Chris Adams of Juanita jokes that he picked a perfect name for his team — Passing Through. He's not alone. For Saturday's Sixth Annual...

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Chris Adams of Juanita jokes that he picked a perfect name for his team — Passing Through.

He’s not alone. For Saturday’s Sixth Annual You Gotta Have Guts 5K, dozens of the teams have gutsy monikers. Team captains focus on intestinal and bathroom nicknames for a reason.

The race/walk benefits the Bellevue-based Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, and many participants suffer from Crohn’s or colitis — also known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD.

A sample of the names includes Crohn Magnon, Crohn’s Wars/Revenge of the Meds, Girls with Guts, I.B. Runnin’, the Moody Bowels and the Rolling Crohn’s.

Adams, 28, expects at least 50 people will be wearing his Passing Through team shirts at Magnuson Park.

“I’ve had the same team name for three years, and while raising money is wonderful, raising awareness is my big thing,” he said.

He has had Crohn’s since he was 10 and has undergone multiple surgeries.

“This is a disease no one talks about,” said Adams, a promotion manager for Sarathan Records of Seattle. “But it changes your life. I never got to play football; I had to quit baseball because I was too sick; and when I got to college, I missed a quarter of my sophomore year and had to live with a feeding tube for a while.”

Adams’ illness has been in remission since 2002, and for the first time he has been able to eat normally.

“My friends even joked that I was getting chubby,” he said. “That’s a positive thing. But I have the energy to help the foundation this way.”


Walk on over to the Sports Shoe Contest tomorrow and Saturday at the Clyde Hill Community Celebration.

Lyn Adams Roe deserves the credit for kicking this new activity into high gear.

The celebration committee added the event when she brought a pair of decorated shoes to a meeting. She covered one shoe with peanut shells and tucked a small Mariners banner into the laces. The mate was covered with tiny seashells accessorized with a tropical-drink paper umbrella.

The community is taking the new contest in stride. So far, entries include a shoe covered with bird seed and adorned with a plastic bird, a pearl and velvet creation highlighted with a lace handkerchief, and for the overly enthusiastic athlete, one shoe wrapped in an Ace bandage.

The Sports Shoes will be on display at Clyde Hill Elementary School. Other events include an outdoor movie at 7:30 tomorrow night, carnival rides, games, food booths and a sidewalk chalk art contest.

The Circle the Hill Race starts at the school, 9601 N.E. 24th St., at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Name game

Kudos to Kirkland’s Downtown on the Lake folks for making life easier with a shorter name. Earlier this summer, the group quietly changed its name to the Kirkland Downtown Association.

“Makes it easier to answer the phone,” said Dick Beazell, executive director. “First we had to say the name, and then we had to explain who we were.”

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or