5K raises nearly $2000 for literacy

The 12th annual 5K Walk/Run for Literacy, held June 18, raised just under $2,000 for the Whatcom Literary Council. Village Books and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers sponsored the event, a combination road and trail course that started at the Village Green in Fairhaven.

Despite cold, wet weather, 185 walkers and runners participated. The overall winner was Alex Kurtis, age 23, with a time of 17:35. Live music and food were provided at the awards ceremony.

“We’re so pleased to have been involved with the Whatcom Literacy Council for so many years, long before we began the Walk/Run for Literacy,” Chuck Robinson, co-owner of Village Books, said in a press release. “Working with our great neighbor, Fairhaven Runners, for the past dozen years in putting on this event and raising money for literacy efforts has been a joy too.”

The Whatcom Literary Council provides reading, writing and speaking tutelage for adults in Whatcom County. One in six adults in the county is functionally illiterate, according to the organization’s website.

The fundraiser received support from The Colophon Cafe, Copies Now, Haggen Fairhaven Market, Great Harvest Bread Company and the Greater Bellingham Running Club.

For more information on the Whatcom Literary Council, visit whatcomliteracy.org or call (360) 647-3264. Find out more about Village Books at villagebooks.com and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers at fairhavenrunners.com.

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