Winterfest 5k is just around the corner

The holiday season display lights up Woodin Creek Village Square. Bob Kirkpatrick

By Bob Kirkpatrick

The fourth annual Celebrate Woodinville Winterfest 5k is happening on Saturday, Dec. 4. The ever-popular event put on by the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce will begin and end at Wilmot Gateway Park. The 5k run starts at 8:30 a.m., the 5k walk at 8:45, and the finisher celebration from 9:30–11 a.m.

The initial Winterfest 5k began in 2017.

“Winterfest 5k was an event to add on to our Celebrate Woodinville Winterfest Holiday Fair & Tree Lighting, Chamber Executive Director Kimberly Ellertson said. “We continuously strive to re-invent our events year after year, making them more fun and engaging for our community. By adding different components to our community events, we are better able to highlight local businesses in new and different ways.”

Following the conclusion of the 5k, people can stroll over to Woodin Creek Village to enjoy holiday season festivities.

“We are one of three Winterfest stops,” said Lifestyle Director of Woodin Creek Village Fab Rezayat. “We’ll have a light display, complimentary hot cocoa from our partner Sidekick Café and Coffee Shop and there’ll be a car show—Rich McKee and his car club are going to deck out their vehicles.

“We’ll also have live music, some carolers and plenty of food and drinks at all the restaurants. It’ll be popping down here.”

The funding for Winterfest 5k comes from the Woodinville lodging tax and the generous support of many sponsors.

“We would sincerely like to thank Northwest Trophy & Award, Logo Unlimited, ZoomCare, Woodin Creek Village, Chick-fil-A in Bothell’s Canyon Park, Coastal Community Bank and The McLaughlin Agency of American Family Insurance,” Ellertson said. “We also rely on community volunteers to help bring the event to life and are fortunate to work with Tortoise & the Hare to help us with the run timing.

“We are thankful for many partners who help the 5k become a reality!”

The Celebrate Woodinville Winterfest 5k benefits the Woodinville Chamber and The Forgotten Children’s Fund, an all-volunteer organization whose goal is to help underprivileged children and their families celebrate Christmas.

“With the support of the community, they can purchase, wrap and have Santa and his elves deliver gifts every year,” Ellertson said.

There is still time to register for the 5k event. The entry fee is $40 for adults. Kids 15 and under is $15. Visit www.celebratewoodinville.com/5k for more information.

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