If you’ve never experienced running in the Banks-Vernonia region, you have been missing out on some beautiful inspiration to get outside. The Vernonia Half Marathon is done and gone and now you have another chance to get in a scenic race. The 7th annual 2017 Banks Linear Trail Brave Run/Walk on May 20th is waiting for you!
As a mom, I have a special place in my heart for events that help out kids, and this race raises technology funds for Banks Elementary School. A local mom, Leslie Peterson, came up with the idea of the 5k/10k race in 2010 to fund things like overhead projectors, tablets, software, and other technology over the last 6 years that the school was badly in need of.
This is a “flat and fast course” and you have the option of a 5k or a 10k, a run or a walk. There’s a kid’s dash as well, which the school principle runs with the kids in an outfit to fit whatever the theme is that year. This year’s theme is “Running Wild on the Linear Trail for Kids and Technology,” so expect to see a wild animal and safari theme. There’s something for everyone! The race starts at Banks High School, and then continues out to the gorgeous paved Banks/Vernonia Linear Trail before looping back to the high school again.
I’ve seen a lot of interesting things given to race participants over the years, but this run takes the cake.. or the pineapple, actually. Yes, that’s right, pineapples are given out along with medals to the winners! And walkers have a chance to win too! Additionally, there will be great music and a DJ to get you dancing after your run as well as fruit, water, and Gatorade to help you refuel. Some local restaurants are offering participant discounts after the race, so stick around for those as well as the raffle. Each participant receives one raffle ticket and can purchase additional tickets for more chances to win.
So come to Banks to enjoy a fun race and a good time with your family and earn some money for a local school at the same time.
When: Saturday May 20th, 2017. 9:00AM (8:30AM for Kid’s Dash)
Where: Banks High School Track (13050 NW Main Street, Banks OR)
Register: Here. Registration ends May 18th at 11:59 PDT. Day of race registration available ($10 increase in price.)
Registration Cost: $20 for all races ($10 if you are a BSD employee) except kid’s run which is free. If you would like a shirt, the deadline for ordering online is April 30th.
Packet Pick-Up: Friday, May 19th from 4:00PM-7:00PM