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Favorite Runs Return to Gig Harbor This Fall


Gig Harbor, Wash. July 18, 2012 – The beautiful community of Gig Harbor Washington is home to two of the regions favorite races, both returning in September and even bigger and better.


Over the Narrows, now in its third year, will take place on Saturday September 1st.  The event features the 10 mile route from Gig Harbor’s Uptown Shopping area, over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and return.  New this year is Galloping Gertie, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, beginning at Gateway Pointe Business Park and also going over the bridge.  A Kid’s Dash will take place at Gateway Pointe Business Park.


Registration for all of these events is going on now.  Learn more and register at  .  Over the Narrows raises money and awareness for five charities that support children: Communities in Schools, Children’s Home Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Food Backpacks 4 Kids and Children of Fallen Soldiers.  This event is put on by the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North.


Race for a Soldier, now in its second year, is Gig Harbor’s only half marathon event.  Last year it drew more than 1400 participants in its first year.  Moved from mid October to late September, the 2012 event will take place on Sunday September 23rd.  The course begins at the Gig Harbor YMCA and loops through the beautiful valley’s North of Gig Harbor.  Race For a Soldier raises money and awareness to support programs offering essential healing needed for combat soldiers military personnel affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries.  Changing the meaning of PTSD by giving our soldiers Permission To Start Dreaming!  The event draws an impressive participation from local military groups.  In addition, the patriotic support along the entire 13.1 mile course adds a colorful, yet thoughtful, element to the day.


Registration for Race for a Soldier is going on now.  Learn more and register at


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