October 20, 2013 was a day that many parents gave their kids extra hugs before bedtime. Why? Because that day, two young girls named Anna and Abigail were hit and killed by a car while playing in front of their house in Forest Grove.
Anna and Abigail’s parents have decided to remember the love that their children shared with the world through Love Rocks. You may have noticed one while out on a run, or heard about it from someone else. A Love Rock is simply a rock with a fabric heart on it, which can be left anywhere to remind the person that finds it that “love rocks.” Originally created by Anna, Abigail, and their parents as keepsakes for their parents’ wedding, Love Rocks have now found their way to nearly every continent and are the focus of a facebook page with more than 17,000 likes.
Anyone can create a Love Rock (find out how here and scroll to the bottom). Then you can leave them wherever you’d like for someone to find; or give them directly to a friend or loved one to let them know how much you care.
The Love Rocks 5k is a race to remember Anna and Abby, and to celebrate Love. Funds from the race will go towards the Love Rocks Foundation, which is raising money for a playground in the girls’ names. The 5k run is chip-timed, and all participants will get an event t-shirt and “a Love Rocks Finishers Package” which I bet will include a Love Rock! The course is an out and back that starts out the same as the ORRC Y2K event … so watch out for that hill.
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015
What time: The kid’s 10k is at 7a and the 5k run at 8a. There is an untimed 5k walk stepping off at 8:15a.
Where: Tom McCall Upper Elementary School at 1255 Pacific Ave in Forest Grove.
Register: Online for $40 here ($42 with the reg fee) by 10p on June 25. Note there is no day of race registration. If you’re registering 10 or more people, email them at email@example.com to get a special rate. The kids race is $20 ($22 with fee).
Volunteers are needed as well – you can sign up here to help out. Volunteers receive a Love Rocks crew t-shirt and the Love Rocks Finisher Package.