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Pitter Patter 5K is fun for the whole family — and a benefit to help premature babies


Have fun, be active and help the tiniest babies by participating in the Hudson David McNeel Foundation's annual fundraiser, the Pitter Patter 5K on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Seattle's Seward Park.


Participants are invited to walk, run, skip, skate, stroll or scoot along a scenic, paved pathway overlooking Lake Washington.


The event is not timed — the emphasis is on fun and awareness!

For example:

  • Children under 5 will receive free admission.
  • Face painting and balloon artist for the kids
  • Leashed dogs allowed if fully vaccinated and well behaved
  • The fun goes on, rain or shine!

The fee to participate is $40 and people can register at Brown Paper Tickets. 

Proceeds will benefit the most critical preterm babies being cared for in the University of Washington Medical Center's level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which serves families in a five-state region.


On the day of the event, check-in begins at 9:30. (People are advised to allow plenty of time to find parking and get settled.) The race itself starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by "finish line fun" beginning at around 11:15 — depending on how fast folks are! The whole thing wraps up at noon. Organizers point out that the event conveniently concludes near the playground area, so families might want to linger. Of course, Seward Park also has hiking trails, beach access, picnic areas, an art center, an Audubon center and other amenities. You could stay all day!


The Hudson David McNeel Foundation honors the young boy of the same name, who was born prematurely at 25 weeks and was cared for in the NICU at UW Medicine. Against very long odds, Hudson lived only for two weeks. His parents, Heather and Warren, share extensively about his brief life on their foundation website. They are effusive in their praise for the care he received at UW Medicine, and they have dedicated themselves to helping other babies and families, in his honor.

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