Although the distance is unique, this race really stands out as a chance for the Umpqua Valley community to come together in a positive way one year after the senseless gun violence that struck Umpqua Community College (UCC). The 9K distance symbolizes the nine victims, and kilometer splits will be recorded in lieu of mile markers. The flat, fast, and scenic course is mostly on bike paths, with stretches through parks and along the South Umpqua River. There’s even a 1.4k loop on Elk Island!
The event will be much more than just a 9k race. There is also a 5k run/walk and a kid’s run, and a chance for people from around the world to show support via a virtual run. A community concert will be held after the race, and food venders will provide refreshment. Proceeds will go toward UCC Student Scholarships in honor of the victims and the survivors.
Runners form an incredibly supportive and friendly community, and the Umpqua Strong 9K is a perfectly symbolic occasion to bring the larger community together to commemorate the victims and survivors of the events of one year ago, while rallying and moving on.
When: Saturday, October 1st
Where: Stewart Park, Roseburg
What time: 10:00a
Registration: 9K and virtual runners – $38 through Sept. 20, $40 Sept. 21-30; 5K run/walk – $33 through Sept. 20, $35 Sept. 21-30; Kid’s Run – $15. Register online HERE.