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2016 Spirit of Bellevue Run/Walk
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Making Bellevue’s Feet Happy! 12K and 5K Supports Student Dreams!

View the event photo galleries - all event photos and finish line photos - and race results!

Families, friends, and corporate teams made their feet happy as they laced up their shoes to take part in the 5th Annual Spirit of Bellevue 12K and 5K on Sunday, May 22, where proceeds will go towards college scholarships and student dreams of starting a business. Nearly 500 runners and walkers participated along with over 100 volunteers cheering them on.

The event offered a new scenic 12K (7.46 miles) route for runners as well as a 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk route for the whole family. The Health & Wellness Fair at Bellevue Downtown Park featured a number of local businesses offering products and services to participants and spectators. In addition, several local businesses donated food, beverages, and promotional products for runners, walkers, and volunteers.

The Spirit of Bellevue Community Run/Walk is brought to you by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the Bellevue Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supporting education. 2016 event proceeds are still being tabulated and you may still contribute to this terrific cause! Make a tax deductible charitable donation towards the scholarship fund by calling 425.454.2464 or visit

A.J. Lahaszow [bottom, center] with Presenting Sponsor Delta Air Lines and Betty Nokes Capestany, Bellevue Chamber President & CEO [next to A.J] awarded the prizes to the top finishers of the 12K Run and 5K Run/Walk:

Top Finishers 

 Female 12K – Overall     Female 5K – Overall
 1.   Caitlin Schwalbach    1.    Elena Luican
 2.   Kathryn Grambo    2.    Juliana Chen
 3.   Kelly Coogan-Gehr    3.    Amanda Jones

 Male 12K – Overall     Male 5K – Overall
 1.    Joel Ambo    1.   Joseph Sheh
 2.    Paul Jones    2.   Charles Sheh
 3.    Peter Apostol    3.   Henry Gruen


Our event sponsors pitched in numerous ways to make the event a success. Delta Air Lines donated 2 Round Trip tickets for the participant raffle. The Bellevue Collection provided free parking and prizes for Top Finishers and Health and Wellness Fair attendees. GLY donated prizes and hard hats for the cause. Overlake Medical Center served as the First Aid station, QFC supplied all the recovery food, water, and Kid’s Fun Run T’s, Republic Services took care of our sanitation needs, Chirag’s Art Gallery designed our fabulous creative, our running store partners The Balanced Athlete and Super Jock ‘n Jill helped to spread the word and Shoes-n-Feet did this awesome course preview. Mike Nakamura Photography and Evelyn Hou/Bellevue Embroidery helped with photography and the Bellevue Reporter and King5 helped promote the event. Thank you to all of them for their support!

Special thanks to all our runners and walkers and corporate teams Hanson Baker Ludlow and Drumheller PS, Republic Services, GLY, and Wallace Properties. Hanson Baker had the largest team – 33 members strong! Special thanks to the City of Bellevue for the use of beautiful Downtown Bellevue Park and our scenic route, and the team at Orswell Events for their help coordinating this event.

Thank you to our Health & Wellness Fair Exhibitors who supported the event with their energy, activities and swag for a healthy lifestyle:

 BECU      Peak Sports & Spine Physical Therapy
 Bellevue Bone & Joint      QFC
 Bellevue LifeSpring      Servpro of East Bellevue
 Bellevue Physical Therapy      Shoes-n-Feet
 Bellevue Sports Physical Therapy      Sturtevant’s
 CVS Pharmacy      Summit Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic
 Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Bellevue      The Balanced Athlete
 Jubis Chiropractic
     Tutta Bella & WiggleWorks Community Programs
 Kucumber Skin Lounge      UW Neighborhood Factoria Clinic
 New Balance Bellevue      Virginia Mason Bellevue Regional Medical Center
 Overlake Medical Center      Voya Financial

Thank you to our Spirit of Bellevue Volunteers! Honorable mention goes to Hazen High Athletics Booster for recruiting 48 volunteers!

 Andy Alberts, John L Scott       Kelsey Maher, Community Volunteer
 Christopher Bailey, Community Volunteer      Angelu Matias, Gary Manuel Aveda Institute
 Mary Baker, Overlake Family Vision      Faith McDavid, Keller Williams Realty
 George Capestany, Community Volunteer      Nathan Hale High School Cross Country
 Katey Chapman, Community Volunteer      Newport High School Students
 Van Cooper, Windermere      Matt Phillips, Starbucks
 Mark Fredericks, Community Volunteer      Megara Potts, Washington Federal
 Aubrey Fredericks, Community Volunteer      Cherie Reese, General Microsystems
 Marilyn Fredericks, Community Volunteer      John Roehm, KeyBank
Greg Garner, Community Volunteer
     Sammamish High School Students
 Krystal Graylin, YEA! Student      Cecille Schuman, Opus Bank
 Gunner Hansen, Community Volunteer      Travis Searles, Opus Bank
 Hazen High School Boosters Club 
     Skyline High School Students
 Hazen High School Student Athletes      Catherine Ta, Community Volunteer
 Mark Hugh, Community Volunteer      Sharon Tak, Community Volunteer
 Issaquah High School Students       
     Arjun Tripathy, Community Volunteer
 Kahlin Kelley, Community Volunteer      Jordan Yada, Opus Bank
 Bob Landen, Community Volunteer      Tracy Yamada, YEA! Parent
 Bonnie Landen, Community Volunteer      Jayden Yamada, YEA! Student
 Kei Lim-Chua, YEA! Student      



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