Edmonds 4th of July 5K Renamed the “Beat Brackett 5K”
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 21:17

Edmonds 4th of July 5K Renamed the “Beat Brackett 5K”

5KEDMONDS, WA, May 27, 2015: The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the 9th Annual 4th of July 5K Fun Run/Walk has been renamed in honor of Edmonds founder, George Brackett.  The race will have a theme and now called the “Beat Brackett 5K”.

In addition to the name change we have added a bunch of new features.  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.  Nothing compliments a running shirt like a ‘fake’ beard, George Brackett inspired ‘fake’ beards will be available for runner’s to don during the race.

In addition to trying to win your age and gender bracket, runners will attempt to “Beat Brackett”.  One special runner in the 5K is designated as George Brackett and your goal is to beat him to the finish line, Beat Brackett this year for a chance to ‘be’ Brackett in next year’s race.

Attracting over 500 participants, the “Beat Brackett 5K” is the perfect kick-off to a full day of 4th of July festivities taking place in the heart of historic downtown Edmonds.  For those with a competitive streak, an awards ceremony with metals will be held immediately following the race.

The “Beat Brackett 5K” will take place on Saturday, July 4 and starts in Edmonds City Park at 3rd Ave. S & Pine St.  Registration opens at 8:30 am and the race starts at 10 am.  All participants are asked to arrive before 9:30 am to pick up their race bib and materials. 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 pre-register by going to www.edmondswa.com in the Upcoming Events section or contact the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce office.

About George Brackett (1842-1927)
George Brackett is customarily regarded as the founder of Edmonds as well as an early logger in Bothell.  Born and raised in eastern Canada, he logged there and in parts of the U.S. before coming to Seattle about 1870.  Searching out new stands of timber, he rowed along the eastern shore of Puget Sound in 1870 and was attracted by the site that became Edmonds.  In 1876, he purchased acreage and moved there.  In 1884, he platted a town, which he named Edmonds; after its incorporation in 1890, he became the first mayor.  He operated a mill and a wharf and maintained several businesses in Edmonds and was the first postmaster.  He donated property for a school after classes were originally held in his barn.  He served several terms on the city council, the last one a few years before he died in Edmonds on December 27, 1927.

Event info at www.edmondswa.com or contact the Edmonds Chamber office at 425-670-1496


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