Aerospace machinists plan charity go-kart race

KENT — Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F will hold its fourth annual Guide Dogs Karting Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 10, at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways.

crowdedThe event will be from 2 to 6 p.m., and will feature teams of drivers racing for two hours around the PGP track, which is at 31001 144th Ave. SE in Kent. Prizes will go to the teams that complete the most overall laps in the time allowed.

The cost is $400 per team, and each team can have up to four drivers. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registration forms are available at all IAM 751 union halls in Puget Sound, including the Auburn Union Hall at 201 A St. SW.

Last year’s Karting Challenge raised more than $12,000.

All proceeds are going to Guide Dogs of America, the California-based charity that provides service dogs and training in their use to people who are blind or have impaired vision from across the United States and Canada.

Local 751-F is affiliated with Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which is the No. 1 fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. Over the past seven years, the union has raised more than $2 million for the charity.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 33,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.

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