The start/finish area is on the road that surrounds Griffith Park, near the Beaverton Police Station. You can access the park from Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway by vehicle, but it’s much easier to park at Fred Meyer and walk across the street. You can also reach the start area on foot from the SW 5th St. side.
Here are the details:
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
What time: 9a
Where: Griffith Park, which is located between Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and Allen Blvd, just off SW 5th (the same road the Beaverton Library is on)
Register: Online here by 9/8 for $20 ($15 for youth 18 and under running the 5k) and $25 after and day of race. There is also a free kids run for ages 10 and under.
Hosted by the amazing people at ADAPT Training, the Beaverton Celebration Parade Run is also supported by the Beaverton Police (love that team!), Whole Foods, Portland Running Company, Fred Meyer, OBRA, Jamba Juice, Plaid Pantry, and Team in Training.
The course itself is quite lovely. You start out by running along Griffith Park and then on Griffith Drive to SW 5th St, where you’ll head west. Just about the time you’re starting to feel like maybe you went out too fast, you’ll reach the cheering folks waiting for the parade and collect turbo-booster high-fives from happy kiddos. You’ll pass the City Library and City Park, then take a left onto Erickson. After just a short distance on Erickson, you’ll veer right into Schiffler Park.
Schiffler is a great little park; play area, greenspace, even a natural wetland area. You’ll take the wide loop around the park (and take in all it has to offer!), then retrace your steps. By the time you pass by the parade spectators, you’ll have only about a half-mile to the finish which makes it a less intimidating race to keep your pace up through the finish.
If your partner or friends are watching your kids while you run, there’s a cute park just around the corner from the start at SW Alger and SW 5th. There’s even a park just for really little kids (it’s called Little People’s Park) and is designed for toddlers, which is on 5th about a half mile to the east, past the freeway overpass. The time you’re chugging along will pass by quickly for your kids while they wait for you to return to the finish.
Then, of course, you can just mosey back down SW 5th and find yourself a nice shady spot from which to watch the parade. Many local businesses hand out coupons for trial classes and the Beaverton Library hands out children’s books! Bring a bag for your little one to gather candy – the Beaverton Celebration Parade is a good one. Best of all, the Beaverton Police are out in full force and they love to hand out Junior Officer stickers to kids.