Winter Pineapple Classic returns to North Bend

November 7, 2012

By Staff

The Winter Pineapple Classic, a 5K obstacle course and fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, returns to Mountain Meadows Farm Nov. 10.

The event, followed by a post-event luau that gives the fundraiser its name, gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the society.

Anyone 8 years old or older may participate, registering in teams of two or more. The fastest teams, either single-gender or co-ed will win prizes. More prizes will be given to the best costume. Every participant will receive tee shirts, a free pass for the food line, a goodie bag, a free beer if you’re 21 or older, “and the satisfaction that you are fighting blood cancers,” a press release stated.

The first wave of participants starts at 9 a.m. and continues every 15 minutes thereafter. Last wave starts at 1 p.m.

Teams will be categorized as Honu (Hawaiian for turtle, for teams that plan to walk), Wiki (Hawaiian for fast, for teams that plan to run and walk) and Kekoa (Hawaiian for warrior, for teams planning to win the race). People without teammates may sign up as an individual and will be assigned to a team.

Each participant must raise a minimum of $50, which is separate from a $50 registration fee.

The first Pineapple Classic in 2006 had 750 participants raising $95,000. The next year, the event raised $200,000. This year’s event will try to raise half a million dollars.

Mountain Meadows Farm is at 10106 422nd Lane S.E., North Bend.


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