The arrival of May brings Cinco de Mayo celebrations and races. There are several weekend races that honor the holiday, all in which are for a good cause. Get your run and party on this weekend at these festive races!
Run Snoqualmie's Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon and 8K begins and ends at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie on Saturday morning. The half marathon begins at 9 a.m. and the 8K begins at 9:30 a.m. Both races benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which seeks to cure and control cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes a potentially fatal buildup in the lungs, digestive track and other areas of the body.
All half marathon finishers will receive a commemorative hat and the top three winners in each age category for both races will receive trophies. Any runners that have pre-registered will also receive a technical racing T-shirt. Don't worry if you haven't registered though; you can still do so on race day morning, beginning at 7 a.m.
Run the Fiesta 5K Ole! race at Volunteer Park this Saturday if you're around Seattle proper. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins 9:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, entry into a beer garden, one free beer and live music. The race route loops around Volunteer Park, concluding at the park with beer, music and taco trucks galore. The race benefits the Hope Heart Institute, which is dedicated to heart disease research, education and cures.
If you're visiting Portland this holiday weekend, be sure to register and run one of their Cinco De Mayo Races: half marathon, 10K and 5K. The festivities begin at the Pioneer Square Courthouse at 6:30 a.m. and the half marathon begins at 7:45 a.m. with the 10K and 5K beginning shortly afterward at 8:20 a.m. and 9:10 a.m., respectively. All half marathon finishers receive medals and there will be a lively after-race party with beer, food and live music for runners, friends and families to enjoy. The races will benefit Candlelighters for Children with Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide support, education and advocacy for children in Oregon and Southwest Washington who are affected by childhood cancer.