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Thank you sponsors, volunteers and participants for your support this year!

2015 results are up!

2015 photos available here on Thurs, 6/4

Welcome to the official home of the 2015 Big Backyard 5k presented by Group Health. All proceeds benefit King County Parks. Registration is now officially open. Read all about the event below, then join us on May 31st at King County’s AMAZING Marymoor Park.

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What is it?
The Course
Kid’s Dash
Comfy T-shirts
Harborstone Hoody
Referral Program – BBY5k Mugs
Registration and Pricing
Packet Pick-Up
Results and Photos
Prizes and Awards
Directions and Parking
In-Depth FAQ

Get the best run for your money!

The BBY5k is a dog and stroller friendly 5k run/walk event benefiting King County Parks.  Join 1500 of your closest friends for a stroll around King County’s Marymoor Park.  Stick around after the run for another epic Kid’s Dash, refreshing drinks, tasty foods and awards.  The course is flat, chip-timed and perfect for a PR.  Back by popular demand… our $100 course record bonus is up for grabs!

So YOU get a t-shirt, refreshments, chip-timing, entertainment, possibly awards AND the SATISFACTION of supporting King County Parks.  That’s bang for your buck, my friend.

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The Course

King County’s Marymoor Park

See course map below. The course is subject to change this year; we’ll confirm final course layout before race day.
bby course 2015

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Kid’s Dash

Probably the most entertaining race you’ll ever see – it’s the BBY Kid’s Dash!  Chase Bert the Salmon for about 400 meters and cross the finish line for a fun prize.  As always, the Kid’s Dash is 100% FREE w/ a paid parent entry.  Please indicate Kid’s Dash participant where appropriate in registration form.

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T-Shirts you’ll love!

All who register by May 30th will get a super comfy, high quality tri-blend t-shirt.  This year the shirts are a distressed blue and don our new logo.  Check out the mock-ups below – these are still subject to change unless otherwise indicated.  These are the same shirts as last year and fit on the tight side.  Please review the size chart before selecting your size on the registration form.

Shirts will be picked up with race packets.  See details below about packet pick-up.

– Women’s Size Chart

– Men’s Size Chart

bby mens shirtbby womens shirt

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$5 Harborstone Hoody (Now with zipper!)

The deadline to get your 2015 Harborstone Hoody has now passed. If you are one of the lucky 600 people that took advantage of this deal, CONGRATS!

Hoodies will be available for pick-up on Saturday, March 21st at Super Jock N Jill’s Redmond location.  Hoods not picked up by end of March will be distributed with race packets at the race.

Read more hoody pick-up instructions on our FAQ page here.

bby hoody

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Referral Program – get a FREE BBY5k Mug!

Refer a friend, family member, co-worker to our 2015 event and you can get a FREE mug! Have them include your name as the person referring them in their registration form (there is a box for this). They must spell your name EXACTLY as you indicated in your registration. Check your registration confirmation email closely for the appropriate name to share with your referral to ensure you get your mug. You will also receive a custom promo code to share with your referral that will save them $2 off their registration.

Mugs will be white with green trim and our new 2015 BBY5k logo. A mock-up will be featured here soon. The mug style, colors and logo are all subject to change.

Fine print:

• One mug per participant.
• Person being referred must use referrer’s name exactly as indicated in referrer’s registration.
• Person being referred must have promo code to save $2.
• Person being referred will not receive a mug – only the person doing the actual referral.
• Only registrations received between 2/2 and 5/8 are eligible for the referral bonus.

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Our Sponsors

Email us if interested in learning more about the perks of BBY5k sponsorship. You can check out our event overview here.

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Registration and Pricing

You can either register online or via this mail-in form (do not send cash). We highly recommend signing up online – the transaction is 100% secure and only takes a few minutes per person.

We’ll run a variety of promotions throughout the year. Your best bet for a deal is to sign up early. Like last year, we welcome you to tell us why you deserve a better deal. You can also get a better deal by taking advantage of early bird pricing:

    – $25 earliest bird price – Thru Feb 28th
    – $30 early bird price – Thru Apr 15th
    – $35 middle bird price – Thru May 15th
    – $40 full price – Thru May 31st

If you wish to pay by check, mail your entry instead.

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Packet Pick-Up

We’ll host a packet pick-up event at Marymoor Park the day before the race. It is highly encouraged that you pick up your shirt, bib and timing chip before the race to avoid crowds.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Location: Marymoor Park Art Barn (Near Clise Mansion) – Signs will direct you to parking

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Results and Photos

2015 marks the 6th time we’ve held the BBY5k. Below are links to previous year results:

2015 Results
2014 Results
2013 Results
2012 Results

Click here to view photos.

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Send us an email to be added to our volunteer list. Include your name, age and general availability (Saturday AM, Sunday AM, Both, etc). Volunteers get a free shirt, food, drinks, fun and fresh air! We also have $5 Starbucks coffee gift cards for all volunteers. Check out our FAQs for more information about volunteering.

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Race Day Schedule

7:00AM: Registration Opens @ Marymoor Velodrome Area
9:00AM: Race starts
9:45AM: Kid’s Dash starts
10:00AM: Awards ceremony

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Prizes and Awards

Awards will begin around 10am the day of the race. We’ll announce winners from the main stage. Prize value amounts are still TBD, but likely we’ll give away the following for both the top men and top women:

3rd – $25 certificate or gift card
2nd -$50 certificate or gift card
1st – $100 certificate or gift card

We observe the USATF age increments of 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ for both men and women. We’ll provide cookie medals for the top 3 men and women in each age group. Also, he top 5 finishers on the top placing team in the team competition will receive $25 gift cards.

The top overall male and female finishers are eligible for our course record bonus. The prize is $100 each. The current course records are listed below:

Shaun Frandsen – 15:32
Wanwen Qi – 19:36

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Directions and Parking

You can find directions to Marymoor Park here. Once you are in the park, directions will point you to free parking for race participants. The parking lot will be near the velodrome and rock-climbing wall.

Parking for the packet pick-up event will be near the park office and Clise Mansion. Again, signs will direct you to parking.

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Refund Policy

Due to the upfront nature of event costs, we have a uniform policy of no refunds, transfers or deferrals to a future year. We know that plans change and unexpected things come up, but we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of an arbitrary line of who merits a refund and who doesn’t. Thank you for your understanding.

Consider it a donation to King County Parks if you can’t attend (and thank you!).

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