Weekend Getaway for Sept. 18


WHAT: This annual, family oriented fun run through Northwest Trek has routes that cover 5 and 8 kilometers. Walkers are encouraged to participate. The race will be chip timed and USA Track and Field certified. Much of the event is on the facility's trail system. The Silver Striders will have a contingent nine runners in their 70s and 80s participating in the 8K race, Metro Parks spokeswoman Kris Sherman said.

WHEN: Saturday. Race starts at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Northwest Trek.

HISTORY: This is the 16th Run Wild.

ACTIVITIES: Participants receive a Northwest Trek pass good for the day. Prizes will be awarded after the race. There will be refreshments at the finish. Participants can take the 50-minute tram tour of the 435-acre forest to view animals they don't see during the run. All participants are entered in a raffle with prizes including fitness classes, zipline tickets, overnight hotel accommodations in Tacoma and other prizes.

GETTING THERE: Follow state Route 161 south toward Eatonville. Northwest Trek is located 35 miles southeast of Tacoma.

COST: $45 for runners and walkers. No charge for the kid’s dash. A $5 discount is available for Northwest Trek members. They are instructed to email brianne.halbedel@nwtrek.org for a discount code.

OF NOTE: Check-in begins at 7 a.m. A kids dash will be at 10 a.m. Awards and prizes will be handed out at 10:30 a.m. No strollers, inline skates, bicycles or pets are permitted. All proceeds go to Northwest Trek's youth education programs. The entrance to Northwest Trek closes at 7:50 a.m. and late arrivals will not be admitted.

INFORMATION: nwtrek.org.