Race Preview: Lebanon Strawberry Festival 5K, Kids Run and 1-Mile Walk 6/4/16 (Lebanon, Ore.)

Participate in the run/walk, stick around to watch the grand parade, then partake in the world's largest strawberry shortcake feed!

Participate in the run/walk, stick around to watch the grand parade, then partake in the world’s largest strawberry shortcake feed!

Last year, I participated in the Lebanon Strawberry Festival 5K run/walk event. It was, quite simply, a spectacular event to partake in! I absolutely loved everything about it! The run/walk follows the path of the parade route, and is lined with energetic spectators who are gearing up for the parade. The race takes place just prior to the grand parade, and a portion of the entry fees support Lebanon Cross Country Team.

This year will be the 107th Lebanon Strawberry Festival event, with the theme “Strawberry Frontier”. For four days, beginning June 2nd, and continuing through June 5, a myriad of events will be taking place, including a coronation, junior parade, the nationally certified 5K run/walk, eating the world’s largest shortcake, and Saturday’s grand parade. The run/walk will include a costume contest, so dress up in your best outfit to match this year’s theme, and cross the finish line wearing your costume to be eligible for best costume prizes. 

The 5K run/walk takes place on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. Prior to that, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a kids run and a 1-mile fitness walk. All events start and finish at the America Legion Parking Lot (1040 Main Street) in Lebanon. Whichever event you choose, the courses are flat and fast along the parade route. Packet pick-up occurs race morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. Same day registration is available until 9 a.m. for an additional fee.

Overall and age group awards will be provided. All kids participating in either race will receive their very own

Pictures from the grand parade

Pictures from the grand parade

participation ribbon. The top three male and female finishers receive a special prize.

Entry fees are currently $15 for the 5K run/walk, and $5 for the 1-mile walk. Event shirt may be purchased for an additional $12. Registration is available via paper form or online.

I’ll be attending again this year and am really excited! Stick around after the run/walk and watch the grant parade (and then head over for the strawberry shortcake, too!) I hope you will consider participating in this fantastic running and walking event!

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Distance: Kids run, 1-mile fitness walk, 5K run/walk
Time: 9:30 a.m. for the kids run and 1-mile fitness walk. 10 a.m. for the 5K run/walk.
Cost: $15 for the 5K run/walk or $5 for the 1-mile walk. Event shirts an addition $12. Price increase on May 22. Same day registration available for additional fee.
Register: paper form or online

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