History

Bill Burby was a beloved teacher and coach on Vashon Island. He worked tirelessly in the 1970's to incorporate health education into the school district's K-12 curriculum. He skied, took leading roles in Island musicals, and climbed mountains. He believed in personal growth and in mentoring others as they worked to achieve their own goals. His colleague and friend, Russ Brazill notes he was a "coaches coach" .

For several years, Brazill, Burby, Doug Kloke and others had organized an annual informal run on trails behind the post office. In 1981, Bob McCormick and Neal Allen, student officers of the VHS class of 1983, joined with Burby and Kloke to turn it into the K2 10K Strawberry Festival Run to raise money for the school. 

When Bill died suddenly in 1989, the race was renamed in his honor and became The Bill Burby Inspirational 10K Run.  Since that time, the race has taken on new dimensions. It now has a 10k and 5k run and a 5k walk. It has become a Strawberry Festival weekend tradition and favorite family activity. It starts and finishes near the corner of Vashon Highway SW and SW Gorsuch Road and is sanctioned by U.S. Track and Field Association.

Your participation in the race helps provide needed funds to Vashon Island High School athletic teams and honors Bill Burby's dedication to the health and fitness of our island's youth. It also allows us to provide the annual " The Bill Burby Wellness Scholarship" to a high school senior through the Vashon Community Scholarship Fund.

Contact:  For more information, please contact the Bill Burby Fun Run Association at burby10k5k@aol.com.

The Bill Burby Fun Run Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.