Residents team up for Run-A-Muk
Run fer yer lives! Dress up like a pirate for this year’s Mukilteo’s Run-A-Muk 10K run or 5K run/walk.
The annual Run-A-Muk will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24. The 10K run starts at 8 a.m., the 5K run at 8:05 a.m., and the 5K walk at 8:10 a.m. All ages are welcome.
The race begins and ends at the Rosehill Community Center and takes runners on a scenic route through Mukilteo. Registration opens the day of the race at 6:15 a.m.
A costume contest will also be held at 7:35 a.m. Saturday at the Rosehill plaza, to go along with the Lighthouse Festival’s pirate theme. Prizes will be awarded to Best Male, Best Female, Best Child and Best Team costumes.
“[Run-A-Muk] is something we designed to encourage families and individuals to come out and support the community,” said race director Penny Kellam.
New to the race this year will be teams of up to four runners or walkers. Teams have registered for the race from Lake Stevens, Snohomish and, of course, Mukilteo.
Team Bailey will be participating in the 5K run/walk. The team of four – plus a dog – recently moved to Mukilteo. The team has participated in other runs before for fun.
Erin Priddle, Team Bailey’s captain, will be running in the 5K alongside her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend.
Priddle’s husband will accompany their dog, an 11-year-old miniature dachshund named Bailey, in the 5K walk.
“My goal is to do things that are beneficial to someone else, and I know that this benefits the Lighthouse Festival, and I’ve heard great things about that,” Priddle said. “It’s a great community-building event.”
Another Mukilteo team participating has a more unorthodox name: Team Beer.
“We are all going to go to the brewery when we are done running,” said team member Traci Cope, with a laugh. “We did the same thing at the St. Patty’s Day Dash in March.”
Cope will be running in the 5K this year with her team. She has run in Run-A-Muk before as an individual runner in the 10K.
Last year, about 360 runners participated in the event. Penny Kellam estimates Run-A-Muk will have more than 400 participants this year.
This is Kellam’s first year directing Run-A-Muk, though she has also been involved with other local races, such as Inspiring Hope, a run for breast cancer that she helped create.
“I’m so excited to be able to take those experiences and bring them to my own town, my own neighborhood,” she said.
Last-chance registration will be open on Aug. 22 from 3-8 p.m. at Rosehill, at 304 Lincoln Ave. in Mukilteo. Registration costs $30, cash only.
Runners may also register the day of the race between 6:15-7:15 a.m. for $35, if space permits.
The race is divided into seven age divisions, from ages 14 and under to 65 and older.
The first, second and third place male and female of the race overall will receive a plaque. Additional prizes will be awarded to the winners in each age division.
All participants receive a goodie bag and an event T-shirt. Upgrade yours to a running shirt for $10.
For more information, go to www.runamuk.jigsy.com.
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.