Small Race Preview: Tonkin’s For The Love Of Schools (Wilsonville)


The Tonkin family of car dealerships has been known for their community involvement and support. In Wilsonville, the Tonkin Audi dealership hosts a “For the love of schools” road race on the first Sunday in June (this year’s event is on June 1st) and donates 100% of the entry fee to the local school of your choice! Now in its third year, the race offers a 5k and 10k, and for the first time this year also a half-marathon. 

In 2013, the event drew close to 500 participants, 160 of who were age 16 and younger! The race course runs on small town streets (closed to traffic for the safety of the runners) and multipurpose paths. The 5k has one water station about half way, the 10k has a station every two miles, while the half marathon will have four water stops. The start times are staggered with the half marathoners taking off first at 7:30am, followed by the 10k at 7:45am and the 5k at 7:55am. With start times this early, you can even squeeze in your run before any other scheduled activities you may have on that Sunday.

Post-race, participants can expect the typical refreshments of water, bananas and oranges, finisher’s medals for everybody, and age group awards. On each race bib there are also a meal ticket and a drink ticket, which can be redeemed for a plate of food by NoKaOi catering and a beer or non-alcoholic drink, respectively. Some vendors will also offer free samples of their consumable products (Jamba Juice, Jimmy John’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Muskle Milk, Panda Express) and displaying their products and services (Road Runner Sports, PRC, River City Boats, Mt Hood Search and Rescue).

for-the-love-of-schools-race-shirtTonkin “For the love of schools” details:

When: Sunday, June 1st
Where: Tonkin Audi, 26600 SW 95th Ave, Wilsonville, OR

Registration: Online here or mail-in form
Registration cost (before May 25): 5k Adult – $35, 10k Adult – $45, Half Marathon – $55, 5k/10k Kids age 14 and under – $15. (cost increases $5 on May 25, an additional $5 on race day)

Registration includes: Chip-timed race (by AA Sports), post-race refreshments, finisher’s medal.
Tech shirts sold separately for $12.50 (shirt and shirt size only guaranteed for entries received before May 25)

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