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King County Parks’ Big Backyard 5K, June 2nd features live music, kids’ dash and more


Join with friends, family and fellow outdoors enthusiasts in a fun event that supports King County Parks: the Big Backyard 5K presented by Group Health, June 2 at Marymoor Park.


Join with friends, family and fellow outdoors enthusiasts in a fun event that supports King County Parks: The Big Backyard 5K presented by Group Health, June 2 at Marymoor Park.

The Big Backyard 5K starts at 9 a.m. and takes participants through beautiful Marymoor Park at the northern end of Lake Sammamish. The course follows the Marymoor Connector Trail and a portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. This family-friendly event welcomes strollers and leashed dogs.

A free kids’ dash sponsored by Whole Foods Market follows the fun run at 10 a.m., and then it’s time for a free live concert at 10:30 a.m. Whole Foods Market and CLIF Kid are also on board to support this family friendly race.

“Our 26,000 acres of parks, 175 miles of regional trails and 180 miles of backcountry trails provide virtually limitless possibilities for healthy activities that all can enjoy, and the Big Backyard 5K is a great opportunity to come have some fun in Marymoor Park,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

“Group Health is pleased to have been a long-time sponsor the Big Backyard 5K. We believe that participating in events like these motivate people to get healthy and stay healthy,” said Damien King, community relations manager for Group Health.

For just $25, entrants will receive an event t-shirt, plus food, drinks and more on race day. Registration for the 2013 run is easy – sign up online at The Big Backyard 5K promotes fitness and community involvement, and has raised nearly $95,000 in the past three years for King County Parks.

Funds help leverage King County taxpayers’ investment in parks, trails and open space by keeping these features open and safe for all to enjoy.

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King County Parks
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 180 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs. Learn more at

Group Health Cooperative
Marking its 65th year, Group Health Cooperative is an innovative, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that integrates care and coverage. Along with its subsidiary carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, Group Health works to improve the health of more than 663,000 plan members in Washington and Idaho. Group Health is ranked “Highest in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Northwest Region, Two Years in a Row” by J.D. Power and Associates. More than 9,000 staff employed by Group Health and Group Health Physicians, its contracted, multispecialty group practice, provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to members and the broader community through medical centers, a charitable foundation, and a nationally recognized research center. Please visit the virtual newsroom on our Web site, under “Newsroom.”