Navy hosts Deer Run on Saturday

PORT HADLOCK — Naval Magazine Indian Island will open the island to the general public for the annual Deer Run at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A 5K race and 1-mile race are planned, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 11:15 a.m.

Last year’s run brought over 220 people to the island, located across the bay from Port Townsend, the Navy said.

“I personally invite all of our neighbors to come out and join us,” said said Rocky Pulley, who took over command of Naval Magazine Indian Island (NAVMAG) on June 29.

Pre-registration ended at noon Thursday but racers also can register on the day of the event at NAVMAG from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

The cost to register is $5 for those 18 years and older. Participation is free for those 17 and younger.

A limited number of Deer Run T-shirts will be available for purchase for $15 Saturday.

The 5K will wend through a forested area on the south end of the island, while the 1-mile course is ideal for children, people with special needs and with strollers, the Navy said.

The 5K has competition in six age groups: 17 years and younger, 18-29 years old, 30-39 years, 40- 9 years, 50-59 years, and 60 years and older.

In the 1-mile walk, the age groups are 7 years and younger, 8-12 years, 13-17 years and 18 and older.

The top three male and female racers in each age division will receive awards at the end of the race.

Both cash and credit cards will be accepted on race day at NAVMAG. To ensure timely base access at Indian Island, participants are encouraged to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. the day of the race.

Registered participants may enter the main gate at NAVMAG Indian Island starting at 8 a.m. Valid picture identification is required for entry.

For more information, call 360-315-2134, or email

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