Chris Mang Memorial Charity Fun Run & Walk

The Chris Mang Memorial Charity Fun Run & Walk

The Mang/Glesne family and the Skagit Valley Family YMCA are excited to announce the Chris Mang Memorial Charity Fun Run & Walk taking place on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The celebratory fun run and walk is open to people of all ages and abilities.

About The Course

The course starts on the westside of the softball fields near the large shelter. Runners start near the shelter and follow the short trail to the main trail that loops around the soccer and ball fields. The 5K course has three 1-mile counterclockwise loops, around the complex, with a moderate uphill and downhill sections on each loop. The remainder of the course varies from flat to gentle uphill or downhill grades. Following the third loop, runners will turn left back to the Start/Finish area. The 1 mile run/walkers will follow the 5k course but returning to the finish after only 1 loop the first part of the 5K course, including the out and back, circling the south playfields before returning to the start finish. There is only one road where traffic enters the park. There will be a crossing guard at this location, however, all participants should be aware of traffic entering the park as they approach this crossing.
All turns will be marked and or signed. There will be an aid station at approximately the half way point of each loop. This is not a USATF certified course, but it is at least the advertised distance.

About Chris Mang

Chris Mang, who passed away in 2018, was a longtime participant in the Skagit County Special Olympics program and was a positive force for good in the Skagit community. Known for his big personality, Chris was driven by a love for the many people in his life and had a passion for helping others – he was a friend to everyone he met. He loved music and movie trivia and enjoyed karaoke with friends. As Chris often said himself, he was a “Renaissance Man:” full of life, complexity, and a great sense of humor. 

The Chris Mang Memorial Fund was established to honor Chris’ life and legacy. The fund provides financial assistance to programs and services designed to enrich the lives of underserved youth and families as well as those with special needs in Skagit Valley. So far, the fund has supported:

  • Skagit County Special Olympics (rentals, gear, end-of-season celebrations)
  • The Oasis Teen Shelter (an emergency shelter for teens facing housing insecurity)
  • The Sedro-Woolley Rec Center (a youth drop-in center run by the YMCA)
  • Collecting warm weather clothing for local youth
  • Youth scholarships and financial assistance for YMCA programs
  • Providing holiday meals and gifts to youth at Oasis

Chris’ legacy is seen in each corner of the community through the many people who experienced his kind, larger-than-life personality. The Skagit Y is honored to empower the mind, body and spirit of all in his name.