You Matter Movement 5K & Half Marathon Run/Walk

1 Mile, 5K, Other

Event Date

Sun, Jun 3, 2018


Lakewood, WA


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You Matter Movement Half Marathon

$60 $60 Register

You Matter Movement 5K

$35 $35 Register

VIRTUAL- You Matter Movement Half Marathon

$50 $50 Register

VIRTUAL- You Matter Movement 5K

$25 $25 Register

About This Activity

THE MOVEMENT.  2nd Annual Event 

Come join Jamicka Edwards, Army veteran, motivational speaker and author of “You Matter” as we create a MOVEMENT in the Washington State community of Steilacoom/Lakewood and across the world!

Meet us at the Fort Steilacoom Park for the 2ND  Annual YOU MATTER MOVEMENT on Sunday, June 3rd from 7:30 am-12:30 pm.

There will be FREE activities and events for the kids! They can enjoy a 1K Kids Dash, and Bounce Houses the little ones. We will also have a LIVE DJ and FREE massages after the race sponsored by MVP Physical Therapy.

7:30 am- Warm up

8:00 am- Opening Ceremony

8:30 am - Event begins (Meet near the playground) 5K & Half Marathon will start at the same time.

10:30 am- Kids Dash 1K (Across the Soccer Field)

12:30 pm- Activities conclude -  Official Timing on the course will end at this time.


Run, walk, or stroll around the beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park  in Lakewood & around the Town of Steilacoom or register to join us virtually and have your bib and medal shipped to you.

The route includes a fun and scenic course around Waughop Lake. Enjoy this event with your family or pets (on leashes) or find a friend and encourage each other along the way!

We will walk/run rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.


2018 You Matter Movement is including a Half Marathon as well as a 5K.  You must be registered for either distance to receive a T-Shirt, Medal, and Bib.

Registration Fee:  5K  $25.00 plus $2.50 registration fee per individual

Registration Fee: Half Marathon $50.00 plus $2.50 registration fee per individual

Price will increase on February 1, 2018:  5K $30.00 + $2.50 registration fee & Half Marathon $55.00 + $2.50 registration fee

Price will increase on May 14, 2018: 5K- $35.00 & Half Marathon $60.00 -   SAME DAY registration will be LIMITED. You may register online or during packet pick up on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites- in DuPont, WA.  T-Shirts sizes are guaranteed to those who register by May 24, 2018.

Team Registration Discount: Groups of 4 or more members will receive a group discount. Create your group name and share with your friends to register and receive the discount.

Kids Dash 1K: Free - Each Kid Ages 1-10 that participates will receive bib, medal, and swag bag (for all participants LIVE or VIRTUAL) ***No need to register.***

 Registration & Packet Pick Up will be on Saturday, June 2, 2018 and at Fort Steilacoom Park on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

  • June 2nd from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm at the Host Hotel- Fairfield Inn & Suites 1515 Wilmington Drive DuPont,WA  98327
  • June 3rd from 6:30 am - and will PROMPTLY close at 7:30 am  at the event at Fort Steilacoom Park

If you don’t live in the Washington area or you already have other plans on this day, no problem!

You can still participate…virtually. You can complete your 5k or Half Marathon at any date, time, and location.

Sign up for the VIRTUAL race and you will receive your bib a week before the actual event date, if you register by Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Registrations after this date, will be shipped a week after June 3rd.

Be sure to post pictures of yourself or your group and use hashtag #YouMatterMovement  #YouMatter on all social media.


Due to event costs invested prior to the race (including but not limited to advertising, bibs, pins, prizes, facility rentals, and insurance), entry fees will not be refunded.

You may transfer your bib to a family member or friend, if you are unable to participate in the live event. Please contact us by email with your name and the name of the person that will be receiving the transferred bib.


The Fairfield Inn & Suites is a new hotel that opened in DuPont, WA in 2017.

Click on the link below to book your room or for more details. 

Host Hotel- Fairfield Inn & Suites DuPont, WA

If you are traveling from SeaTac Airport- the Airport Code is:  SEA  You take the Express Bus to the Lakewood Town Center for $3.50 one way and take an Uber to the hotel in Dupont for $15.00


Giving back to the Pierce County Community by way of Scholarships.

A portion of the proceeds for this event will benefit:  You Matter - Scholarship  ($500) to be given to (2) high school students from Steilacoom High School Senior. The student will have to be a graduating Senior and already accepted to a college to start in the fall. Students will apply by writing an essay on why you should be in your hear that You Matter.  The recipient or a family representative will be present at the You Matter Movement to accept the check and be recognized.  2018 will be the first year of this Scholarship.

Washington Alliance of Black School Educators- WASBE You Matter Scholarship- $500

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc- Zeta Phi Sigma Tacoma Chapter- Rhoer Scholarship Fund- $500

Operation You Matter Movement Holidays- Giving 5 families in the Steilacoom Community Christmas Wishes

  1. To inspire a community of people to recognize that they have purpose
  2. To bring a community together to walk/run in harmony encouraging one another along the way.
  3. To help everyone realize that YOU MATTER to more people than you'll ever know and that a smile, encouraging word, and a high five can go a long way.

We want to spread the message… “You are Essential. You are Important. You are Unique.  And YOU MATTER!”


There will be raffles and prizes donated from our wonderful sponsors!

Prizes will be awarded for :

Best-dressed individual,  Best-dressed group Family, and Best-dressed Run Team

Top 3 Male Adults & Top 3 Female Adults will receive recognition in the 5K & Half Marathon Division

Top 3 Boys & Top 3 Girls will receive recognition in the 5k & Half Marathon Division


My passion for running started when I began training the last week of December in 2015 to run my very first Half Marathon in San Diego, CA in 2016. I followed a training schedule for 11 weeks and completed it Sunday, March 13, 2016. I was nervous and excited, but my initial plan was to check off the box that I did it.  Once I completed that goal,  I couldn't stop thinking about when I'd do the next one. I'm already signed up for 8 Half Marathons in 2017 and have completed 3 of the 8 as of May 8, 2017 which makes a total of 8 Half Marathons overall thus far.

Through running I'm challenged to show the three sons I gave birth to what achieving your goals, and never giving up looks like. It has also been about healing from the inside out from a divorce and weight gain due to stress following the divorce. I have set mini goals and crushed every single one! I've met some amazing people throughout the journey and some that have become very close friends.

In 2017, I entered and was selected in the lottery for the Bank of American Marathon in Chicago and I'm excited to say that I started and finished my very first Marathon on Sunday, October 8, 2017. This journey has been more than running for me. I have completed 26 organized race events has ranging from distances of 5k's, 10k's, 12k's, 15k's, 10 miles, and Half Marathon's and to date, 1 Marathon. I am not planning to stop anytime soon, I'm JUST getting warmed up. There are more Marathon's in my future and I look forward to continuing to make new friends on the pavement and off the pavement making sure every I encounter knows how much they matter!

I look forward to seeing where this running journey takes me and representing as a Half Fanatic and looking forward to the goal of being a Marathon Maniac/Double Agent! Here's to more miles on the pavement and fun times across the world! I was NOT a fan of running when I was in the Army, but now as a Veteran I can't imagine my life without running. I couldn't be more honored to host my very first event as a Race Director. When you put your Faith at work, ANYTHING is possible. Phil 4:13

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or sponsorship opportunities.

Jamicka Edwards Race Director 

More Sponsors & Details will be added as the Race gets closer.

All registered & paid participants will receive a Race T-Shirt & Finishers Medal


Spread the Word! We hope to see you in 2018!

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