Runners and walkers celebrated the lunar new year by taking part in the sold-out inaugural ICHS Lunar New Year 5K Run/Walk event on Sunday, February 7, at Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue. Brisk but dry and clear weather greeted the 5K participants, who enjoyed a morning of physical activity, friendly competition, camaraderie, and raising much needed funds to support ICHS programs and activities. The event raised over $21,000.

“We opened our Bellevue clinic in 2014 in the Crossroads neighborhood only a few miles from here,” said ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola in a statement. “This event is partly to celebrate our new presence on the Eastside and raise money for uncompensated patient care at our clinics.”

To kick off the race, members of the Mak Fai Lion Dance Team performed an energetic dance. Cancer survivors, including community advocates Al Sugiyama and Kristina Logsdon, were recognized at the event. A number of runners from the Silver Striders, a statewide group of runners and walkers over 50, were represented, since the race has been listed as part of their Grand Prix race series. Race results can be viewed at Photos by I.E. Staff Photographer, Isaac Liu.

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