For the fifth year, the Valley of the Trolls is being held at Troll Haven Bandy Farms in Gardiner, and this year they’re going looking for pirate treasure in their Saturday, Aug. 17 race.
Each year has a different theme — 2018’s race had a Hawaiian theme, and some of the costumes from that were very creative. Organizers are hoping that this year will be even more fun on that front.
Registration is open now. For the half-marathon, registration costs $55, while those wanting to participate in the 10K run and walk event will pay $40, and $35 for the 5K run and walk.
Registration is currently open online and and can be found at tinyurl.com/2019TrollRun.
The registration fee includes an event t-shirt and commemorative medal for the race.
The unique location for the event at Troll Haven makes for some unique scenery, with a combination of the carefully-tended grounds and the delightful thematic statues, carvings and other artisitic touches that give the farm its name. Runners can also enjoy gorgeous views of Discovery Bay.
Some proceeds of the event will be going to the Chimacum High School football team as they seek sponsorships and new equipment.
Organizer Jane Storm noted that other local sports teams can contact her or the Friends of Sports and Rec Facebook group to inquire about potential donations for their teams.
Commemorative awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners in the half marathon, as well as age groups (12 and younger, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+).
Last year, the race was delayed until October because of smoke in the area from the Canadian wildfires last summer.
This year, the Valley of the Trolls race is being held in honor of Skip Storm, the husband of organizer Jane Storm who passed away in July after a long illness.
For more information on the Valley of the Trolls, contact Storm at email@example.com or 360-385-2291.