Races with Benefits: 2016 Overflowing Hope 5K & 2016 Go Bananas for Free to Smile

As all runners know, both water and bananas are vital to our running existence. So what better than to raise money for clean water on Saturday and then run with a bunch of bananas on Sunday?

Overflowing Hope 5K is a race for water. Proceeds from this event will help those living in Zacapa, Guatemala have access to clean water. His Church in Forest Grove has the goal of raising $5000 to donate to World Help so they can build the well.

The 5K begins at His Church at 10:00 A.M. on October 22 and winds out of town through the beautiful natural area along the B street trail. The course will weave back into town and end up back at the church (1719 Cedar Street.) The cost for this fundraising race is $25.

Next, head to Portland for Go Bananas for Free to Smile. This 5K benefits the Free to Smile Foundation. The Free to Smile Foundation is dedicated to supporting and sustaining comprehensive, quality surgical and dental services to poor and underprivileged children and adolescents throughout the world; specifically focusing on those with cleft lip, palate deformity, and dental needs.

If you like to run in costume, this event is right up your alley. Your registration includes a banana costume! That’s right – a free costume! So, join a “bunch” of other runners and go bananas on the streets of Portland.

Go Bananas starts at the World Trade Center Building 2 at 9:00 A.M. on October 23rd. The price for the 5K + banana costume is $40


About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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