Summertime and Summerfest, Aug. 2016

“We love the Fun Run!” That sentiment was evident as everyone gathered for this beloved annual tradition on Queen Anne. Families, neighbors, business teams, serious runners, and casual walkers alike completed the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 mile) course, cheered on by volunteer crossing guards, SPD officers who kept everything orderly and safe, and hundreds of bystanders. A tradition for many more years than we can remember now, the annual Crown of Queen Anne, Craig Wilson Memorial Fun Run/Walk took place Saturday July 9th under partly cloudy skies and perfect temperatures.

Over 580 people participated, raising $33,000 for the Helpline to help us keep families in their homes and continue providing a safety net to so many neighbors who are experiencing hardships.

We are so appreciative of the MANY MANY individuals and businesses that helped make this happen. Heartfelt gratitude to every one of our amazing volunteers – this would not be possible without you! Special thanks to Krijn de Jonge, Helpline Board member and event chair. He is the wizard behind the curtain making sure every last detail is taken care of. Big thanks also to volunteers Christopher Togawa, Ann Pearce, and Beamar Huetter. Stacey Wilson generously donated her brother Craig’s old truck – it was somehow comforting to see that truck driving around Queen Anne picking up and delivering for the Fun Run again. Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Metropolitan Market, City Eye Care, and Queen Anne Chiropractic donated water and food. Many generous businesses donated raffle items including: Christopher Togawa/CTIA, Brooks Running, Queen Anne Dispatch, Cupcake Royale, Blue Highway Games, Deja Parrent Tranquility Massage, Sprocketts Used Bicycles, Paragon Restaurant, Homegrown Sandwich Shop, Mimisan Spa, and Bustle. Amazing photos were provided by the very talented Marty Perlman and the really cool aerial photos were provided by Tim Baker of Dravus Aviation.

Monique Ming Laven, KIRO7 News Anchor, was our fabulous guest announcer providing wonderful humor and commentary during our awards ceremony – we were honored to have her join us this year. Many thanks to Queen Anne Lutheran Church for so generously hosting us every year – we could not do this without the use of their facilities.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Our deepest appreciation to Metropolitan Market, this year’s Title Sponsor, and HomeStreet Bank, Presenting Sponsor. Our “Runners” sponsors included: Rene Stern Windermere, King & Oliason, Quantitative Social Science, Emerald Bay Equity, Key Bank, Holley Ring Windermere, Christopher Togawa/CTIA, AEGIS on Galer, Queen Anne Book Company, Le Reve, F.C. Bloxom Company Produce, and Therapeutic Associates (who also led the stretching – thank you!) with additional sponsorship support from Queen Anne Orthodontics and Chris Gibbens State Farm Insurance. Your support helps keep families in their homes, food on the table, and everyone’s basic needs met. We can’t do it without you – thank you!!