Victoria Jones, known to locals and visitors to the Olympic Peninsula for helping organize popular road races for several years, received Washington State’s Event Organizer of the Year award.
Jones has been honored for her efforts to organize races during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Washington Festivals & Events Association, is a company “dedicated to advancing the common business interests of the festivals and events industry in the Washington State ”at the association’s annual conference. awards dinner at Bellevue on November 3.
Since the onset of COVID, Jones has helped organize 27 events – 22 virtual events and five hybrid events – and has seen a 300% increase in attendance with attendees from all 50 states and five countries.
Some of these events included the Run the Peninsula series, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, and the Sun Fun Color Run. Additionally, Jones added virtual runs, including the OMC Cares Virtual Run and Wellness Walk, which was free to all Olympic Medical Center employees; the Red, Set Go Virtual Run; and, together with Jared Loranger of FIZZ Events, helped create “Run the West Coast,” comprised of 16 different virtual races, including the Run Washington, Run Oregon and Run California events.
In addition to being the Event Organizer of the Year, Jones has also received several Pacific North West Summit awards for her events on the Olympic Peninsula, including the North Olympic Peninsula Chapter Event of the Year. Run the Peninsula Received awards for Best Event Recap, Best Healthy Lifestyle Event, and Best Promotional Item. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon received awards for Best Green Program and Best Educational Program.
Other North Olympic Peninsula Pacific Northwest Summit Awards recipients include: Olympic Medical Center Foundation – Tickets & Invitations (Harvest of Hope), Sponsorship Proposal (Sonny Sixkiller Celebrity Golf Classic) and Healthy Lifestyle Event (Red, Set, Go February 2021 Virtual Challenge); Port Angeles Hall of Fame – Best Photo & Best Fundraising Event; and Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival – North Olympic Peninsula Section Event of the Year and Best Brochure of the Year.
The association seeks to “help members and the special events industry improve and advance industry standards by providing professional and leadership development, as well as technical assistance across the board. State for the Festivals and Events Industry ”.