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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Eatonville, Washington
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Wildlife parkís annual Run Wild event on Oct. 5 offers 5k and 8k runs and a 5k walk through the forest; runners get their times, and 5k course is U.S. Track & Field certified

EATONVILLE, Wash. - Itís nearly race day, and the staff at Northwest Trek is readying an event that will have runners and walkers doing a happy dance.

The annual Run Wild 5k an 8k runs and 5k walk allow participants the rare joy of pounding paved trails through the beauty of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. No barking dogs to disrupt the quiet. No bicyclists, skateboarders or cars to dodge. Just a lush forest canopy under which to run or walk.

This yearís event is set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

Runners are chip timed, and the 5k course is USA Track & Field certified.

T-shirts are included with the registration fee, but each participant must register by Sept. 26 in order to guarantee his or her shirt is available.

And, perhaps best of all, proceeds from Run Wild help support programs at Northwest Trek.

Thereís lots of fresh air and exercise, too, of course. Portions of the way are hilly, and 8k runners will find their athletic shoes slapping gravel along some of the paths.

Registration includes park admission as well as the race shirt. All runners and walkers also will be entered in a raffle for a number of prizes.

Parking is extremely limited, so runners and walkers are encouraged to carpool. The pre-race gates close at 7:50 a.m. and no one will be admitted later. Participants should get on site early.

Registration is $30 before midnight Oct. 2; $40 on race day.

And a trip to Northwest Trek is like a little mini-vacation. The wildlife park is located near Eatonville, just an hourís drive from Seattle and less than an hour from Tacoma. Yet it feels like a world away. Tall evergreens and lush undergrowth provide a soothing setting to help melt stress away.

And, of course, there is exhibit after exhibit of native Northwest animals, and a narrated 50-minute tram tour through the Free-Roaming area, where visitors can see bison, Roosevelt Elk, bighorn sheep, moose, deer and other animals.

To register for Run Wild and get full event details, go to


Northwest Trek, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is a 725-acre zoological park dedicated to conservation, education and recreation by displaying, interpreting and researching native Northwest wildlife and their natural habitats. The wildlife park is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma and is located 35 miles southeast of Tacoma off State Highway 161.

Event Start Location
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Contact
11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA 98328

Course Description
Course is hilly primarily on paved trails (some gravel on 8k and grass for the finish line) with a challenging hilly expanse at the end of the course. Trails run through wildlife park's forested areas. Separate courses for runners and walkers.

Registration includes park admission as well as the race shirt. All runners and walkers also will be entered in a raffle to win a number of prizes.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Beat the day of race crowd and pick up your race number and tee shirt October 4th at Fleet Feet Bonney Lake from noon to 6:30 pm. Fleet Feet is located at 19685 State Route 410 East, Bonney Lake, WA.

Timing / Results
Chip timing for 5K and 8K runs

From Seattle
Traveling south on I-5, exit to the left at exit 154A (I-405 north to Renton). Travel 2 miles on I-405 to exit 2 (SR 167 south to Renton and Auburn). Travel 20 miles south on SR 167 and exit to SR 512 (west to Puyallup). Travel 3.5 miles and exit at SR 161 (to South Hill and Eatonville). Turn left at the light and travel south 17 miles. Northwest Trek is on the left side of the highway.

From Downtown Tacoma
Traveling south on I-5, take exit 127 (SR 512 to Puyallup). Travel east on SR 512 for about 8 miles to SR 161 (Eatonville exit). Turn right onto SR 161 off SR 512. Follow SR 161 south for 17 miles. Northwest Trek is on the left side of the highway.

From Olympia
Traveling north on I-5, take exit 111 and go east on SR 510. Follow SR 510 for about 16 miles to Yelm. In Yelm, SR 510 becomes SR 507. Continue straight through Yelm on SR 507 for about 3 miles until you reach McKenna. Turn right at the first stoplight in McKenna onto SR 702. Travel for 10 miles on SR 702 until SR 7. Cross SR 7 at the blinking light and turn right following the Eatonville Cut Off road. Proceed until you reach SR 161 at Barney's Corner. Turn left onto SR 161. Northwest Trek is about 2 miles north on the right side of the highway.

From Portland and Areas to the South
Traveling north on I-5, take the US 12 exit to Morton and Mount St. Helens. Turn left onto SR 7 to Elbe. You will come to a "T" at Elbe. Turn left on SR 706 to Tacoma. Near Alder Lake you will see a sign for Eatonville. Turn right onto SR 161 traveling to Eatonville. Follow SR 161 through Eatonville. Northwest Trek is 6 miles north of Eatonville on SR 161 on the right side of the highway.

Extremely Limited. Carpools are strongly recommended. Race begins at 8:30, but you will not be admitted to the park - either by car or on foot - after 7:50 a.m.

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