Mother’s Day Dash honors victims of Boston bombings

April 30, 2013

By Megg Joosten

Long before the Boston Marathon bombings happened, members of the Issaquah Schools Foundation came up with the idea of a Mother’s Day 5K run to benefit the foundation.

After the bombings, the foundation decided it wanted to honor the victims during the race, and decided to donate $1 from every entry to the One Fund.

“We did some research and felt like it was very fitting to honor the runners from the Boston Marathon,” Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, said in a phone interview.

When Christine Kipp, of Ewing and Clark, heard that the foundation was going to donate to the One Fund, she decided to match that donation, dollar for dollar, donating $1 for each participant to both the One Fund and foundation.

“It was a whim,” Kipp said in a phone interview. “I think it’s compelling when one philanthropy reaches out to another.”

Kipp has been a longtime supporter of the foundation and said she supports the luncheon every year because she is really interested in what the foundation does.

Callahan said she anticipates between 1,000 and 1,500 runners and walkers for the inaugural year.

“We think that it’s a great time of year and it’s a great activity to do with your mom,” Callahan said, calling it the perfect Mother’s Day activity.

Though Kipp doesn’t run, she agrees that the race is an excellent opportunity for the community.

“I respect those who do and think it’s a wonderful example for the community and the kids,” Kipp said. “It’s an event we can rally around.”

The fun run starts at 9 a.m. May 11 on 12th Avenue, by Sports Authority in Issaquah. Entry fee for adults and children 11 and older is $25; children 10 and younger are $8. All ages are invited. Proceeds will go toward programs funded by the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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