The city of Kent’s Christmas Rush Fun Run And Walk is set for Saturday, Dec. 11 at Hogan Park, 24400 Russell Road.
Day of race registration is at 8 a.m. The 10k starts at 9:50 a.m. and the 5k at 10 a.m. Registration is available online through Dec. 9. The cost is $15. Children 12 and younger can participate for free, courtesy of Tab Wizard and Kent Bowl.
Participation rules are different due to the pandemic.
“The Kent Parks Department cares about the health and safety of our patrons, staff, volunteers and community,” according to the city website. “As such, we will follow the King County mandate requiring people ages 12 and over to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to participate in the Christmas Rush. Additionally, masking is required.”
With the goal of balancing ease of use for patrons with safety, the city will accept photos or copies of vaccine cards/test results or electronic proof.
People ages 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the race). Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, laboratory, or health care provider cannot be accepted.
According to King County mandate, these policies will remain in effect through March 16 and will be re-evaluated at that time or sooner based on the status and impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in King County.
Masks are to be worn in the corral area, at the finish line and during the awards. Once the race begins you may remove your mask.
The 10k course will be a certified out and back due to Green River levee construction. The race will start on Russell Road, head south and turn west on to Meeker Street. Once over the bridge, runners will head nearly to South 212th Street and return. Runners will cross over the pedestrian bridge and take a hard left on the trail that will bring you back to the finish line. Please be award that we’re running clockwise down the road so stay to your left throughout your run.
The 5k course is a modified out and back. Runners will start on Russell Road and head south to Meeker Street and turn right. Once over the bridge, turn north on to Frager Road remembering to stay on the left side of the road. (Running clockwise) Turn around at the appropriate spot and stay to your left side on the return trip. Runners will turn left and go over foot bridge that leads to golf course. Once over foot bridge, turn north on to the trail along the river. Follow to finish located in front of city shops building on South 240th Street.
Use the parking lot at Hogan Park at Russell Road, 24400 Russell Road.