My favorite races are those put on by students to raise funds for a cause they believe in. So I am definitely running the Run for Ahope 5k on Sunday, May 21. The race will be run at the Brown’s Ferry Park, located in Tualatin close to the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center and Legacy Meridian Park. (This is an update – See below for address.) It’s only $20 for adults ($15 for kids) which is a great price for a 5k.
The organizer is Ally Plombon, an 8th grader at the school. Inspired by her her mom and her participation in the Girls on the Run program as a 2nd grader, she’s got a great goal for this race – raising $2,500 for the nonprofit AHOPE for Children.
This organization, nearing 10 years old, provides care for HIV-positive Ethiopian orphans. Plombon is accepting donations for AHOPE on top of race registrations; to make one, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know the amount, then mail your check to Run for AHOPE, PO Box 2085, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Additional donations can also be made at day-of-race registration, but if you know how much you plan to donate you can still email her so she can keep track of what is raised.
Another goal for the race is to see at least 200 people there. I think this is possible, as long as everyone that agrees with me this is a cool event for a great cause shares the info through social media. The event is a fun run, so while you can run hard, it’s not competitive and runners and walkers of all paces are invited.
Support for planning the race came from her mentor and teachers at school. “Each one of them has helped me so much with this project and supported me the entire way through the process, no matter how hard or frustrating it’s gotten. They’ve helped me strategize my way out of tough situations and if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t know the first thing about putting on a run.” The most interesting thing she’s done to prepare for this event was getting that P.O. box for donations, she says; now she knows what to do if and when she needs one for herself. Plombon wrote all the website content herself, too.
Ally, who claims she’s “not a runner,” enjoys running and tries to fit in at least 2 runs per week. (For the record, this makes her a runner!) She loves the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a particularly grueling run. I think many Run Oregon readers can identify with her when she adds, “I love the way my heart’s pumping and I’m breathing hard, but at the same time I feel amazing.”
Race vitals: Run for AHOPE 5k
When: Sunday, May 21, 2017
What time: 11a
Where: Brown’s Ferry Park, located at 5855 SW Nyberg Lane in Tualatin (This is a location change from our first post about the race, updated on 5/10/17)
Register: At the race starting at 10a (please arrive early, since there is no online registration and they will all have to be done that morning). Adults can register for $20 and students 18 and under can sign up for $15.
We will post the course map when available, too.