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Winter Pineapple Classic runs through North Bend farm, raises $450K to help fight blood cancer
The Hawaiian-themed Winter Pineapple Classic, a five-kilometer fun run benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, was held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend.
The run raised an estimated $450,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Washington/Alaska Chapter.
Nearly 2,500 participants, some donning grass skirts, costumes and even a bikini or two, battled the winter elements to finish the 5k obstacle course and help raise money for the fight against blood cancers.
“This is our seventh Winter Pineapple Classic and we are once again blown away by the amazing outpouring of support and enthusiasm from the thousands of people in our community that joined us today,” said Wilma Comenat, deputy executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Washington/Alaska Chapter. “Each year the event continues to grow both here locally and nationally. With every step participants take, we move closer to finding a cure for blood cancers.”
At the end of the race, participants were rewarded with full-scale Hawaiian luau that featured free food and beer provided by Kauai Family Restaurant and Georgetown Brewing Company.
The Winter Pineapple Classic was developed seven years ago by Eric Cox after his wife and son were able to successfully recover from a simultaneous battle with breast cancer and leukemia. Since its inception in 2006, the event has raised nearly $2.5 million for LLS’ mission, and has become one of the most anticipated fundraising events of the winter season.