The route is simple – start heading south on Griffith Park, right (West) on SW 5th, and then left (South) on SW Erickson. A tiny loop at Schiffler Park and then back the way you came. There is a set of railroad tracks on SW 5th but they are the “embedded kind” and in great shape (this is on my weekend running route).
For those of you planning to bring kids for the parade but worried they’ll be bored while your spouse runs the 5k, there is a great playground just blocks from the start/finish area at SW 5th and SW Alger. It’s appropriate for kids 4-adult; my two-year old has fun there but it’s designed for slightly older kids. Then, just walk down SW 5th about a half mile and find a good spot in front of the Beaverton Library to watch the parade! Beaverton’s “Little People Park” is just around the corner, too, if you head East on SW 5th. This has a play structure designed for toddlers.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Saturday, September 6, 2014
What time: The kids run will start at approximately 8:45a, the 5k is at 9a (the parade starts at 10a)
Where: Griffith Park, which is just south of the intersection of Griffith Drive and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway near the Beaverton Town Center Fred Meyer.
Register: The kids run is free; adults can sign up for the 5k online or via mail for $10 or DOR for $15. DOR registration is open from 7:30a until 8:45a. This includes for the kids run … so err on the early side if you’re running or walking this event!
Please note that guardians must sign a waiver for their children. From the website (the choice of words cracked me up … if you know what this is from, let me know … Star Trek?): “While our youth fun run is free, it does require a signed waiver by a parent or guardian. Youth runners are required to wear a race number to show their parental units have completed a signed waiver.”