Beach To Chowder Run/Walk Salutes Summer’s Start June 22 On The Long Beach Peninsula

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Beach to Chowder is an early summer run on a 28-mile white-sand beach at the edge of the continent on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. All participants receive a finisher's medal and bowl of steaming chowder after completing the 5- or 10-mile course on hard-pack sand.

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Runners take on the challenge of hard pack sand and ocean breezes in Beach to Chowder 5 and 10k races, June 22, on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

Walking or running solo on the beach is always exhilarating,” said Jeff Harrell. “Sharing the beach at Beach to Chowder with the hundreds of other people makes the experience unforgettable.

Marking the start of summer fun, the Beach to Chowder Run and Walk will take place on the Long Beach Peninsula, Washington, on Saturday, June 22. With a chip-timed course mapped out on hard-pack sand, the relaxed 5K run/walk and the invigorating 10K run promise a great time as well as sweeping Pacific Ocean views and cooling breezes. All finishers will receive a medal and be greeted with a steaming bowl of clam chowder.

“Walking or running solo on the beach is always exhilarating,” said Jeff Harrell, event organizer. “Sharing the beach at Beach to Chowder with the hundreds of other people makes the experience unforgettable.”

Chowder Run awards will be given to those finishing in the top three places for women and men in each of eight age divisions. Trophies will be given to the top overall male and female finishers. All ages and levels of ability are welcome to participate.

The Chowder Feed and Awards Ceremony will take place at 12:30PM in Long Beach with food, music and fun for all. Trophies and ribbons will be presented, and random drawings for prizes donated by local merchants will be held. Non-participants can purchase chowder by Doogers Seafood & Grill for $5 a bowl.

The 10k races will begin at 9AM and the 5k race at 9:15AM. Registration fees are $30 with a short sleeve t-shirt or $15 without a t-shirt for early registration and $35 or $20 respectively until the day of the race (with no guarantee of a t-shirt). Registration includes a ticket to the chowder feed. To sign up, please visit http://www.beachtochowder.com. Active military receive a $5 discount on registration.

At 7PM that evening, Ranger and the Re-Arrangers will perform at Cape Disappointment State Park as part of the Waikiki Beach Concert Series. Admission is free, however, a Discover Pass is required for all vehicles.

Beach to Chowder is one of several sporty events that will be held on the Long Beach Peninsula this year. Others include the Doggie Olympic Games (June 28-29), Firecracker 5K Walk/Run (July 6), Race Against Violence (August 3), Discovery Trail Half Marathon (September 14), and the Cape Disappointment Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon (September 21).

Abundant in natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, the Long Beach Peninsula boasts a string of welcoming coastal communities along with award-winning restaurants, unique accommodations, shops, and galleries. Attractions include unsurpassed charter boat fishing, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, two historic lighthouses, an 8.5-mile coastal bike and pedestrian trail, the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, national and state parks, local museums, and a 26-mile swath of public, white-sand beach.

For visitor information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access http://www.funbeach.com.

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