Location: Lakewood, WA US 98498 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Virtual Race
Fort Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Ave SW
Lakewood, WA US 98498

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 1st Annual YOU MATTER MOVEMENT on Sunday, June 4th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

There will be FREE activities and events for the kids! They can enjoy a Kids Dash and bounce houses. A special project will be created in honor of Savannah Lingenfelter. Kids are encouraged to wear orange to support #TeamSavannah.

8:00 am- Warm up with C.T.Y. Fitness with Mixxed Fit (dancing) in the style similar to Zumba®

9:00 am- Event begins (Meet near the playground)

10:30 am- Kids Dash

12:00 pm- Activities conclude



Run, walk, or stroll around the beautiful Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington 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.



Registration Fee: $25.00 for individuals

Team Registration Discount: Groups of 5 or more members will receive a $5.00 discount. Once the group total reaches 5, the discount will be applied. Be sure to sign up under your group/team name or create one during the initial registration process. 

FREE: Children Ages 0-11

Registration fee includes bib, medal, and swag bag (for all participants LIVE or VIRTUAL)

 Registration is available:

  • June 3rd from 2 pm - 6 pm at Topside Coffee Cabin located at 215 Wilkes Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388)
  • June 4th from 7 am - 8 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 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 May 24, 2017. Registrations after this date, will be shipped a week after June 4th.

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 the organizer, Jamicka Edwards by email ( with your name and the name of the person that will be receiving the transferred bib.



A portion of the proceeds for this event will benefit: 

  • Savannah Lingenfelter  #TeamSavannah 

Savannah is 7 years old and is battling cancer for a second time. Her parents, John and Cheryl Lingenfelter, are both Army Veterans.

There will be a 100 yard dash for children ages 10 and under at no charge dedicated to Savannah Lingenfelter. This will take place at approximately 11:00 am. All participants will have an opportunity to draw pictures and write letters to encourage Savannah.  

  • Village Keepers Tacoma

Village Keepers is committed to ensuring that all youth have a hot meal outside of the regular school schedule. During holiday and summer breaks, they provide meals for the youth who may otherwise go without.

Cinnamon Rosa, Tacoma Founder

  • Imagine Me Foundation (Tacoma Chapter)

The Imagine Me Foundation provides assistance and resources to men, women, and children in the local Washington community affected by various types of cancer.

Laminda Lawyer, Board of Director Member for Tacoma


  1. To inspire a community of people to recognize that they have purpose.
  2. To bring awareness to the local organizations and family of Savannah in which a portion of the proceeds will be donated. 
  3. To bring a community together to walk/run in harmony encouraging one another along the way.
  4. 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 and Best-dressed group.





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.

My initial goal for 2017 was to run 7 but I will definitely exceed that goal. I was selected in the lottery for the Bank of American Marathon in Chicago in October and although I have yet to begin training I am thrilled to prepare and complete my very first Marathon. (26.2 miles nonstop) This journey has been more than running for me. As of May 8, 2017 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.

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.

I look forward to seeing where this running journey takes me and I'm happy to be officially a Half Fanatic! 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 me if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or sponsorship opportunities.

Jamicka Edwards

(253) 882-8702

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Race Sponsor
Event Flyers & Updates

Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.
Join this event and invite your friends on Facebook.