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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Pineapple Classic 5K For The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society In North Bend, WA

Pineapple Classic 5K

Pineapple Classic 5K obstacle course for LLS (Photo credit: LLS)

If you want a crazy fun run this weekend for a good cause, join the Pineapple Classic 5K run in North Bend, Washington on November 12, 2011. The run benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and consists of teams of two to four people to run a 5K course with obstacles. Oh, and you carry a pineapple the entire way too. All participants are invited to celebrate in a free post-event luau immediately following the race located near the finish line.

A kid’s mini-obstacle course will be set up for anyone 7-years-old or younger available anytime from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To donate to a particular team or individual, go to Pineapple Classic 5K.

All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society whose mission is to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

WHEN: November 12, 2011. The first wave of participants starts at 9:00 A.M. and continues every 15 minutes thereafter. Start times will be emailed to participants prior to race day.

Pineapple Classic obstacle

Pineapple Classic obstacle (Photo credit: LLS)

Mountain Meadow Farms
10106 422nd Lane SE
North Bend, WA 98045
Ph. 425-888-9830

COST: Fees are $75/individual, $150/2-person team, and $250/4-person team.  Categories include Honu (Hawaiian for turtle — teams that plan to walk), Wiki (Hawaiian for fast — teams that plan to run/walk), or Kekoa (Hawaiian for warrior — teams that plan to win this race). King Kamehameha teams are 2-person teams over 400lbs or 4-person teams over 800lbs. Each participant must fundraise a minimum of $50 per person.

REGISTER: Online registration is closed. You can register on the day of the event starting at 11 a.m. this Saturday. Anyone 8 years or older can participate. Register in teams of 2 or 4 in single gender or co-ed teams. Awards will be given to the fastest teams in all categories. In addition, prizes will be given for Best Aloha Spirit (costume).


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