Big change for summer’s last major Alki fundraising run

The last weekend in August has historically brought the Alki Beach 5K, presented by and benefiting Northwest Hope and Healing. As of this year, NWHH is no longer presenting that run, but instead, it’s the beneficiary of this year’s Cosmo 7K, part of the Cosmo All-Women’s Race Series, moving its local event from Kirkland to Alki. It’s a 7K run and 5K run/walk set to start at 9:30 am Sunday, August 27th, with a kids’ half-mile run at 10:30. The runners will use the road, so even if you’re not participating, be aware of parking restrictions and an Alki Avenue road closure that morning.

5 Replies to "Big change for summer's last major Alki fundraising run"

  • Under_Achiever August 19, 2017 (1:51 pm)

    Women’s only.  How inclusive.  

  • Bonnie August 19, 2017 (3:40 pm)

    Not happy.  My son wanted to run it and now he’s now allowed since he is male.  Should have just kept it as it was.

    • WSB August 19, 2017 (4:05 pm)

      If I didn’t write this clearly enough … this is a different organization. They chose NWHH as their beneficiary, but they were pre-existing as an organization presenting multiple runs in multiple cities, and apparently did their annual Seattle-area run in Kirkland prior to this year. We actually didn’t even get notification about the discontinuance of the Alki 5K – it occurred to me that late August was approaching and it was odd not to have heard anything, so I looked around online and discovered the change. We heard from one local 5K’s nonprofit organizer once upon a time that it takes a lot of time, effort, and expense to put one together, so it might be that NWHH just chose to focus its time and trouble elsewhere. Regarding the Cosmo organization, I reached out to ask for any media release they might have sent already to other organizations, since they are new to West Seattle events, but they told me they don’t usually notify media. If nothing else, since this closes Alki for a while, I wanted to be sure at least to mention it before it happened, so I harvested this info from their website. Regarding the “all women” aspect, they seem to have taken care to put that in quotes, and their registration form includes a button for female OR male, so I don’t know that it’s entirely off-limits to anyone who’s not female … TR

  • Erik August 19, 2017 (8:36 pm)

    Here’s a fun, local (Burien) 5k for all on Sunday Oct. 1st:

  • WSB August 26, 2017 (9:53 pm)

    For closure – when reached for a followup question, Cosmo organizers did say anyone’s welcome to enter, regardless of gender.

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