The Twilight Run is one of the few runs each year that takes place in the evening. Its 7pm start time makes it a great ending to a Saturday. It is organized as part of the Tigard Festival of Balloons, and participating in the run will get you free entrance into the festival's NightGlow event.
I have run the Twilight Run several times in the past, and it’s always been enjoyable. You can read last year’s race recap here. Cook Park is a great venue for a race with flush toilets, picnic shelters, a playground, and tall trees to give shade on a warm summer night. The running route is entirely on multipurpose paths with no cars crossing or zooming past. The cloverleaf shaped course has some short out and back parts that get a bit crowded, but since the run is limited to 750 participants, it does not get out of hand.
Before the 5k, the kids get to run their own 1-mile race. I’ve always appreciated kids (shorter) events that take place before the adult (longer distance) run, since the kids will get lots of spectators and cheers. The 1-mile course is a quick out and back with no chance of getting lost, so you can safely send your children off on their own adventure.
Proceeds from the race go to the Foundation for Tigard-Tualatin Schools, which supports teachers and students in all 15 public schools in the Tigard Tualatin school district.
Twilight Run details:
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015; 7pm 5k start (6:30pm 1-mile)
Where: Cook Park, Tigard
What: 5k, kids 1-mile
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: 5k – $30 until May 30 ($35 thereafter); 1-mile – $10 plus $5 optional for shirt
Registration includes: Chip timed race, Nike Dri Fit shirt, ribbon, Awards Party with light refueling food/drink, and entry to Festival of Balloons