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Chum Run 5K

May 15 @ 11:00 am

- $25

We have approximately 25 spots left for Day-Of registration. Please arrive early to sign up.

Walk or run with your chums! SIGN UP NOW!

Join us for the 23rd annual Chum Run 5K, and walk or run to benefit South Whidbey Parks and Recreation and the Healthy Island Youth Scholarship Fund (HIYI).**

Enjoy fun & friendly competition while helping to raise funds for a good cause. Awards are given three deep in student and age group divisions. Medals given to first place three males/females overall, high school, and middle school divisions. Awards will be given by place finishing, divided by age division. Youth may run with their adults. Awards will be available at the Park District office for 2 weeks after the race, in case you’re not available to stick around for the awards ceremony.

Post-race refreshments will be to-go goodie bags with pre-packaged foods.

Location & Parking: The 5K race starts and finishes at South Whidbey Community Park, utilizing the Park’s clean and clear the forest paths. The gates will be closed, please park at the High School next door.

Date/Time:  Saturday, May 15, 10 am race start

Fee: $25+ (Early Reg Discounts: $25 by 4/15, $30 by 5/11, $35 Day of Race. Shirts & sizes only guaranteed for registrations received by April 15.) SIGN UP NOW!

Note: Day of Race registration is on an space-available-only basis. We recommend registering in advance.

We’re a little nervous about diving back into group gatherings, so please help us by reading our safety plan below, and following the guidelines without reminders. Please also be patient as we work out details on the day of, there are a lot of changes.


  • 8-9:30am    Packet pick up & registration
  • 10:00am     First Wave START
  • 10:45am     “Fry Run” (Kid’s Fun Run, FREE, no shirt) and Fish Printing Craft
  • 11:00am     Awards Ceremony


In order to facilitate COVID-19 requirements for limiting gathering sizes, we will have wave starts this year. You have the choice of being in a more competitive wave divided by age group, or a non-competitive “smile and stroll” division sign up for your wave start!

  • Sign up here to choose your wave (after registering): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F45AFAF2A1-chum
  • Sign up for your wave by Friday at 9am. If you don’t choose your wave, we’ll choose for you.
  • Choose either your age group, or a non-competitive “Smile & Stroll” wave.
  • There will be around 25-30 per wave. There are ~75 registered currently.
  • Younger kids officially registered for the Chum Run may choose to join their parent/guardian in another wave, instead of wave 1.
  • You may also sign a younger child up for the “Fry Run” in the sign-up. No payment required, just a fun footrace with small awards at the finish line for all of them, starting around 10:45. Parents/guardians must be present. Ages 3+ must wear masks.


  • Wave 1 (Ages 0-39)
  • Wave 2 (Ages 40-59)
  • Wave 3 (Ages 60+)
  • Wave 4 (”Smile & Stroll”, Non-Competitive)  Please only sign up for this if you are ok with not running for medals/ribbons/awards.

At the start, look for markers on the ground for distancing purposes. Due to our measures to be COVID-safe, we are focusing more on placing in categories, rather than timing.


Younger kids may participate in the Fry Run, a free, casual, short-distance foot race, divided by ages, with plastic medals. Parents should be present to supervise for distancing and/or run alongside. No advance registration required for this. There will also be a Fish Printing craft presented by Whidbey Watershed Stewards. Ages 3+ must wear a mask. Sign up here for the Fry Run: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F45AFAF2A1-chum


Awards will be given by place finishing, divided by age division. Youth may run with their adults. Awards will be available for pick-up at the Park District office for 2 weeks after the race, in case you don’t want to stick around for the awards ceremony. We will not mail them.


Stay in finishing order after you cross the finish line, as you enter the finish chute. Put your mask back on before approaching the finish chute helpers. Tear off your own race tag, and hand it to the finish chute helpers.


You will be given a to-go bag of water, fruit and pre-packaged snacks. We recommend that you also bring your own (full) water bottle. Spread out when eating/drinking.


If you, or perhaps one of your supporters, has a bit of time to help, we need help with a few things on Saturday: finish line, trail marshals, set-up, clean up. You can sign up for a job online.


South Whidbey Community Park at 5495 Maxwelton Road, Langley WA 98260. Please park next door at the High School so that we can keep the gates closed and the course clear of vehicles for your safety.


  • Keep your distance and maintain at least 6’ distance from others. There’s plenty of room to spread out in the park!
  • Bring your own well-fitting cloth face covering. Cloth Face Coverings are required at all times (over your nose!!), except while actively racing. Bring your mask with you to the starting line and carry it while you run, then put it right back on immediately after crossing the finish line.
  • When passing another person on the course, pass quickly, and on the left. Say “on your left”! If being overtaken, make it easy for the other person to pass quickly.
  • Temperature Check Participants must take their own temperature shortly before arriving at the program. Stay home if you have a fever.
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household have experienced any new or increasing cold or flu-like symptoms (not attributable to another condition such as seasonal allergies) in the 72 hours prior such as: a fever of 100.4 or higher; cough; sore throat; chills; loss of taste or smell; muscle or body aches; respiratory illness or difficulty breathing; or headache.
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household been in “close contact” (defined  by the CDC as “being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes) with someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  • Stay home if you or anyone in hour household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you have been told to quarantine.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer. Refrain from touching your face.
  • Privacy Upon arrival we may ask you some basic health questions about symptoms and exposure. If you reply to one of our health screening questions in a way that needs more clarification, we’ll have you step to the side while we get the rest of the folks checked in, then chat with you. If you would like to discuss anything in a more private way, please call us or email coming to the event.
  • Contact Tracing  If we are made aware that a participant, volunteer or staff person tested positive for COVID-19, fellow participants who would have been in close contact and staff who have been exposed will be notified, while maintaining privacy.
  • No more than 2 spectators per Chum Runner, please. Spectators must observe physical distancing and mask wearing as well.

**Net proceeds are split with the HIYI Scholarship Fund. This program provides assistance to children and youth from low-income families, providing opportunities for area youth to participate in sports and other physical activities and recognizes the important physical, mental, and character building benefits such programs provide.


You’ll be running on nice forested trails and some pavement. It’s a lovely course. It’s just shy of 5K. Chum Run Course (May be modified for 2021)

What’s a Chum? Learn about chum salmon and why they ‘run’ here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/chum-salmon

The Chum Run 5K will follow CDC COVID-19 safety requirements and current Washington State guidelines for racing, which may change up to the day of race. More details about our specific procedures to follow.

  • Masks required up to race start and at finish line.

Photos by Dave Welton

Chum Run Support Team & Sponsors:





May 15
11:00 am
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South Whidbey Community Park
5495 Maxwelton Road
Langley, WA 98260 United States
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