‘Echo Glen Escapee 10K Fun Run’ Planned For Spring

A Snoqualmie man has plans in the works for an Echo Glen Escapee 10K Fun Run this spring.  “Dozens of youths have escaped from Echo Glen over the last decade, so we are hoping to open it up and allow the community to participate themselves in this frequent activity -- runners, joggers, and even walkers will enjoy the forest and serene natural beauty of the grounds that surround the facility,” said James Clappwater, who is planning the event.

The 10K route will include paved roads, dirt roads, and forest trails.  Clappwater is also considering having part of the run include a path alongside the Icy Creek, a popular escape route, “often during escapes, they follow the creek down to the Raging River, creating angst and concern with Preston residents.  We feel it is an important part of the experience.”

Clappwater said he expects for event registration to open within a few weeks, and is “still determining the exact day of the race.”  Race packets, including timing chip-integrated bib, will be distributed the morning of the event.  There will be two aid stations, at the start/finish and approximately half way around the loop.  Post-race highlights will include live music by Clappwater’s very own experimental funk/reggae band.  He also hopes to have his homemade kombucha on tap for the event. 

“We’re hoping it will become an annual event,” said Clappwater, who plans for some of the amount raised from the race to help fund the replacement of a broken gate at the main entrance, which has remained unobstructed for months.

Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie is a medium/maximum security facility that is not fenced (or gated), but bordered by natural wetlands.  Twenty-three youths have escaped from the rehabilitation center since 2012, with at least one escape every year.