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The Washington Memorial 5K Run/Walk returns for the fifth year to Federal Way, Washington on July 4, 2016. Since its inception, the race has raised over $60,000 for mesothelioma research.

Organized by Pat Dyhrman, Diana Stewart and Pat Hatley, the race honors the memory of their husbands: Dick Dyhrman, a Weyerhaeuser Company Geologist; Bud Hatley, a Federal Way School District Athletic Director; and Bob Stewart, a Federal Way High School teacher and coach. All three died of mesothelioma.

“The significance of this race is that we are honoring three distinguished men who died from mesothelioma,” said Stewart. “The event allows us to also honor all others in the State of Washington who have died of mesothelioma.”

This year’s race will once again benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma by funding research and providing education and resources for mesothelioma patients and their families. Race organizers hope to raise $15,000 at the event this year.

The race will take place at the Federal Way Community Center. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is available through June 25 and costs $25. The cost to register raises to $35 from June 25 through race day.

Those participating in the race will receive a t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the winners of their age group. As a family event, a Kid’s Dash will also take place, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Children participating will be awarded medals. Activities such as face painting and massages will also be available onsite.

A breakfast of baked goods and juice will be provided following the race in the community center.

To learn more about the Washington Memorial 5K Run/Walk and to register, visit the race’s website.