West Seattle is an often overlooked part of Seattle that offers one of the few destination beaches on Puget Sound, Alki Beach. In the summer it is populated by beach volleyball players, sun worshipers, and beachcombers. And every year is the site for the Alki Beach 5k Walk and Run, where participants come out to raise money for a worthy cause.
The inaugural Hope and Healing Half Marathon was held in 2003 in West Seattle. In 2008, the event was shortened to an easier distance, a 5K run/walk along Alki Beach and renamed the Alki Beach Run. In the past twelve years, more than 8,500 participants and volunteers have taken part in the annual event to help raise more than $850,000 for North West Hope & Healing patient assistance fund providing financial assistance to women battling breast cancer.
Evergreen has been a proud supporter of this event from the beginning. This year Evergreen had 8 runners participate; Vicky & Mike Boddy, Alison Lee, Martin Santos, Melanie & Rod Cruson, Amy Linders and her son Cameron. Plus, 4 volunteers; Ozzy English, Margaret Day, Nalani Dias, and Lindsay Larson manned the booth and handing out bottled water and snacks to the runners and walkers.
Being a part of this event means a great deal to our employees, such as Melanie Cruson who has been running in the event for two years. “It was a great run, for a great cause and I am happy I was able to participate,” she says. “There’s nothing we like better than to see our employees helping someone else in need. As much as possible, our family of associates contributes their time, money, and resources to change the world, one relationship at a time.”