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JBLM Salmon Run

Time to shake and bake

Northwest Guardian

Published: 12:42PM August 31st, 2017

If you go

What: JBLM Salmon Run

When: Sept. 9. Race bib pick-up opens at 9 a.m. 1K Smolt Run at 10:45 a.m.; 12K at 11:15 a.m.; 5K at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Heritage Hill on McChord Field

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Good health and better physical fitness are typical incentives for runners, but anyone who finishes the annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Salmon Run can also enjoy a free salmon lunch.

Runners will be crossing the finish line not far from a pavilion where salmon will be prepared on site, complete with side dishes and beverages.

“It’s being prepped over at (The Club at McChord Field), and the chef will bring it out to barbecue so that it’s freshly baked,” said Teresa Hatch, JBLM Intramural Sports coordinator.

A few different course options start at Heritage Hill and conclude near the display aircraft. The first run will be the 1K Smolt Run at 10:45 a.m., reserved for younger runners.

The 12K runners will begin at 11:15 a.m., followed by the 5K runners at 11:30 a.m. Along with the meal, runners will receive a custom finisher medal.

The event has historically attracted hundreds of service members, retirees, family members and civilians. Unlike many of the fun runs, the JBLM Salmon Run will feature a 12K (7.45-mile course) for those who want to try a different challenge from the usual 5K (3.1 mile option).

Because it’s a fun run, it’s a good opportunity for runners to get their feet wet with something a little longer.

“They can go out there, run the 7 miles and see how they do,” Hatch said. “There’s a time clock, but it’s not a timed event where you have to finish in a specific period of time.”

Another aspect that makes the Salmon Run unique is that it takes place on the McChord Field side of the joint installation. Most of the events on the 2017 JBLM race calendar have been hosted on Lewis Main.

Hatch said there are some members of JBLM’s community who may not have seen the picnic ground that features aircraft from the past that now call McChord Field home. JBLM runs also encourage Air Force families to see what’s on the Army side of the base.

“People sometimes stay on their own side, but (these runs) open up everything that is available on both sides here on Joint Base Lewis-McChord,” Hatch said.

The early-bird registration period has passed, but runners can still sign up during the event’s late registration period that concludes Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. The fee for runners with military ID is $15 for the 1K youth run, $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 12K.

Runners without a military affiliation will be charged $20 for the 1K, $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 12K. Unlike the early registration period, there is no guarantee runners will be able to get a special Salmon Run T-shirt.

For anyone who is still interested and misses the Wednesday deadline, there is the day-of registration option where the prices will go up. Runners with military affiliation pay $20 for the 1K, $35 for the 5K and $40 for the 12K; those without will be charged $25, $40 and $50 respectively.

For more information about the race and other upcoming events, visit

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon