PORT TOWNSEND — Thousands are expected to participate or watch today’s 2019 Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run at Fort Worden State Park.
The run has two courses: a 12K (7.46 miles) and a 6K (3.7 miles). Both start and finish at 11 a.m. at the same point in Fort Worden, with the course covering a loop with views of mountains, woods and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Online registration has closed, but registration at the race start at Fort Worden can be paid until 10:30 a.m. today. Fees on the day of the race are $15 for those under 17, $25 for those 65 and older, $25 for active duty military with ID and $45 for adults.
The run is sanctioned by PAC Northwest and USATF (USA Track & Field). The course is USATF distance certified.
Water and portable toilets will be available at the 2.5-, 4-, and 6-mile marks. Aid stations are provided at at miles 4 and 6. Splits are given at every mile. Projected finish times are given at miles 4, 5, and 6.
Race results for each gender and in several age categories will be available within a few minutes of crossing the finish line.
Results also can be found online at e http://rhodyrun.com/.
The annual run, in existence for 41 years, is held on the final day of the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival, which culminated in a Grand Parade and Cake Picnic on Saturday after the Kiddie Parade and Bed Races on Friday, the Pet Parade on Thursday and the Trike races on Wednesday and a four-day carnival..
Also today will be the second day of the Jim Caldwell Memorial Classic Rhody Festival Golf Tournament, now in its 25th year.
Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. today at the Port Townsend Golf Course, 1948 Blaine St. The entry fee is $35 for members and $45 for non-members.
For more about the Rhody Run, see http://rhodyrun.com/.