The Bill Burby Inspirational Fun Run and Walk is this Saturday, July 12, and Islander Marcia Weidkamp’s three daughters and a granddaughter will converge on the Island to take part.
“I’m the only one who is actually going to run the 5K,” Weidkamp, 71, lamented.
Her daughters, all Island-raised and in their 40s, insisted on signing up for the 5K walk so they can catch up with one another.
“It will be a walk n’ talk fest for them,” Weidkamp predicted. She’ll be joined by daughters Lisa Adair, Laura Kelly, Darcy May and granddaughter Ashley Van Huizen, 12, all of whom now live off-Island. Darcy May, the most farflung, is flying in from Kona, Hawaii, to enjoy family, the Fun Run and Strawberry Festival.
Weidkamp says she took up running in 1969 when she moved to the Burton Peninsula and began a regimen of running twice around the peninsula loop. She moved to her current home in Sandy Shores 14 years ago and starts her day by jogging up the Sandy Shores hill — a steep climb. She says running is a “quicker way to get exercise than walking.”
Another family who will take on the Burby course together are the Krug-Belknaps, longtime Burby Fun Run aficionados.
“I am not a runner, but an enthusiastic supporter,” father Rich Krug clarified.
Savannah Krug, 16, will run the 10K, while Ryan Krug, 12, will run the 5K.
Mother Rose Belknap almost always runs either the 10K or 5K but has decided to help out with race logistics this year. She started running after Ryan was born to “keep up with the kids.” Rose is often seen jogging up the hill from Dockton Park with a big hairy dog named ZeeZee. But under veterinarian’s orders, ZeeZee has hung up his running shoes.
Ryan’s passion for running started with jaunts around Dockton with his mom. He joined the McMurray Middle School track team, racing in the 800 and 1600 meter events as well as sprints and relays. Savannah does both track and cross-country at Vashon High School. She prefers the 10K run because “the longer the race, the more satisfactory it is!”
In addition to Bill Burby, this year’s event honors Vashon Island Junior Basketball. With the exodus of longtime race supporter K2, race organizers are thankful that Vashon Island Rotary Club, Vashon Kiwanis, Northwest Sports and Windermere Real Estate stepped in to co-sponsor the family-friendly event. Although top finishers in each age group of the 10K and 5K runs will receive medals or ribbons, all registrants, will be eligible to win one of four prizes offered by Northwest Sports. Winners will be selected by a random drawing immediately after the race.