We believe we all have a duty to get involved in our community, and in passionately doing so, we improve the lives around us. We have worked hard to bring this event to Yakima because it is a difficult proposition, which makes it worth doing. When Yakima is better, we are better.

When someone asks, "What are you doing to improve the lives of the people around you," we are able to emphatically answer this question. At the Downtown Yakima Mile, we answer this daily and we invite you to join us!


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 second annual event, to be held on August 28. 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 that the Downtown Yakima Mile inspires families who live here to become and stay active. 

OUR Inspiration

We’ve got big plans in 2021 as we work to make Yakima a premier competitive running destination. And we’re asking for your support. We’re currently securing partnerships with local businesses, with proceeds benefitting the YWCA Yakima and its mission. Like most non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for services from the YWCA Yakima greatly increased (by more than 30% last year!) but financial support has not. In 2020 alone, the YWCA Yakima touched 13,000 people here in the valley. The 24-hour domestic violence emergency shelter provided 8,000+ bed nights, and the crisis hotline averaged 25 phone calls a day.

Partnering with the Downtown Yakima Mile will leave a lasting impression on our community and demonstrates 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