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Strawberry Festival begins with Berry Run


Andrew Hines

Local athletes start off the Berry Run to kick off the Marysville Strawberry Festival at the Tulalip Amphitheatre on June 9.

The Lakewood Track program kicked off the Marysville Strawberry Festival once again with the Berry Run at the Tulalip Amphitheatre on the morning of June 9.

With the decades of tradition behind the Strawberry Festival, one thing remains consistent, and that is the one-mile and 5K races that begin the festivities. Every year the number of competitors increase, and the event has become more significant as the years go on.

Besides being a great event, the Berry Run also supports local causes. This year proceeds will be going to the Seattle Children's Hospital's Strong Against Cancer Campaign, Lakewood Education Foundation and Lakewood Sports Booster Club.

"My favorite part of the whole thing is watching the parents and kids have smiles on their faces and having a lot of fun. It's great to give out awards at the end and see people truly enjoy getting out here and competing with other members of the community," said Jeff Sowards, Lakewood Track and Field Coach and Event Coordinator.

The top three finishers in the one-mile race ranged from the ages of 10 to 12. Brook Yargus, 10 years old, finished third with a time of 8:03.0. Brody Maddock, 11 years old, came in at 7:31.1 which was good enough for a second-place finish. Finally, Evan Thomas, 12 years old, dominated the competition with the first-place finish and a time of 7:12.3.

Andrew Hines

Athletes of all ages turned out for the Marysville Strawberry Festival's Berry Run at the Tulalip Amphitheatre on June 9.

In the 5K, all three of the top finishers came from the Arlington Cross Country program. In third place, Arlington Coach Jon Murray finished with a strong time of 16:55.0. Chance Pearston, 16 years old and current Arlington student, came in second place with a time of 16:46.2. Then in first place, Arlington alumni Nate Beamer, 20 years old, clocked in at 15:59.0.

"I think it's important to give these opportunities to members of our community. It's good to let them support and inspire each other to get out here and get running. Our country has struggled with physical fitness and it's amazing to be able to help anyway we can," said Coach Sowards.

If you want to learn about any other events throughout the festival, you can find all the information at The Marysville Strawberry Festival runs all the way through June 17 so get out there and enjoy your community.


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