Race Preview: Happy Girls Run (Half, 10k, and 5k)

If I know anything from being married for 6 1/2 years, it’s that a happy girl is the best kind of girl. The 2nd Annual Happy Girls Run of Forest Grove may know this better than anyone. This race will once again take place on September 6, 2014 at the beautiful Henry Hagg Lake and hundreds of female runners will once again take to the trails and roads around the lake. 

If you have been to Hagg Lake before, you will have an idea of what the course maps look like. They will feature a mixture of terrain and elevation, but are sure to give way to some amazing views. Check out scholarship opportunities here. If you haven’t attended before, apparently the pre-race packet pick up party is in downtown Portland and is highlighted with great giveaways, specialty cocktails, and an evening of socializing.

The race benefits Raphael House of Portland. This program:

is a multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of intimate partner violence in a variety of ways. We offer emergency shelter in a confidential location, safety planning and advocacy on a 24-hour in-house crisis line, non-residential advocacy in cooperation with the Portland Police Domestic Violence Response Unit, and transitional housing and advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence enrolled in the Transitional Housing Program. Nearly 100 families are served in the emergency shelter each year, and more than 5,000 callers are offered safety planning and advocacy on our in-house crisis line. An additional 400 survivors receive non-residential advocacy services each year.

Like many of these agencies, Raphael House depends a lot on volunteers and they currently need a lot of volunteer help.


2nd Annual Happy Girls Run (Forest Grove)

When: 9:00am Half Marathon Start, 9:15 am 10K Start, 9:30am 5K Start

Where: Ramp C at Hagg Lake

Register: Online here; $85 for half, $45 for 10k, $35 for 5k; Include goody bag, shirt, necklace,


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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