Despite a forecast of rain, sunny skies greeted runners and walkers for the fourth annual ICHS Foundation Lunar New Year 5k on February 23. The event raised $30,000 to support health care access for families who couldn’t otherwise afford it, taking place on the Interurban Trail just blocks away from the ICHS Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic.
Approximately 300 attendees ranged in age from 1 to 88, including one family of participants that included three generations – the parents running and grandparents walking with grandchildren. Highlights included a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed by the International Lion Dance Team and a lively group warmup led by Toshiko Aramaki, a Shoreline-area exercise instructor.
“It was wonderful to see so many people, of all ages, enjoying themselves for a great cause,” said Ron Chew, ICHS foundation director. “We look forward to building upon this year’s success, so start training for the Lunar New Year 5k in 2021, the Year of the Ox!”
The event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of many volunteers, sponsors and partners from within the community. The City of Shoreline and Aurora Rents were Presenting Sponsors. Race check-in was held in Shoreline City Hall and the Lunar New Year performance and vendors in the courtyard of Aurora Rents.
Volunteers from the Shoreline Fire Department donated time as medical emergency responders, while international education students from Shoreline Community College helped serve as event staff. Local organizations with a presence included the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park chapter of the League of Women Voters, Shoreline Senior Center and Prevail Physical Therapy.
- Aurora Rents
- City of Shoreline
- Swedish Hospital
- Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC
- Community Health Plan of Washington
- Tai Tung Inc.
- Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS)
- Aurora Borealis
- Merchant’s Parking Association
- Mei-Ling Woo State Farm Agency
- Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation Development Authority
Shoreline Area Donors:
- Central Market
- One Cup Coffee
- Starbucks on 185th Ave
- Streetzeria at the Beach
View Lunar New New Year 5k Photos on ICHS’s Facebook Page.