The Pig Jig Fun Run is a long standing annual tradition of the Manson Apple Blossom Festival. The 2017 run takes place on Saturday, May 13, at 8:30 a.m. before the parade. This will mark the 16th year that North Cascades Bank has organized the race
“It used to be called the Hog Jog, and at some point that shifted to the Pig Jig, and we just went with it,” coordinator Kyla Allen explained. “About 15 years ago the organizers of the Manson Apple Blossom Festival decided that they needed help with the event, and North Cascades Bank decided to step in and take over.”
Allen went on to explain that the when North Cascades Bank took over the race, participant levels were low. “The first year we took it over we had 63 runners. It was small,” she explained. “Over the years, it has continued to grow, and last year we had 316 runners.”
All proceeds from the event are donated to the Manson Apple Blossom Scholarship fund. In 2016, the race contributed $2,000 to the cause.
“It (Manson Apple Blossom) is such a fun tradition. It’s over 100 years old. I grew up on an apple orchard in Manson, and I have fond memories of the festival over the years,” Allen said.
Participants can choose between the 2K or 5K route which both circle through downtown Manson. The 5K route also includes a scenic run along Wapato Point with views of Lake Chelan and the surrounding mountains.
“The race is designed for families which is why we always include the 2K, so toddlers can run it or those who have never participated in a race before,” Allen stated.
2017 will mark the first year organizers will implement a time chip system to more accurately record race times. There is no age limit for runner entries. Kids in strollers are FREE and do not need to be registered.
Day of registration will be available at a cost of $18, and payment can be made in cash or checks on race day. T-shirts will be available to registrants on race day, while supplies last. To register on the day of the event, participants should arrive at the race headquarters located at the Manson Chamber of Commerce offices at 145 Wapato Way no later than 7:30 a.m.
Organizers recommend parking in the North Shore Bible Church parking lot which is located near the entrance to Wapato Point. Strollers and pets are welcome. There are no water tables along the route, so it is also recommended that runners bring their own bottles. Free bottled water will be available at the end of the race, while supplies last.
(By Jillian Foster)