The warm weather has finally returned! Around the region, amazing people have organized fun events to help you get active in the great outdoors. Lewis County fun run season is kicking off in full gear with events on city streets, trails and throughout scenic areas.

Whether you walk, run or race, these events will get you out and active, reconnecting with the community and having a blast. Here are some of our favorites. Whether you want to run a few miles or 40 in one go, we have you covered.

Millersylvania Trail Race

Whether you pick the shorter races or run the whole 50k, the Millersylvania run is fun for all! Photo credit: Douglas Scott.

Just north of Lewis, up in the wilds of Thurston County, the perfect trail race course is waiting for your feet. Known as the Millersylvania 10K/30K/50K, this race is a perfect introduction to trail running, a fun day out for runners of all abilities and a great first 50k. The race, which was created as a fundraiser for overnight shelters in the region, roams around the fantastic forests of Millersylvania State Park. This area is great in any weather with minimal elevation gain and miles of scenic trails, including sections next to beautiful Deep Lake and through old growth forests. Taking place on June 16, the race will reward you with stunning scenery, a post-race party and a chance to buy a limited edition commemorative t-shirt.

Leap the Levee

Running on the airport levee trail is always enjoyable. Photo courtesy: City of Chehalis.

On June 16, the city of Chehalis will host the 3rd annual Leap the Levee 5k. Running along the airport levee trail, this fun 5k race also supports a great cause. Sponsored by the City of Chehalis and the Centralia-Chehalis Airport, proceeds from this short, sweet run go to the Discover! Children’s Museum. For just $20, you can run the race and get a t-shirt, making this quite the deal! Starting at 9:00 a.m., the 5k route works its way around the airport on crushed gravel, circumnavigating the runway on the 3.1 mile course.

Egg Day Race

On June 16, enjoy a five-mile 8K run throughout the town of Winlock. Pre-registration will be from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. and the race will start at 8:15 a.m. at Grinders Espresso in Winlock. The run costs $20. For more information and to inquire about obtaining a t-shirt, call 360-324-9545. All proceeds go to Toledo Winlock youth wrestling

Lake Fair

One of the most classic runs in the Pacific Northwest takes place on July 14 in Olympia. Known as the Lake Fair Races, you’ll have an option to run a marathon, half marathon, 8k or a 3k around the Washington State Capitol. This race is full of history, as the marathon course retraces the steps of the 1984 women’s Olympic Trials Marathon route. The routes for all races are scenic and fun, showing off views of the city, as well as the southern end of the Puget Sound. Once you have completed the run, stay downtown for the city’s Lake Fair celebration, full of rides, food, music and fireworks!

Blueberry 5k/8k

Do not miss this awesome spot during the run at Mossyrock! Photo courtesy: Mossyrockfestivals.

Another fantastic trail race is waiting for you during Mossyrock’s annual Blueberry Festival. On August 4, the festival will include a 5k and 8k trail race, both starting at 9:00 a.m. Crossing Riffe Dam – the highest dam in the state of Washington – you’ll take in views taller than the Space Needle. This is a fun run that will have you returning year after year. The run also supports a good cause, helping to raise money for the Mossyrock Track and Cross Country teams. At the end of the race, you’ll receive some free blueberries, energizing you after your run. Stay in town for the parade, which starts at 11:00 a.m.

Bigfoot 40 Mile

Sure, the race around Saint Helens is long, but those views are amazing! Photo credit: Douglas Scott.

Runners looking for a serious challenge need look no further than the Bigfoot 40 Mile race in Cougar. Starting at the Marble Mountain Sno Park, the route circumnavigates Mount Saint Helens, giving unrivaled views of our most famous volcano. With lava fields, creek crossings, old growth forests and 100 percent single track trails, this is one of the best mountain running courses in the Pacific Northwest. There are no shorter distances than 40 miles, so this race is for those looking to push themselves and see some of the best wilderness regions around. The race takes place August 10 at 8:00 a.m.

Morton’s Loggers’ Jubilee Run

One of Lewis County’s can’t-miss fun runs takes place during the 76th Annual Morton Loggers’ Jubilee. On Saturday, August 11 choose from two runs: a 10k or a two-mile fun run perfect for kids and those looking for something short and simple. The 10k, which is 6.2 miles long, is a classic run weaving through the gorgeous Morton Valley and ending with a downhill section. What makes this race so great, aside from the course and the region’s history, is that it kicks off an incredible day in Morton. After the run, stay in town for the Logger’s Breakfast and enjoy the parade. Make Morton’s Loggers’ Jubilee part of your 2018 plans!

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