Fleet feet and tasty treats: Carnation's Run for Pies rewards make for hungry competitors

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Carnation’s annual Fourth of July celebration will get off to a running start with the Run for the Pies 5K run/walk through downtown, a fun and unique event that gets bigger and better every year.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4.

Men and women, boys and girls in eight age categories will have a chance to win a unique prize: a fresh pie from Remlinger Farms.

“People truly run it for the pies,” said race coordinator Nicole Pitts. Pies will go to the top three finishers in each age group. Walkers and joggers may not be fast enough to secure a pie, but other prizes will be awarded to finishers through a post-race raffle. Many prizes are awarded to random finishers, and everyone leaves a winner.

Cup runneth over

The Run for the Pies is part of the Snoqualmie Valley Cup, a series of races held in Snoqualmie Duvall, Fall City and Carnation over a six-week period. The runner with the lowest combined finishing time in all four races receives a cash prize, a trophy cup and free entry into the three events next year. The prize will be awarded in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

The race lures some very competitive and elite runners out to Carnation for the Run for the Pies. But it also brings out the weekend warriors, social walkers, babies in strollers and dogs.

Competitors looking to load up on carbs and contribute to a good cause are invited to stop by the Sno-Valley Senior Center between 5 to 7 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, July 3. Dinner costs $5 and proceeds will go to support the senior center.

Run for the Pies 5K registration forms are available to download from and can be mailed to Carnation Fourth of July Committee, 5K Run/Walk, PO Box 736, Carnation, WA, 98014.

Online registration is available through a link to on the Carnation Fourth of July Celebration Web site.

Participants can also sign up in person at Thrive Fitness in Duvall, Carnation City Hall or all FootZone locations in Issaquah or Redmond.

The start and finish to the flat, fast course is at Tolt Ave. and Commercial Street.

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