BILL BURBY FUN RUN
What:More than three decades old, the Bill Burby 10- and 5-kilometer fun runs are held in conjunction with the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival. The run is named after a popular local coach and teacher who died in 1989. A 5-kilometer walk is also available.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.
Where: Vashon Island YMCA at the corner of Vashon Highway and Gorsuch Road.
Getting there: Take the ferry from Point Defiance Park to Vashon Island, then follow Vashon Highway to the YMCA.
History: Burby was known for getting healthy education added to local school curricula in the 1970s and he was instrumental in starting this race, which was originally called the Strawberry Festival Run. The festival started in 1909. It includes many other events such as parades, a carnival for kids and a beer garden. For more information on the festival, visit vashonchamber.com/pages/strawberryfestival.
Of note: Proceeds from the race go to the Vashon Island High School athletic programs and the Bill Burby Wellness Scholarship. Graham Peet, 16 at the time, set a new 5K course record last year with a time of 16 minutes, 27.7 seconds. The women’s 5K record is 19:20. The 10K records are 33:36 for men and 37:01 for women. The 10K course has been modified this year and is now more scenic, according to the event website.
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