It is spring and once again the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) is looking for all comers to join them in their annual Bellevue 10K, 5K Run & Walk and Kids Dash. This is the fifth year in which the BBRC has hosted this event and it looks to be the biggest one yet with some 2000 participants expected to take part.
All this from the inauspicious start back in 2007, when the event was much smaller affair but was started as a way for the BBRC to support their local charities and associated fund raising activities to support this charities. It has certainly snowballed into something that is now becoming a regular feature on the Bellevue City calendar and with tremendous support from local business and the community.
This year marks a big change with the event now offering a challenging new 10K route as well as a 5K route for the whole family. There is also a non-competitive, half-mile Kids Dash open to all kids 10 and under. The rotary project raises funds in support of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Bellevue’s Kindering Center and other projects. It will start at the Bellevue Downtown Park on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
It is not too late for you to register to participate and make an individual contribution to support the local charities generously supported by the BBRC dedication to serving the local needs of our Eastside’s youth. You should register via www.BellevueRun.com, which is currently at $35 and $10 for the Kids Dash. Every dollar raised will go toward the charities supported by this event.
Eve Kopp, Director of Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, felt honored to be a co-beneficiary of the Bellevue Run & Walk and recognized that "the funds raised through this event will support the hospital's Autism Center, which offers services to babies, children, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.”
The event’s other co-beneficiary, Kindering Executive Director Mimi Siegel, took the opportunity to recognize the success of prior years that BBRC has built on to deliver this year’s bigger event. Mimi said, "We are looking forward to the Bellevue 10K/5K Run/Walk. Participants last year had such fun. It is particularly exciting to see how the course has expanded to incorporate Bellevue downtown; now Bellevue is on the map with its own running event."
BBRC is excited by the enthusiasm of the event’s beneficiaries and the excitement it has generated amongst the local business community who have stepped in to support the event’s success. These include ssponsors such as Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Brooks, Starbucks, The Family Y, Microsoft Store, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Slalom Consulting and the Bellevue Collection. This support has gone a long way to meeting our goal to raise six-figures that all goes to charity.
"A record number of sponsors are playing an active role this year to help generate unprecedented participation from people of all ages in our community. The success of our April 17th event will significantly add to the more than $1 million BBRC has raised for charities since it started in 1985," said Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club President Chuck Kimbrough. "Please go to www.BellevueRun.com now to learn more about how you can join us in Bellevue to have fun and support worthy causes at Seattle Children's Autism Center and Kindering."