Preview: Soles2Souls 5k/10k in Beaverton on June 7, 2014

Runners on the Fanno Creek Trail, near the underpass below Scholls Ferry Road.

Runners on the Fanno Creek Trail, near the underpass below Scholls Ferry Road. Credit: Pat Goehring

There are a lot of runners in Beaverton - and I'm glad to see more races being added to the calendar there! I've lived in both Tigard and Beaverton, and Greenway Elementary - the start/finish for the Soles2Souls 5k and 10k - is right on the beautiful Fanno Creek Trail. Also good to know: This race is only $12. "WHAT?" Yes, only $12. And for ages 5-10, it's only $6. Under age 5 (most likely in a stroller, I'm assuming) is free. There is also a FREE 1/4 mile kids run. "WHERE DO I SIGN UP?" Right here. For only $12. Wait, did I say that already?

Not only is this race on a great course and for a very low price, it’s chip-timed. And there’s going to be chocolate milk, courtesy of Alpenrose Dairy. It keeps getting better and better.

This event is a fundraiser for the Healthy Kids Program at West Hills Christian School. “The Healthy Kids Program supports the whole healthy child: body, mind and spirit, which in turn benefit our PE, sports and other like programs,” according to the event’s facebook page.

You can register online until June 4, or day of race for $15 for age 11+ and $10 for ages 5-10.

Here’s what you need to know:

When:  Saturday, June 7, 2014

What time: The 10k starts at 8:30a and the 5k at 9a; the Free “Crusader Kids Run” 1/4 mile is at 10a

Where: Greenway Elementary at 9150 SW Downing Ave. (The corner of Greenway and Downing.)

Register: Online here for $12 or DOR for $15. See above for kids’ pricing.

Directions: Find where Hall Boulevard crosses 217 as your starting point. Drive west on Hall (away from Washington Square Mall) and take a left onto Greenway, which is at the Albertson’s about a half mile down the road. After you turn left onto Greenway, the school and Downing will be 0.7 miles further down, on your left. There is a parking lot at the school or you can park on Downing. There is no parking on Greenway. If more parking is needed, Parkview Loop is a good option and you can walk on the trail to the school.

Course information:

Click here to see a map of the 10k course. The 5k course will follow the first 1.5 of the 10k with a marked & manned turnaround.

For those of you not familiar with the Fanno Creek Trail, don’t worry about getting lost. Volunteers will be stationed at every point along the course where you either take a turn or need to choose a left or right “side” when the path splits.

Fanno Creek is a fairly flat asphalt trail that runs through wetland areas. I was actually surprised to see there was as much as 30 feet of elevation gain and loss over the trail – I’m pretty comfortable calling the “hills” negligible. (Unless you’re from Florida. Then you will think they are giant inclines.) Although the course might be a little narrow at the start, it will thin out quickly and unless you’re pushing a double stroller trying to pass a double stroller, there won’t be bottlenecks.

As for road crossings, worry not. The crossing at Scholls Ferry is on a viaduct that runs under the road, and the crossings at North Dakota and Tigard Streets are both protected with certified flaggers.

If you’re a speedster and shooting for a win, you’ll have a bike escort in the form of one Darin Swanson, the organizer of Reason to Run events.

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

1 Comment on Preview: Soles2Souls 5k/10k in Beaverton on June 7, 2014

  1. Tung Yin // May 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM //

    I ran this race last year with one of the Run Oregon comps, when it was staged next to Oaks Amusement Park, and it was put together and executed very well.

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