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Museum of Culture and Environment

College of the Sciences

Salmon Run 5k/10k and kid's run

A fun run for the whole family! Celebrating Earth Day and our favorite anadromous fish - the salmon. 

Salmon Run logo - foot print with fish and planet inside

The course is run on and around the Central Washington University campus, beginning and ending in front of Dean Hall. The 10K course is two loops of the 5K course.


Registration for the 5k and 10k includes water on the course, refreshments after the race, and a t-shirt for those who register early.


5K - $20.00

10K - $25.00

CWU Student 5k - $15

CWU Student 10k - $20

Small Fry kid's dash - Free (day of registration only)

Registration now available! Register online or in person at the CWU Welcome Center or Wildcat Store in the SURC. Day of registration will be available, cash or check only.


Schedule of Events, 4/27/2019

9:00 a.m - Packet pick up and day of registration opens

10:00 a.m. - 5k/10k race start

11:15 a.m. - Kid's run

11:30 a.m. - Awards presentation/Raffle

REGISTRATION: Registration opens at 9:00 a.m., Saturday morning, on the east side of Dean Hall on the Central Washington University campus. Check in to pick up your bib and sign a race waiver. There will be no early packet-pick up. Day-of registration will be available at the event (Cash or Check only). 

THE COURSE: The race begins at 10:00 a.m. on the east side of Dean Hall on the Central Washington University campus. The 5k will be run around the CWU campus, and the 10k will be two laps of the 5k course. The course is mostly flat, with a gentle upward slope as you run north and a gentle downward slope as you run south. A course map and full course description is at the end of this message. Also see this gmaps-pedometer map of the course. There will be one water stop on the course, and people at major intersections to point you in the right direction. Water and fruit will be available at the finish line.

PRIZES: Yakama Nation Fisheries is once again providing prizes for the top men's and women's finishers in both races. Awards will be presented at 11:30 a.m., after the kid's Small Fry dash.

RUNNER RAFFLE: All registered runners will find a raffle ticket on their bib. Punch out the raffle ticket and drop it into the raffle box at registration for a chance to win prizes provided by local businesses! The drawing will occur at 11:30 a.m. Must be present to win.

T-SHIRTS: Everyone who registered before April 10 will find their shirt in their race bag.  We have a limited number of extra shirts! They will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  

KID'S DASH: The kid's Small Fry dash is free for children 12 and under! Children and their guardians can register beginning at 9:00 a.m. Guardians must complete a waiver before children are allowed to run.

GETTING HERE:  The race takes place on the east side of Dean Hall on the Central Washington University campus, 1200 Wildcat Way (formerly North D St.), Ellensburg, WA  98926. The location is marked on this google map.

PARKING: Parking is free on campus on Saturdays.  We recommend you park in CWU Lot O-5, across the street from Dean Hall (see this Google Map, or this map of campus parking lots). 

EARTH DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL:  For the seventh year, the Salmon Run is being held concurrently with the Earth Day Family Festival, which offers free family activities all day long, including face painting, mammoth bones, dance performances, and information and activities from many local groups.  Check out the Facebook event for more information.  There will be refreshments available for purchase from a CWU food truck.

SURVEY:  The Museum of Culture and Environment is hoping to make this event even better in the future. Please consider taking our anonymous short survey. There are seven questions and it should take five minutes or less.

QUESTIONS?: If you have any questions, please respond to this email ( or give us a call at 509-963-2313. 

A big thanks to our sponsors: D&M Coffee, Starbucks, Kittitas Reclamation District, Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, Pita Pit, The ReCycle Shop, McDonald's, Red's Fly Shop, The Wild Huckleberry, Rodeo City Rollergirls, and Yakama Nation Fisheries.


Salmon Run 5k and 10k course description:

• Meet on the lawn east of Dean Hall.
• Run south to 11th Ave (past the Science Building). Turn right (west) onto 11th Ave for about one block.
• At Wildcat Way, turn right (north). Follow the sidewalk, do not run on the road – it will cross the Town Ditch after about a block, then weave back to Wildcat Way, then it will pick up to the east of the Town Ditch on the north side of Dean Nicholson Blvd (14th Ave).
• Run north to 18th Ave. Turn right (east) onto 18th Ave.
• Run east to Alder St. Turn right (south) at Alder St.
• Run south on Alder to 11th Ave. Turn right (west) onto 11th Ave.
• Run to the end of 11th Ave. at the Student Union Recreation Center Building.
• Curve south, following the sidewalk west of the SURC parking lots.
• Run south to University Way. Turn right (west) at University Way.
• Run west to Wildcat Way. Turn right (north) on Wildcat Way.
• Continue on Wildcat Way to 14th Ave/Dean Nicholson Blvd.
• Turn right (east) on 14th Ave/Dean Nicholson Blvd.
• Run for approximately one block, to the end of the parking lot.
• Turn right (south) until you get to the Finish Line!
• 10k runners, keep going and do another lap!


Sponsorship opportunities available. Email or 509-963-2313 for more information.


As always, this event happens on the same day as the annual Earth Day Family Festival, which includes more than 20 organizations offering family friendly activities and information about sustainability and environmental awareness. 


Sponsors include: D&M Coffee, Starbucks, Kittitas Reclamation District, Pita Pit, The ReCycle Shop, McDonald's, Red's Fly Shop, The Wild Huckleberry, Rodeo City Rollergirls, and Yakama Nation Fisheries.


Proceeds support education and outreach initiatives at the Museum of Culture and Environment.


2018 Salmon Run Results

Event Type: 
Sports & Recreation

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