You Matter Movement 5K & Half Marathon Run/Walk

Sun June 3, 2018 Lakewood, WA 98498 US Directions


Fort Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Ave SW
Lakewood, WA US 98498


Online registration is now Closed.  You can still register in person.  

Saturday from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm at the Fairfield Inn & Suites at 1515  Wilmington Drive DuPont, WA

Sunday from 6:30 am- 7:30am at Fort Steilacoom Park 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 

Those who register on Saturday and Sunday will receive a Bib and Medal only.  T-Shirts have been sold out!!!!!

****** Arriving at the Park -  PLEASE give yourself an additional 15-20 minutes to get to the area where we the activities will be due to the Road Construction and Detour.*******

You will turn onto 87th Street but will follow the road straight down until you see the Detour sign guiding you into the park.  You will keep straight past the dog park.  Keep going past the parking on your left.  You will see the paved parking lot on your right which is closer to the playground and shelter.  Packet Pick-Up will be at the Shelter and the starting line for both the 5k & Half Marathon will also be at that area.  Parking is limited in that area so if it is full when you arrive you can park at the paved area near the lake and walk over.  

Thank you again EVERYONE for your support and for being apart of the 2nd You Matter Movement 5k & Half Marathon.  I look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces.  YOU MATTER to MORE people than you will EVER know!!!

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.

6:30am-7:30am Packet Pick-up and Registration at the covered area next to the playground area.  

7:15am C.T.Y. Dance  Fitness will warm up the group 

7:30am Opening Ceremony Remarks, National Anthem, Prayer

8:00 am - Promptly - Event begins (Meet near the playground) 5K & Half Marathon will start at the same time. 

10:00 am- Kids Dash 1K  

11:00am - Awards for Top Times and Best Dressed Group 

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

1:00 pm- Activities conclude  - Park cleaned up and a BIG THANK YOU!!!!!!! 



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 5k 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!  The Half Marathon route will start with the 5k and go around the Lake and will continue throughout on the trails all within Fort Steilacoom Park. 

We will walk/jog/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 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 & Registration will be on Saturday, June 2, 2018 and at Fort Steilacoom Park on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

***** Please note the change in time of the packet pick-up on Saturday, June 2, 2018****

  • June 2nd from 2:00pm - 4::00pm 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. 

This will also be the packet pick-up location. 

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

  • Albertsons:  8611 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Tacoma, WA


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


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