Preview: Beaverton Celebration Parade 5k Run on Sept. 10

From the City of Beaverton's 2015 Celebration Parade Run photo gallery. This is a race that truly has something for everyone! (Except dogs - they are not allowed in this event.)

This will be the 6th running of the Beaverton Celebration Parade Run, a family- and wallet-friendly 5k that's got a good course for pushing towards a new PR or for pushing a stroller. Part of the run follows the Beaverton Celebration Parade course, so there are plenty of friendly cheers as you zoom past. This year, $5 from each registration will go towards the Ecumenical Second Home of Beaverton, a nonprofit organization providing services to homeless school-age children in our community. This is amazing because the race itself is only $20 when you sign up online before September 8th and still only $25 after that, including day of race registration. And the kid's race for ages 10 and under is FREE! Bonus: This is a race that plays the anthem before the start. I love that.

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.

A volunteer from the Beaverton Library hands a young reader a book at the Beaverton Celebration Parade. Photo from

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.

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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