Photo by Michael Brunk / And they’re off! Photo by Michael Brunk /[/caption] Burien Brat Trot organizers announced Wednesday (Oc. 5) that thanks to sponsor support and community participation, last weekend’s fundraiser raised nearly $65,000 to help students in Highline Public Schools get the resources they need to be successful! Highlights

  • 1,200 runners
  • Top Male Finisher: Kelly MacKay (17:08)
  • Top Female Finisher: Carmen Storer (19:55)
  • Fastest Team and Team Registration contests were both won by Freedom Fitness this year!
  • The school registration drive contests were won by:
    • 1st Place, Seahurst Elementary
    • 2nd Place, Hazel Valley Elementary
    • 3rd Place, Marvista Elementary and Mount View Elementary
  • Winner of the Alaska Airlines raffle for two tickets anywhere Alaska Flies: Baba Lu
  • Winner of the “Beat Bret” raffle drawing: Michael Higgins (25:06)
  • Winning team in the Brat Trot Team Pub Crawl raffle: Team “Wiener Takes It All”
  • Winner of #thewanderingbrat contest: Christina Ladan
After the race, many stayed for the Bavarian Fest, a festive street party which continues to grow each year! Everyone enjoyed the good weather, main stage entertainment provided by The True Romans and many found their way to the Highline Schools Foundation Charity Beer Garden where volunteers were pouring beer graciously donated by Georgetown Brewing. The kids’ area was also popular with a bouncy house, face painting, pumpkin painting, a chalk garden and root beer garden courtesy of HMS Host. New this year, The Rave Foundation – the official charitable arm of Sounders FC – brought their newly-created Soccer Octagon to Brat Trot! The Soccer Octagon is a one of a kind, transferable, modular, pop-up cage-like playfield that allows soccer to be taken to any part of the city. The kids were invited to play soccer with Seattle Sounders FC Roger Levesque. “We are very proud to be able to produce this major event for our community. It’s about raising funds for charity, but it’s also about bringing us all together for a day of celebration! Nobody does it like Highline!” said Highline Schools Foundation Trustee and race course lead Mike Yellam. Foundation Executive Director Ashley Fosberg said “with the funds raised from Brat Trot, we can do our job of getting more kids what they need to be successful in school. From school supplies for our neediest of students, to classroom grants and athletic fees, the Foundation does it all and everything in between, and we can’t do it without community support. Thank you, Highline community!” Quotes:
“We can’t thank everyone enough for an amazing Brat Trot last Sunday. Even the sun showed up for us! We’ll be back next year – Sunday, October 1, 2017!” ~ Ashley Fosberg, Race Director “We are so proud to have been part of this event from the start!” ~ Lake Burien Physical Therapy “It was an honor supporting the Highline School District, and great seeing our Burien friends!” ~ Sunrise Financial “Our Town Square Dentistry family had such a great time participating in the Brat Trot this year! We are happy to contribute to a wonderful cause to build our community!” ~ Town Square Dentistry “The event was so fun and it takes a ton of work to pull something like that off. Small business owners like Dan House working so hard for their community make Burien really special. We had a blast!!!” – Collins Chiropractic “As a founding Media Sponsor since the very beginning, everyone at The B-Town Blog and South King Media is proud to be a part of such a wonderful, positive grassroots fundraising event!” – The B-Town Blog/South King Media
Thank you Sponsors “We are very proud of our sponsors and their commitment to us, our students, and our teachers! Please be sure to support our sponsors, they support us!” ~ Ashley Fosberg, Race Director The Brat Trot is anchored by Tin Room Bar & Theater, with major support from lead sponsors Alaska Airlines, CHI Franciscan Health and HMSHost. Other sponsors include:
  • The B-Town (Burien) Blog
  • Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • CMIT Solutions
  • Compass General Construction
  • Dan the Sausageman
  • Discover Burien
  • Emerald City Smoothie – Burien
  • Georgetown Brewing
  • Karuna Arts Yoga
  • Kenner Dental Group
  • Lake Burien Physical Therapy Burien
  • Lamar Advertising of Seattle
  • Merrill Gardens at Burien
  • Peralta Orthodontics
  • Recology CleanScapes
  • Renascent CrossFit
  • Sunrise Financial Services
  • Town Square Dentistry
  • South Gate Masonic Hall
  • West Seattle Macaroni Kid
  • Windermere South Inc./Burien
For more info: Save the date for next year’s Burien Brat Trot—October 1, 2017! Here are more photos from the event:
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Start of the Kid’s Race. Photo by Michael Brunk /
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2016 Brat Trot Race Shirts – “Bret the Brat for President!” Photo by Michael Brunk /
Kelly MacKay & Carmen Storer pictured with Dan House, The Tin Room and Ashley Fosberg, Highline Schools Foundation.
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Thanks to flag designer TFG, Inc. and to South Gate Masonic Hall for flying the new flag on race day. Photo by Michael Brunk /
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Volunteers staffed the packet pick up and late registration booth on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to South Gate Masonic Hall for use of their lawn. Photo by Michael Brunk /
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Everyone who crossed the finish line before Bret was automatically entered in a drawing to win two free tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies! Congratulations to Michael Higgins! Photo by Michael Brunk /
Highline Schools Foundation Charity Beer Garden was full all day!
The kids were invited to play soccer with Seattle Sounders FC Roger Levesque in the Soccer Octagon courtesy of The RAVE Foundation.
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Students from Highline High School and Mount Rainier High School came early and after to help set up/tear down the Bavarian Village. HHS: Key Club, Football Team, Track Team, Cheer Team and Leadership; MRHS: Key Club. Photo by Michael Brunk /

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5 replies on “Burien Brat Trot raises nearly $65,000 to help Highline Public Schools students”

  1. I’m just wondering why Highline School District needs to have fund raisers for them when my property taxes are so high to support the District. And while I’m on this rant why is it that 1st Ave So needs to be “fixed” so much (look on your utility bills it’s listed on them) and they fix only in front of the Fred Meyer area and can’t make as far north to repair on 1st and 138th St?!

    1. Thanks to all our concerned citizens who support better schools for our students.
      Firstly, Highline Schools Foundation is a non profit that raises funds to supplement the inadequate state public school funding (McCleary vs. State of Washington). Next, our property tax rates on homes for schools in HSD 401 are unnecessarily high due to the largest property owner being exempt from school taxes (Port of Seattle / SeaTac Airport). Hopefully we can elect state representatives who can find a way to meet their responsibility under the state Constitution to honor Article IX …” It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders…”
      The fact we have organizations such as HSF raising funds for education is an indictment of both our legislators and those who keep returning them to the State government.

  2. Douglas, thank you for straightening my uninformed information so kindly and not like Scott who had to rub my nose in it like a bad puppy!

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