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Chili Chase


ValentineHeart-ChiliFebruary 13, 2016
5k and Kid's Dash start at 8 am
  • 5k
    $20 through Feb. 7
    $25 Feb. 8-11
    $30 Day of Race
  • Kid's Dash
    $10 through Feb. 7
    $15 Feb. 8-11
    $20 Day of race

Spice Up Your Valentine's Day!

Join us for a chip-timed 5K run followed by chili with all the toppings!

The 5k race is chip-timed on a cross-country style course on various surfaces. The run/walk winds around STAR Center and neighboring Boys & Girls Club. Runners waiting for the races to begin are welcome to stay warm inside STAR Center.

chili“You can’t beat chili. It’s a great breakfast food,” said Metro Parks’ Chef Ron. He and a team of volunteers start cooking gallons of chili the day before to make sure there’s plenty on hand.

Chef Ron said he’s not using a secret recipe, but he promises his offerings will satisfy. He serves two versions, vegetarian and regular, with a southwest flavor thick with vegetables and burnished with herbs and spices.

chili-beanieFor those who like their chili extra hot, he’s planning to set out several kinds of salsa, including sriracha and Papatio. There’ll be no shortage of amendments, including cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream, crackers and tortilla chips.

  • 5k entry fee includes a Chili Chase beanie.
  • Kid's Dash participants receive a ribbon upon finishing! (Kid's Dash is not timed)
  • Dogs are welcome on short leashes.
  • Strollers O.K. - be advised you may encounter a few bumps along the way

Read the press release


STAR Center
3873 S. 66th St.,
Tacoma, WA  98409
(253) 404-3939

Check-in begins: 6:30 am

5k begins: 8 am
Kids Dash begins: 8 am
Results & Photos
Results will be posted within 48 hours of the finish.

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