to provide flexibility for participants to run safely. Rather than a set course on a specific day, participants completed their 5k runs or walks along the course of their own choosing throughout the week. Some participants took a walk in their local neighborhoods, others ran along the old race course on the Interurban Trail in Shoreline, and others completed trail runs in Grand Canyon, Arizona.

The event reached two milestones. The first being the widest age range with participants age 1 to 93 joining in the event. The other, being the most wide-reaching participation ever for ICHS Foundation with participants running in 15 states!

To continue the camaraderie and celebration, the virtual 5k also connected with the community on social media. Participants shared selfies and course photos wearing their event t-shirts and using the hashtag #ICHSLNY5k. ‘Running together, safely apart’ became the central message of the race as social media pages filled with photos of participants sharing in their commitment to the cause and completion of the race.

As our communities continue to be resilient through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, this February has also been a time of hope as ICHS has continued to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to our most vulnerable. Despite the challenges we all face together, ICHS Foundation continues to bring together the community to support the mission of health equity and access for ICHS patients.

We look forward to seeing you next year – the Year of the Tiger!

 

We extend our gratitude to our generous 2021 Lunar New Year Virtual 5k sponsors:

 

PLATINUM SPONSOR ($7,500):

Columbia Bank logo

 

GOLD SPONSORS ($5,000):

Super jock 'n jill logo

 

SILVER SPONSORS ($2,500):

Amerigroup

Arcora Foundation

Kaiser Permanente Logo

 

BRONZE SPONSORS ($1,000):

Denise Louie Education Center

Molina Healthcare of Washington

Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing ($1,500 contribution)

Seattle Gummy Company

Run your own way in the 2021 Lunar New Year Virtual 5k

Lunar New Year Virtual 5k 2021 ICHSICHS Foundation today opened registration for the annual 2021 Lunar New Year 5k at www.ichs.com/5k.

Beginning on the first week of the Lunar New Year Feb 12th – 18th, the Lunar New Year Virtual 5k’s new format provides more flexibility for participation. Registrants choose their own course and personal day to race, while encouraging safely physically distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Race proceeds fund patient health care access

All race proceeds will fund patient health services for families who could not otherwise afford them.

“Its been a tough year, and ICHS has been on the frontlines caring for patients and our communities.” says Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation Director, “This event is a way for us all to celebrate a new, better year ahead and support our patients.”

The event is hosted by the ICHS Foundation, a separate non-profit that fundraises year round to support ICHS’s patients with free or low-cost health services. The COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to the health insurance coverage for many Washington residents highlights the importance of providing affordable health care access to anyone who needs it.

Registration is now open

The Lunar New Year Virtual 5k is open to all ages. Participants run or walk the course of their choice during the first week of the Lunar New Year (Feb. 12-18, 2021). Registration is $35 with an early bird discounted price of $30 ending Jan. 12, 2021. Attendees under 14 or 65 and older can participate for free.