Run Snoqualmie owner and Mount Si Cross Country/Distance Track coach, Sean Sundwall, announced last week that the 9th annual running of the Snoqualmie Railroad Days had been cancelled and is not expected to return in 2017.
The 5K and 10K run was a Saturday morning staple of the annual three-day Railroad Days community festival celebrating the spirit of the small town of Snoqualmie, typically drawing about 500 runners to historic downtown core before the start of the RR Days Parade.
Sundwall commented that after eight “awesome” years, “the event is no longer economically viable.” He explained, “Making this decision extra difficult was the fact that the Railroad Days race is what brought organized, local running events back to the Valley.”
But don’t fret runners, Run Snoqualmie is alive and well – and committed to the other popular Snoqualmie Valley races it hosts. As each of these four races operates independent of any other entity, it is much easier for the organization to host a high-quality, cost-effective events that still allow Sundwall to donate money to local youth organizations.
Although the Railroad Days Run appears to be a thing of the past, Sundwall said he is working on a replacement race slated for mid summer 2017 – and hinted it will be a “one-of-a-kind” event.
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