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  1. Oso United Mudslide Benefit Run – Volunteer Training

    There’s a LOT to do and 1 month makes it crazy when you’re doing it for the first time.  ANYWAY …

    I know it’s late notice and some of you won’t be able to make it because it’s short notice and/or Easter weekend, BUT, I would like to go through volunteer training April 19th.  If you can make it, fantastic, if you can’t let me know if there’s an opportunity to meet during the week (I just can’t do it on Easter Sunday).

    When:  9:00a is the target time (so people can get on with whatever awaits them on their Saturday)

    Where:  At the event site.  Near the Stillaguamish Athletic Club which is located at 4417 172nd Street NE in Arlington.  It’s exit 206 off of I-5.  Head east until you come to the intersection of 51st Avenue and 172nd Street.  The vacant lot is diagonally across the street from the Union 76 gas station.  I will have the Arlington Runners Club banner on our 10 x 10 canopy so you can find us – but we’ll most likely be the only people in the vacant lot.

    What:  We’ll go over what we know and what we expect will happen to help you do your assigned volunteer job.

    Why:  We want you to be as comfortable as possible when the event happens.  I’m expecting 1,000 or so people participating in the event.  If each person brings a couple of family members with them, that’s 2,000-3,000 people.  It will be crazy but if you’re prepared it shouldn’t be too bad.


    ► For the course volunteers, we’ll show you the course and assign a position on the course for you to work.  This is very important so people don’t get lost on the course.  You’ll only be one part of the course directions.  There will be lots of signs and paint on the course to augment what you do.  We’ve never lost anyone on the course before so it will be okay and we have at least 4 times more people on the course for this event than we would at our normal events.

    ► Registration people will get to see the registration process and what their duties are.  This is very important because the registration process will set the tone for everyone to be happy.  If they have an enjoyable registration process – they’re usually happy throughout the event.  If they have a terrible experience they typically have a terrible experience and recruit others in their trip of misery.  We don’t want that.

    ► Traffic/Parking volunteers will be shown where they will be assigned and what we would like them to do.  A monumental task to keep traffic flowing.  I meet with the City of Arlington on Monday to establish a traffic control plan for shutting down Airport Boulevard for the event.  I expect they’ll have a police unit at the intersection of 172nd and 51st to help control traffic.  If we know the traffic flow plan WE want to implement at least we’ll know where we want the cars to go so they can get in/out as quickly as possible.  Again, the happy parkers makes happy participants and a happy event.

    ■ The main traffic flow will come into the site via 172nd & 51st intersection and the exit will be the same.

    ■ For those who need to leave early, we’ll route them through the Stillaguamish Athletic Club (SAC) entrance but I want to keep that at a minimum to reduce the impact on SAC.

    I only have about 24 orange vests.  If you have access to some, bring them please.  I will be talking with the shirt vendor to see if we could get some safety green shirts with the Oso United logo on the front and VOLUNTEER on the back so volunteers are easy to identify.  I would like you to consider covering the $5 cost for your shirt and you can keep them when the event is over.  The shirt thing isn’t a done deal, but I think I can make that happen and it would be a good idea for the event and its participants.

    Jon Hatfield
    Arlington Runners Club, President

  2. Oso United Courses

    Oso-United-Course-MapWe have 3 courses for the Oso United Mudslide Benefit Fun Run.  All courses START and FINISH at the same location:

    1) 10k loop around the airport
    2) 5k out and back on Airport Boulevard
    3) 1 Mile loop around the woods near the START/FINISH area.

    You can download or open the Google Earth map of the courses  HERE (but you’ll need to have Google Earth installed to see it).

    The 10k course loops around the airport then does a smaller loop around the START/FINISH area.  The START elevation is 125 feet with the lowest point at 103 feet and highest point at 140 feet.   The course if split between paved streets or paved walking trail or a gravel trail which is like running on a gravel driveway or private road (2 parallel gravel paths).


    • ►   It is a very gradual slope on pavement for the first 1.5 miles
    • ►  The course switches to gravel
    • ►  About a 10’ increase in elevation over 230 feet
    • ►  Another flat run for about 1 mile.
    • ►  A drop of 10’ in elevation of 230 feet
    • ►  A very gradual slope for half a mile
    • ►  A 10’ increase in elevation over 200 feet
    • ►  800 feet of flat trail
    • ►  A 5’ increase in elevation over 250 feet
    • ►  Another 0.4 miles of trail and it switches back to paved streets
    • ►  1.3 miles of level paved streets and paved walking trail
    • ►  The rest of the course is basically trail with a very small amount of paved road.


    The 5k course is basically an OUT-and-BACK on Airport Boulevard then does a smaller loop around the START/FINISH area.    The course if split between paved streets or paved walking trail or a gravel trail which is like running on a gravel driveway or private road (2 parallel gravel paths).


    • ►  The START elevation is 125 feet.
    • ►  It is a very gradual slope on pavement for the first 1.5 miles to the turn-around (elevation 134 feet) where you will cross to the other side of Airport Boulevard and run back.
    • ►  When you arrive back to the starting area you will do a half mile trail loop around the starting area and end at the FINSH LINE.

    The 1 Mile course is a very simple, flat loop around a wooded section adjacent to the START/FINISH area on a wide trail. It is a very simple course and will have plenty of volunteers. You shouldn’t have any problems.

  3. Oso United Mudslide Benefit Race Bibs

    Race-BibWe have an idea. We are going to have a bunch of Sharpie pens available so you could write a short note on the back of your race bib. We’ll make sure your note/bib gets passed along to the mudslide folks. It could be a note to the families, a note to the first responders, a prayer – anything that we can pass along to encourage others or share your compassion for their loss.

  4. Dogs at Arlington Runners Club Events

    I’m excited to see people participate in our events.  We hope if you come to one event, it will be the first of many.  It’s great to be involved in the community and making a difference.
    The question of “Can I bring my dog to the event” is a bit complicated for me to answer because people are complicated.  One person’s well-behaved dog is another person’s terribly-behaved dog.
    1) We want to provide a great experience so our concern is that your pet wouldn’t create a negative impact on others.

    2) We live in a litigious society and we don’t want to be named as a party to a law suit should something go wrong.

    3) What if someone else brings a dog or dogs and there’s a problem?
    So I guess I’d have to say you decide.  When asked, the attorney’s advice is to say no because it’s the easy, safe answer.  But we’ve had runners just show up with their dogs before and we’ve not had a problem.  Our concern is that the animal doesn’t cause problems with runners or the public and if they create a mess the owner is responsible and cleans up after their pet.  I went to an event once and there were dogs at the event and I stepped into a pile of dog doo. Unfortunately I didn’t notice it until I got into my car. As a result, my enjoyable outing ended on a less than enjoyable tone. We just want to put on a good family friendly event that is healthy, creates community involvement and helps out someone in need within our community.
    If one looks at life from a risk analysis perspective we’d never get anything done.  Everything has risk.  So I guess I can’t give you permission, but I’m not willing to say no either.  Just about every concern with a dog could be said of a youngster.  Are we going to ban kids at our events?  No, but we do hope the parents are responsible parents and properly manage their kids & clean up after them.
    Hope to see you at our event and maybe I’ll get to meet your pet.
    Jon Hatfield
    Arlington Runners Club, President

  5. Oso United Event Shirts available $15 each

    Event shirts are not included with registration; however, we have ordered 125 event shirts (Men’s sizes small to XL) which are available at $15 each. 100% of the shirt sale proceeds will go to the Oso United Mudslide Benefit. When the supply runs low, we will order additional batches of shirts as needed.

    Click on the shirt to purchase, please use the “Add special instructions to the seller:” link to tell us the size(s) of shirts you want before you complete the PayPal donation.

  6. PRESS RELEASE: Oso Mudslide Benefit Fun Run 10k/5k/1 Mile announced

    Oso Mudslide Benefit Fun Run 10k/5k/1 Mile announced
    Arlington Runners Club
    Event Opens: Saturday, April 26th at 9:00a
    Moment of Silence ceremony at 10:37a
    Start of the Fun Run at 10:45a
    Event Closes at 12:45p
    Arlington Airport Trail, Arlington, WA – The Arlington Runners Club has a 9 year history of hosting charity fun run events in Arlington with the race registration fees donated to local charities.  Last year the Arlington Runners Club hosted a special fun run to benefit the families and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. When we heard the devastating news of the Oso mudslide disaster and its impact on our community, we had to put on a fun run to raise money for our local community and have partnered with the Skagit Runners Club to do so.
    Registration is currently open for this event and 100% of the registration fees will be donated to three (3) local organizations which have been intimately involved in the entire rescue, recovery and ongoing relief efforts.  The organizations selected as recipients of the monies raised are:

    1. 1. The Darrington Family Support Services in Darrington has been selected because of their ongoing support of work on the Darrington side of the mudslide.

    3. 2. The Oso Mudslide Relief administrated by the Oso Community Church in Oso has been selected because of their ongoing support of work on the Arlington side of the mudslide.

    5. 3. The Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) has been selected because of their tireless devotion to assisting individuals in crisis throughout Snohomish County.  As their name states, they are volunteers and receive limited public monies.  Most of the SCVSAR members donate their equipment as well as their time and expertise and we would like to help them purchase new or replacement supplies and equipment to help them continue their critical work in our community.

    The center of activity for this event is located just east of the Stillaguamish Athletic Club located at 4417 172nd Street NE – the vacant lot on the northwest corner of 172nd Street NE and Airport Boulevard in the Smokey Point community in Arlington.  We are expecting more than 1,000 participants for this event.
    Registration is open now.  Visit our website at  or our Facebook event page at  or email us at
    The Arlington Runners Club is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization which host 5 events each year.  The registration monies raised are given to a local charity.  This year’s events are:

    1. River & Rails Run (March 22nd, the mudslide occurred during the event) – the proceeds go to Cocoon House which works with at-risk teens.

    3. Walk & Roll Run (May 17th) – the proceeds go to Eagle Wings disAbility which works with the special needs community.

    5. Rescue Run (September 20th) – the proceeds go to the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Operations Support Unit.

    7. Airport Run for HOPE! (October 18th) – the proceeds go to Housing Hope which works with distressed and low income families with emergency, temporary and long-term housing needs.

    9. Christmas Run (December 6th) – historically the funds went to a local chapter of Toys for Tots, this year we will be donating the money to the Oso relief efforts.


    - end of release -

  7. Oso Mudslide Run – Where’s the money going?

    I did quite a bit of research to make sure the monies raised will get to the people who need it most.  There are a lot of good organizations who would do a great job of helping those in need, but we had two important goals we hoped to achieve:  1) a LOCAL organization   2) an organization that is intimately involved in the recovery and relief efforts from the very beginning – basically someone who KNEW where the real need was so we could make the most impact.  As a result we have identified the following 3 organizations and will be dividing the proceeds between them:

    1. The Darrington Family Support Center. They are a small community service center who are intimately involved with the recovery & relief efforts on the Darrington side of the mudslide.  They are doing a fantastic job of working with the first responders and families affected by the mudslide.  Very local, very connected with what’s going on and who needs assistance.
    1. The Oso Mudslide Relief (administrated by the Oso Community Church, also very involved with the current recovery efforts and needs of affected community on the Arlington side of the mudslide. Also doing a fantastic job working with everyone.
      1. Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue.  I have close friends who are part of the SCVSAR and was shocked when I found out that they do not receive any public money.  They volunteer everything from their time to their equipment.  ARC started doing the Rescue Run for them last year at the Arlington Appreciation Day and will continue to do so every year to help them raise money for equipment and supplies so they can focus on rescuing people.
  8. Oso United Sets ARC Record

    untitledWe have officially broken the 300 barrier – we now have 303 people registered for the Oso United Mudslide Benefit Fun Run!  Our previous high registration number was 298 with 289 of those people actually completing the event.  We still have 2 weeks to go before the event and we would love to have over 1,000 participating on the day of the event – we’d love even more.  Thank you to all who have registered and all who are still planning on registering.

  9. Oso United Mudslide Benefit Fun Run Update (04-12-2014)

    A frequent request is to post the registration link at the top of the Facebook page, it has been pinned at the top for a while, you must have missed seeing it. It is also linked at the club website: … the… top post has links for registering online.

    Another common request is: Where is the money going to be donated? There are many organizations who would be good recipients; however, we have identified 3 local organizations who are very involved with the ongoing efforts related to the mudslide and affected persons. We believe these organizations will do the best job of getting the money to those most impacted by the mudslide:

    1. Darrington Family Services (covers a very broad range of services to assist those impacted by the mudslide on the Darrington side of the mudslide).
    2. Oso Mudslide Relief (administrated by the Oso Community Church, also very involved with the current recovery efforts and needs of the affected community to assist those impacted by the mudslide on the Arlington side of the mudslide).
    3. Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR). As the name says, they are VOLUNTEER and the only public money is for the helicopter team. Every team needs to raise their own money to support their search and rescue efforts. ARC started the RESCUE RUN last year for the SCVSAR Operations Support Unit and will continue to do that annually with the Arlington Airport Appreciation Day (September 20, 2014).

    ARC has also decided to give the proceeds of our Christmas Run to the Oso Mudslide relief efforts. We hope you will join us on December 6th as we continue to reach out to help those impacted by this tragedy. Details are available on our club’s website (more will come as the event draws closer).

  10. Active Registration: Creating a TEAM or joining a TEAM

    If you registered for one of our events and you want to create a TEAM and get the old Team spirit flowing, follow these steps.

    Active-TeamsParticipant Creating A Team Post-Registration

    NOTE The participant must log into My Events to create a team post-registration and have claimed their registration.

    1.  Log into My Events
    2.  Under the event registration, select Create Team
    3.  Complete the Team Information form
    4.  Click Save

    NOTE The participant can email team members and invite new members to join, using the Team Center

    NOTE If team member information needs to be edited, the participant can do this by selecting Edit next to Team Information

    NOTE Custom team form questions will not be included when post-registration teams are created or joined