The ninth annual 4th of July 5K Fun Run/Walk that precedes the Edmonds Kind of Fourth of July Parade has a new name and new features. The event is now called the “Beat Brackett 5K” in honor of Edmonds founder George Brackett. Also new this year: The race will be electronically timed using RFID chips on each runner to provide accurate and quick results. Runners who opt in will receive a performance (tech) running shirt to wear in the race.
And, to go with that tech shirt? George Brackett-inspired ‘fake’ beards will be available for runners to wear during the race.
In addition to trying to win their age and gender bracket, runners will attempt to “Beat Brackett” — a runner in the 5K who has been designated as George Brackett. Beat Brackett to the finish line this year for a chance to be Brackett in next year’s race.
There is a $30 registration fee, which includes a race shirt, or $25 without a shirt. Day-of-event registration is available for $30 but shirts are not guaranteed. Participants are encouraged to preregister at www.edmondswa.com.
The annual run kicks off a full day of 4th of July festivities that take place in the heart of historic downtown Edmonds.
The “Beat Brackett 5K” will begin in Edmonds City Park at 3rd Avenue South and Pine Street. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. All participants are asked to arrive before 9:30 a.m. to pick up their race bib and materials.