Hundreds join race to Beat Brackett in annual July 4th competition

Erica Sugg from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, far left, gives starting and finishing instructions to the Baby Brackett !K participants.
1 k runners and strollers off to a fast start.
Veteran runner Darren Du dons his George Brackett beard for this year’s run.
The Brackett 5K runners start off.
Among those to “Beat Brackett” was Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell.
Brian Hanchett, who runs as George Brackett, finishes the race.
The finishers who “Beat Brackett” pose with Hanchett (center in gold shirt) and their yellow wristbands.

On a brisk and slightly overcast July 4th morning, hundreds gathered for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Beat Brackett 5K run.

Prior to the 5K, younger participants and their caregivers enjoyed an untimed 1K Baby Brackett event, with runners, walkers and strollers participating.

The course started and finished on Third Avenue by Edmonds City Park after a long loop through the Woodway neighborhood. Those crossing the finish line before George Brackett (with Brian Hanchett again portraying the role of Edmonds’ founder) received a yellow wristband.

We’ll publish a complete list of race results when they become available.

— Photos by Julia Wiese



  1. Why did it start so early and why did the route change – the best part is when the runners and kids run down 5th to the cheers of all those sitting along the parade route! It’s called a fun run and a kid and even the adults love to have a crowd cheering for them! lets go back to that for next year! big disappointment for me and those sitting around me!

    1. My understanding is, they changed the parade route last year due to COVID — not sure if the plan is to return to the original route at some point but perhaps someone from the chamber could weigh in? — Teresa Wippel, publisher

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