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    Saturday July 2nd 2022, 6pm – 8:30pm. The Downtown Yakima Mile is a one-mile race down a beautiful 14-block gradual downhill stretch of Yakima Avenue, finishing in the shadows of Yakima’s historic Larson Building. The Downtown Yakima Mile is much more than a race. It’s about bringing our community together for fun, fitness, and in support of an important cause that serves Yakima YWCA, and its mission to end Domestic Violence in the Yakima Valley. Through the generosity of race sponsors Home2 Suites and Tru by Hilton-Yakima Airport, the Downtown Yakima Mile is free for runners 18 and under. Senior citizens are $12.50, and all other runners can register for $25. Make the 2022 Downtown Yakima Mile part of your Fourth of July weekend festivities!

    Athlete and activist Rosalie Fish is running in this event to “demonstrate that every single one of us can make an impact in ending domestic violence.” Fish will begin running at the sound of the starting gun fired for the first heat of the Yakima Mile at 6pm and continue to run miles up and down Yakima Ave. until the final runner crosses the finish line approximately 2 1/2 hours later! Rosalie Fish, University of Washington cross country and track athlete is an enrolled member of the Cowlitz tribe and lives on the Muckleshoot reservation. She uses her platform to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, People (MMIWP) and Two-Spirit. Running is inherently beautiful and powerful, but as Fish describes, “running becomes all the more beautiful when we run for each other.” You are invited to make a difference by registering for the Downtown Yakima Mile! Whether you run or not, you can pledge a dollar amount for every mile Fish runs, which goes directly to the YWCA Yakima.

    There are many races at the Downtown Yakima Mile, featuring heats for families, kids, veterans, elite runners, walkers and even dogs! Registration before June 15th enters your name into a giveaway of 2 tickets to Kendrick Lamar’s Seattle concert on August 27th, overnight stay included. Lamar’s latest album focuses on generational abuse, mental health issues, and overcoming violence. The drawing will be held at the event prior to the Elite Runners heat. You must be present to win. The Downtown Yakima Mile is free for runners 18 and under. Senior citizens are $12.50, and all other runners can register for $25.00.

    Run for fun. Run for health. Run for the record. Run to show your community spirit. Run to support survivors of domestic abuse. To register for the race and find out more, visit YWCA YAKIMA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LOCAL HOTLINE - 509.248.7796.

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