Lakewood Independence Day Weekend 'Yankee Doodle' 5K, 10K and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run Walk

8714 87th Ave SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

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Lakewood Independence Day Weekend ‘Yankee Doodle’

5K, 10K and Kids 1 Mile Run and Walk

Pets and Strollers welcome!

8AM, July 2nd, 2023

Kids Race will start at 8:45AM

Fort Steilacoom Park


Run with the Independence big dogs! Come out this Independence Day weekend and run, walk, or race – bring your lovely pet or push a stroller – and earn that medal!

Built with the best routes, routes that are built for speed and all the beauty Fort Steilacoom has to offer. This run is pet and stroller friendly. Just add motivation and if you have what it takes – which you do- you will earn the rewards!

The location is the gorgeous Fort Steilacoom Park on the paved Waughop Lake loop and the multi-use trails – suitable for Pets and Strollers. Please ensure that you know the route, understand the multi-use trail system. While Pets and Strollers are welcome, each participant must ensure the course is not too rugged or challenging for you particular situation. There will be water stops along the well-marked route and refreshments at the start and finish. Athletes will finish through the big Just TRI Finish arch and receive Just TRI Finisher Medals, T-Shirt (5K and 10K).  The Kids race participants - Receive a medal, race Shirts will be available for purchase. 


Wait, what?  YES! Cash prizes…the Just TRI Staff has hidden 3 idols, each with $10-$25.00 along the course.  Why? Because we want you to win and by finding the hidden idols, you win!  There will be 3 hidden idols, one for each course – The 5K, 10K, and the Kids 1 Mile run – Turn the idol in at the finish to the Race Director and receive Cash. Cold Hard, Cash!  Look for clues on Just TRI’s Facebook page for details and clues.

10K & 5K Fun Run / Walk – Pets and Strollers

Look for the release of the official course map - coming soon. Fort Steilacoom Park has many on-going trail improvements, so we don’t want to get the stroller too far in front of the athlete! We do know that at least one loop around Waughop Lake will be used for the 5K and likely two loops for the 10K. But stay tuned for the exact routes.

We are allowing Stroller and Pets on the course. This is BIG! Right…we want you involved with your entire family so bring pets, bring your littles ones, and bring a friend. But ensure you’re comfortable with running with your leashed pet or pushing a stroller. Make you are comfortable with the routes and condition of the running surface. While we know pets and parents with strollers have navigated these routes, you must study the course and feel comfortable that they meet your expectations. ALL Pets must be leashed during the race – as well in the park – we strong encourage the adherence to all park rules.

The 5K is completely inside Fort Steilacoom Park and likely the 10K as well. Both the 10K and 5K will be pretty much be flat and fast courses. Participants can take their time, run or walk – fast or slow – be safe and have fun. The races take the best parts of the course - along the beautiful shores of Waughop Lake and the best use of paved surfaces. There will likely be some hill elements, but nothing crazy! Components of the run will use the multi-use trail system. The multi-use trails in the park are very manageable. Stay tuned for the final course design.

1 Mile Kids Fun Run or Walk

We always like to do this for the kids!  All participants - 10 and under – can participate. They will receive a great looking Medal. The run or walk is just for fun and involve children to let them feel the fun of exercise. There are no placing medals, but they will be inspired. Parents with strollers, pets, and all are welcome and encouraged to complete this fun race.  It’s nearly free! It’s Fun! It’s for the whole family!  

 During the race:

  • Please be sure to review the course!  The Staff will know the course, but it is up to the athlete to know all the course details!
  • All Park rules must be strickly adhered to. Including PET Leash rules. Pets absolutely must be leashed during all events.
  • Athlete – Day of Race - Check in will start at 6AM at Shelter 1, at FORT STEILACOOM PARK!
    • Day of the race check in gets crazy! We try to streamline this process as much as possible. Bib numbers for people wanting to register on the day of the race will be preassigned in our system. No additional swag will be handed out at this time – just the shirt and number.  Come get Additional SWAG at Packet Pick up – stay tuned for Packet Pick up details.
    • Course maps will be posted at packet pick up and at Day of Reg.
    • The Kids 1 mile will start at 8:45. This way the 5K participants will finish their race and will be able to watch the kids run. The kids run will be really simple and is just for their fun. Kids get a bid number, and all finishers get a medal. Kids won’t be timed and do not get a shirt - Shirts are available for purchase.
    • The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, JUST TRI encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the event.
    • Just TRI events are for the most part cupless, in general, but additionally due to COVID as well as we TRI to be Earth friendly. We will have some cups for those who do not have refillable bottles. Please bring your own container that can be refilled at our aid stations.
    • Results will be posted after the race see 

Sign up a friend!

We did this promotion in 17, 18 and 2019! And we’re doing it again!

1.  Sign up a friend and get an Insulated Polar 20oz water bottle and a pocket size Body Glide.  The perfect set up for a Half marathon, same place on September 2nd, 2023!

2.  Have your friends, running partners, co-workers, son, daughter family members register at:

3. Email the Just TRI Pro Staff the message: "My friend...NAME...Just Registered" to:

You will receive your water bottle and body glide items at the race!!!

Limited time offer!!


By joining our race you acknowledge and agree to adhere to generally accepted COVID safety protocols at the time of the race. These protocols are aligned with Washington State COVID-19 Safety standards that will or will likely be in placed at the time of the race. Currently face covering is optional – please be aware of updates in the days and weeks before race.


Awards will be presented to individual 10K and 5K – three deep. Award ribbons will be presented to age group winners, also three deep.

Age Groups: Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & 60+.


Smile, wave and cheer when you see a photographer – photos from our Just TRI photographer will be available for download – See after the race!


We need your support!  It’s easy money!  Bring 10 volunteers out and Just TRI will make a $100.00 donation to your non-profit organization.  There is no easier way to earn money for you group!!  We do this for all our events and people LOVE IT!  Want another way to make money for your non-profit…Contact the Race Director.   

Packet Pick up

TBD – Look for additional Details coming soon!


Location to be announced

Cancellation policy 

There are no refunds for this race.  We certainly understand injuries occur and life happens, therefore you will be able to transfer your registration to another Just TRI Running event.  Please Email the Race Director for this option at:

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Event details and schedule

Lakewood Independence Day Weekend ‘Yankee Doodle’

5K, 10K and Kids 1 Mile Run and Walk

Pets and Strollers welcome!

8AM, July 2nd, 2023

Kids Race will start at 8:45AM

Fort Steilacoom Park



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