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September 02, 2023

'Labor of Love': Lakewood Labor Day Weekend Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Fort Steilacoom Park • 8714 87th Ave SW LakewoodWA  98498 Organized by Just Tri $25 instant refund on this event with gift card.

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2023 Lakewood 'Labor of Love'

Half Marathon

10K & 5K

1Mile Kids Fun Run/Walk

RACE DATE: Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Start Time for the Half, 10K & 5K: 8AM

Kids Run will start at ~8:45AM

Location: Fort Steilacoom Park

Join us at the Lakewood Half Marathon,10K, 5K and 1 Mile Kids Run/Walk. Let’s get back to running, walking, and spending time with your family and friends – even the furry ones! Now is the time to GET BACK to getting BACK in shape. Help us build our fabulous running community by bringing your friends and family to the Lakewood Half Marathon,10K, 5K and 1 Mile Kids Run. Don’t forget to bring your pet, too! That’s right, bring your best friend and let them enjoy the outdoor views along the gorgeous running course right here in Lakewood!


The Half Marathon winds its way out of scenic Fort Steilacoom Park towards the Oakbrook neighborhood and Oakbrook Golf Course – plenty of tree-shaded areas along the course and impressive support from the local community. 90% of the route is on good-quality pavement with very moderate rolling hills – nothing crazy. Once back inside Fort Steilacoom Park, the course continues on the Waughop Lake loop – two laps around the lake and the multi-purpose trail system.

10K & 5K RUN/WALK – Including Pets and Strollers

Both races start inside the scenic Fort Steilacoom Park. The 10K will wind its way to the neighborhood streets via traffic-controlled intersections…just like the Half. The 10K course turn around point is near Oakbrook Park, then heads back to Fort Steilacoom Park via the same route. Just one loop around Waughop Lake for the10K and 5K. Strollers and Pets are allowed on all courses, but the 5K is the ideal course to bring along your strollers and furry friends. The 5K course is completely inside Fort Steilacoom Park. Both the 10K and 5K are considerably flat and fast courses. Both courses follow the best part of Fort Steilacoom Park, running along the beautiful shores of Waughop Lake. Segments of the run will use the charming multi-use trail system. The multi-use trails in the park are easily traversable and are accessible for pets and strollers. In fact, the entire family can enjoy this alluring run, walk, or stroll around the park. The 10K, 6.2 Miles, is very similar to the ol’ time Dragon Runs. Same Dragon Vibe, but now a straight up 10K run. Stay tuned for the medal designs!


We always like to include the kids on race day! All participants – ages 10 and under - run for fun! Each child will receive a great looking Medal, desirable for children. Parents, pets, family, and friends are welcome and encouraged to complete this fun race/walk alongside the kids. Have fun with the whole family!


Water and Gatorade will be available at the aid stations set up throughout the course.


All athletes will finish through the big Just TRI Finish arch and receive the coveted Just TRI Half Marathon Finisher Medal, T-Shirt, and swag. Children 10 and under will also receive a Medal after completing the Kids Run. Shirts will be available for purchase. The Kids Run is a non-competitive event just for fun with an opportunity to reward their efforts with a medal. Parents are welcome to join in the fun run.


Wait, what? YES! Cash prizes…the Just TRI Staff has hidden 3 idols along the course, each worth $25.00 or $10.00. Why? Because we want you to win! Find the hidden idols---you win! You can only win once and each course will only have one idol. This also includes the Kids Run, which will have an idol worth $10.00. Turn the idol in at the finish area to the Race Director and receive Cash. Cold, Hard Cash! Look for clues on Just TRI’s Face Book page. We will post clues on Facebook throughout the year.


By joining our race, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to generally accepted COVID safety protocols at the time of the race. These protocols are aligned with Washington State COVID-19 Safety standards that will or will likely be in place at the time of the race. Currently, face covering is optional – please be aware of updates in the days and weeks before race.


Please be sure to review the course! The Staff will know the course, but it is up to the athlete to know all the course details! Make this your personal best by staying on course!

Athlete Day of Race Check-in will start at 6AM at Shelter 1, at FORT STEILACOOM PARK!

Day of the race check in gets crazy! We try to streamline this process as much as possible. Bib numbers for people wanting to register on the day of the race will be preassigned in our system. No additional swag will be handed out at this time – just the shirt and number.

Course maps will be posted at packet pick up and at the park on race day.

The Kids 1 mile will start at approximately 8:45, which will allow 5K participants to finish their race and be able to watch (or participate in) the Kids Run. The Kids Run is meant to be simple and just for fun. They will receive a bib number, and all finishers get a medal. There will be no finisher time for the Kids Run– the race is intended to be non-competitive. Shirts may be available for purchase.

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, Just TRI encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the event.

Just TRI events are for the most part cup less, as we TRI to be Earth friendly, but additionally due to COVID protocols and health safety standards. We will have some cups for those who do not have refillable bottles. Please bring your own container that can be refilled at our aid stations.

Results will be posted after the race, see RunLakewood.com


Awards will be presented to individual Half Marathoners, 10K and 5K – three deep. Award ribbons will be presented to age group winners, also three deep.

Age Groups: Under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & 60+.


Smile, wave, and cheer when you see a photographer – photos from our Just TRI photographer will be available for download. See RunLakewood.com after the race!


We need your support! This is easy money! Bring 10 volunteers out and Just TRI will make a $100.00 donation to your non-profit organization. There is no easier way to earn money for you group!! We do this for all our events and people LOVE IT! Want another way to make money for your non-profit…Contact the Race Director.


This will be the 4th Annual Lakewood Half Marathon and we want to make this race bigger and better!

1. Sign up a friend and get an Insulated Polar 20oz water bottle and a pocket-size Body Glide. The perfect set up for a Half Marathon, 10K/ 5K run or walk!

2. Have your friends, running partners, co-workers, sons, daughters…all your family members register at:


3. Email the Just TRI Pro Staff the message: "My friend...NAME...Just Registered" to: JustTRIswimbikerun@gmail.com

You will receive your water bottle and body glide items at the race!!!

Limited to first 20 participants!


Look for additional Details coming soon!

Thursday August 31st, 4:00-6:00

Friday, September 1st, from 4:00-6:00


Location of pick up announced in the future.


There are no refunds for this race. We certainly understand injuries occur and life happens. Therefore, you will be able to transfer your registration to another Just TRI Running event. Please Email the Race Director for this option at: JustTriDragon@gmail.com

Event Website: RunLakewood.com




Event details and schedule

2023 Lakewood 'Labor of Love'

Half Marathon

10K & 5K

1Mile Kids Fun Run/Walk

RACE DATE: Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Start Time for the Half, 10K & 5K: 8AM

Kids Run will start at ~8:45AM

Location: Fort Steilacoom Park




Fort Steilacoom Park

8714 87th Ave SW LakewoodWA  98498

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