Minor changes are coming to next month’s Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run, but executive director Lisa Moore says the annual event will remain the same beloved community staple.

Unlike previous years, walkers will get a 30-minute head start before runners take to the 3.3-mile course around the crown of the hill on July 14. The festivities will also begin a little later in the morning, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. at Queen Anne Lutheran Church (2400 8th Ave. W.)

Walkers will start at 8:30 a.m., with runners to follow at 9.

“We’re hoping by doing that that more people will finish closer to the same time,” Moore said.

Instead of convening at the church as in years past, refreshments and post-race festivities will be at the finish line at Coe Elementary School (2424 7th Ave. W.), with KIRO-TV anchor and Seattle Seahawks play-by-play announcer Steve Raible serving as emcee.

Along with the awards ceremony — including prizes for the fastest finishers and the winner of the best hat contest — the raffle drawing returns after a one-year hiatus, with prizes donated by local merchants.

Moore said that the event raises approximately $35,000 to $40,000 for the Helpline each year, a figure that may not seem like a lot at first glance compared to the organization’s budget.

“That basically covers two months worth of assistance for people, so that’s quite significant,” she said.

And though the fiscal aspect is key — as one of two major fundraisers for the nonprofit each year (the other being the Taste of Queen Anne) — Moore also noted the importance the fun run has as a community event.

“It’s an opportunity for us to reach a broader segment of the population of Queen Anne and to just raise awareness of who we are, and what we do, and what the need is in the community,” she said.

Registration is $40 for both runners and walkers, and includes a t-shirt (while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis). Participants can also register at the Queen Anne Farmers Market the next two Thursdays (July 5, and July 12) between 3 and 7 p.m., or pick up their t-shirt if they’ve already signed up online. Children five and under can participate at no cost, with shirts available for $10.

To register online for the fun run, or for more information on the event or the Queen Anne Helpline, visit www.queenannehelpline.org.