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Saving lives...a step, and a pineapple at a time | Winter Pineapple Classic 5K returns to North Bend

 A young participant hauls a pineapple from the start line of the Winter Pineapple 5K, a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The warm-themed race returns in November to North Bend. - Courtesy photo
A young participant hauls a pineapple from the start line of the Winter Pineapple 5K, a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The warm-themed race returns in November to North Bend.
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Autumn may be in full swing, but that isn’t stopping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Washington/Alaska Chapter from breaking out the sunscreen.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the eighth annual Winter Pineapple Classic 5k fun run will take place at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend, starting at 9 a.m.

The Hawaiian-themed 5k features an array of “obstacle course surprises” and at the end of the race, participants will be rewarded with a Hawaiian luau, which features free food and drinks.

All proceeds from the run benefit the society’s local Northwest chapter.

Since its inception, the Winter Pineapple Classic has raised more than $2.3 million for the society’s mission and has become one of the anticipated events of the season. Last year, more than 2,300 participants donned grass skirts, costumes and even a bikini or two as they welcomed in winter and raised nearly $380,000 for the cause.

The race is open to anyone 8 years of age or older—just come ready to have fun, get dirty and help support the fight against blood cancers. Registration at www.winterpineappleclassic.org.

Above, contestants navigate obstacles with their pineapples during the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser.

 

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