We have worked hard to bring this event to Yakima because we believe running and fitness bring communities together. Through this event, we hope to improve the lives of people in the Yakima Valley. When Yakima is better, we are all better. At the Downtown Yakima Mile, we invite you to join us in this pursuit!


The Downtown Yakima Mile is much more than a race. It’s about bringing our community together in fun, fitness, and in support of important causes that serve our friends and neighbors right here in the Yakima Valley.

This year, the Downtown Yakima Mile Committee is ready and set for the third annual event. Our goal remains the same: to provide a healthy community event open to everyone, highlighting and celebrating the Yakima Valley on a local, regional, and national scale. Our hope is to inspire individuals and families throughout Yakima and beyond to engage in active lifestyles, through the Downtown Yakima Mile.

OUR Inspiration

The Downtown Yakima Mile is proud to support the YWCA Yakima, the beneficiary of the event. The YWCA Yakima is the largest provider of domestic violence services in Yakima County; their motto: "eliminating racism; empowering women." The YWCA provides a 24/7 domestic violence emergency shelter in Yakima and offers affordable housing to homeless families because of domestic violence. In 2020 alone, the YWCA helped more than 13,000 people in the Yakima Valley through crisis support, housing, legal advocacy, and other services offered.

Partnering with the Downtown Yakima Mile will leave a lasting impression on our community and demonstrate your business’s commitment to providing a healthy live-work-play environment in the Yakima Valley. With your help, we can attract Olympic-quality runners to Yakima, increasing community and statewide interest.

It is our sincerest hope that your organization will also join us in this effort to end domestic violence in our community by donating to and creating a partnership with the Downtown Yakima Mile. The YWCA Yakima's mission is to end domestic violence and racism while empowering women and providing support to those affected by domestic violence. Recently, this message has resonated more with Hogback than ever before, and we encourage you to help support and advocate for those in need.

YWCA Yakima is the largest provider of domestic violence services in Yakima County and provides the only shelter of its kind in the city of Yakima, operating 24/7. In addition, YWCA Yakima offers the first affordable housing specific to families who are homeless as a result of domestic violence. Crisis, housing, and legal advocacy are also provided to those in need.

By working together we can focus our energy and our resources to provide the YWCA Yakima with the resources to help every family in need. We encourage you to learn more about the life-saving services provided by YWCA Yakima at



The Downtown Yakima Mile is our way of showing an investment in our city.


The Downtown Yakima Mile relies on the help from donors like you to make a lasting impact in our community. Engaging with the Downtown Yakima Mile will provide significant visibility at one of the premier one-mile road races on the west coast. Runners and spectators from near and far will be in attendance to enjoy and celebrate healthy lifestyles and great competition. Partnering with the Downtown Yakima Mile will leave a lasting impression on the community and will demonstrate your business’s commitment to a healthy place to live, work, and play in the Yakima Valley.

For sponsorship questions, please contact the Event Director, Michelle Blanchard


"Don't run with your legs, run with your heart."

- Dean Karnazes