Small Race Preview THIS WEEKEND: 2015 Aurora Colony Days 5k

Every time my mom comes in from Utah to visit us, she has one sole request: “We need to go to Aurora.” While this may seem like an odd request to some, those familiar with the small city know exactly why. This small town is chocked full of history, antique-shops galore, and, on Saturday, August 8, a 5k race.

The Aurora Colony Days Run 5k (and Kids 1k) is coinciding with Aurora Colony Days. Due to the small size of the city, the race will be a double loop of sorts on some of the cities main streets, in an effort to keep the amount of turns to a minimum. The race will begin in front of the Aurora Colony Historical Society and head south on Liberty Street. A quick turn onto Smith Rock Ave will happen before heading back north on Main Street. The route will be repeated a second time, with the cut over between Liberty and Main occurring a street earlier. Check out the course map here. The 5k will start at 730a and the 1k at 830a and allow for an enjoyable and historic jaunt for the kiddos.

Proceeds from the run and walk will benefit the summer concert series, which are held Wednesday evenings. Following the races, there will be a fun-filled day complete with parade, outdoor antiques faire, and the summer concert series’ final concert, headlined by the band “Dance Machine” at 7pm. Here is a schedule of the weekend’s events:

Friday, August 7

5 to 11 PM · Family Friendly Beer Garden · Near the Octagon Building

6­ to 8 PM · Artists’ Reception · Fellowship Hall @ Christ Lutheran Church

Saturday, August 8

7­ to 11 AM · Pancake Feed · American Legion Hall

7:30 AM · 5k Run/Walk · Run starts at Old Aurora Colony Museum

8 AM­ to 4 PM · Outdoor Antiques & Vintage Faire · Downtown Aurora

8:30 AM · 1k Fun Run for Kids · Run starts at Old Aurora Colony Museum

10 AM to ­2 PM · Antique Appraisals · McLaren Auction Services ($5 per item)

10 AM­ t0 5 PM · Art Show & Sale ·Fellowship Hall @ Christ Lutheran Church (FREE Entry)

11 AM · Aurora Colony Days Parade · Parade starts at Aurora Park on Main Street

11 AM to ­4 PM · Old Aurora Colony Museum Exhibits (FREE Saturday Entry)

12 to 5 PM · Family Friendly Beer Garden · Near the Octagon Building

3 to 4 PM · Aurora the Gold Standard: 100  Strong (location TBA)

5:30 to ­10 PM · Celebration in the Park · Aurora City Park Amphitheater

Sunday, August 9

10 AM­ to 5 PM · Art Show & Sale · Fellowship Hall @ Christ Lutheran Church (FREE Entry)

12­ to 4 PM · Old Aurora Colony Museum

When: The 5k starts at 8:30a and the Kids 1k at 8:30a
Where: Old Aurora Colony Museum
Register: Online here for $20 for the 5k or $10 for the kids run, or DOR starting at 6:45a


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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