New route planned for 2015 Flight for Sight charity run

EVERETT — Runners in this year’s Flight for Sight fun run and walk will have a new course to challenge them.

DogJog1a“The construction at Boeing’s Everett site means that we’ve had to come up with a new route,” said Grace Holland, who is chairwoman of the Women’s Committee at Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which sponsors the race.

The 14th annual Flight for Sight will be June 6 at District 751’s Everett Union Hall, 8726 Airport Road. Registration will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on that Saturday. Chip-timed racing on 5K and 10K courses will start at 9:30 a.m. A non-competitive 1-mile walk will start at 9:45 a.m.

This year’s races will depart from the union hall, cross cross over onto Boeing Co. property and then head along Paine Field before returning to the union hall. The courses will be certified by USA Track & Field.

“We think runners will like the new courses,” Holland said. “It isn’t every day that you get to run past an airport.”

Registration, which includes a t-shirt, costs $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the race. Registration forms are available online at www.FlightForSight.com. Additional information is available at all IAM 751 union halls in Puget Sound.

Last year’s race attracted more than 140 runners and raised more than $14,000 for Guide Dogs of America, the California-based charity that provides service dogs and training in their use free of charge to people who are blind or have impaired vision from across the United States and Canada.

DogJog1Since its inception, the Flight for Sight has raised approximately $147,000 for the charity.

District 751 is Guide Dogs of America’s No. 1 fundraiser across North America. Over the past six years, the union has raised almost $1.8 million for the charity.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

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