This is yet another race that is near and dear to my heart and the cause is one that I am personally familiar with. The Royal Kids 5k Run/Walk supports Royal Family Kids Camp of Yamhill County, a summer camp for foster children ages 7-11. I have seen first hand, kids being able to forget their plight in life for a week of experiences they will never forget. Kids go and camp with volunteers and get to swim, go horseback riding, hike, sing songs, have a birthday party, participate in skits, the list goes on and on. I am getting a little teary-eyed thinking back. A description:
[RFKC]is dedicated to creating positive memories for abused and abandoned children ages 7-11, now residing in foster care. We provide a week-long overnight summer camp experience that is specifically designed for these at-risk children. With a trained and vetted staff, we provide 5 days for them to feel safe, have fun, and be unconditionally loved – all in the great outdoors.
The race itself is designed to be family focused, but there will be timing for serious runners as well. While there is not a race course, the written description outlines that the event winds through the Newberg neighborhoods north of 99W.
Start and stop is at the Mountainview Rd entrance of Newberg Christian Church (2315 Villa Road). Parking is available via the Villa Road entrance.
The route will start on Mountainview Road, head south on Villa Road, wind through the neighborhoods of Newberg and the George Fox University campus, and then back up Meridian, past Joan Austin Elementary, finishing back on Mountainview. The exact route will be clearly marked and staffed by Royal Kids 5K personnel.
Even if you can’t run, I highly suggest making a donation or volunteering for this cause. RFKC is truly an amazing cause and program. For more information, please visit their website at www.rfkcyc.org
Royal Kids 5k Run/Walk (Newberg)
Where: Newberg Christian Church
Register: Online here; Adults (18 years and older) $30.00 (event day registration $35)
Youth/Students (13-17, 18 and older with student ID) $15 (event day registration $20)
Children (12 years and younger) FREE