Respect each other. Practice Inclusion. Celebrate Diversity. You’ll find that at the top of the Love Liberates Half Marathon and 5k page and I think it’s a perfect reason to run. Both races start and finish at the Mill Race Trail Head on Saturday, June 24th in Springfield, Oregon. The Half Marathon begins at 8am and the 5k Run/Walk begins at 8:30am. Both distances are chip timed by Eclectic Edge Racing and awards will be given for the the three finishers in each age division.
Love Liberates Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk is a great way to celebrate diversity. Runners and walkers coming together to encourage love and acceptance in a healthy and positive way. The Half Marathon follows the famous Mill Race, a creek that connects with the Willamette River, joins the Middle Fork Path and offers spectacular views. The Mill Race Path was constructed in 2016, is completely paved and includes modest inclines. There will be aid stations at miles 2, 5, 8 and 11 for the Half Marathon with water, Gatorade energy gels and KIND snacks. There will be a few race shirts available for purchase between 6:30am-7:45am on race morning, but they sell quickly so make sure to get there early if you want a shot. Shirts were available for purchase through May 15th, but they order a few extra, so quantities are limited.
There is a 4 hour course limit for the half and 2 hour limit for the 5k. Strollers are welcome, but dogs will not be allowed on the course. Drop bag services will be provided by Pink Buffalo Racing. Just make sure to clearly mark your name on the provided bag and your belongings will be waiting for you at the finish line. This, obviously, is for extra clothing and items to keep you comfortable, not valuables. Parking is available at the Booth Kelly Center at 303 South 5th Street and overflow parking is available on the street.
Here is a great quote from the race director:
I personally believe that love does liberate and it causes me to be mindful of how I treat myself and others. I want to be open, compassionate and empathetic, especially among people with whom I disagree. The idea of circling back to love and asking ourselves, how can we express love in this situation, or that relationship, encourages all of us moving forward together. Love….it’s that simple!
Pink Buffalo Racing will make a donation from this event to the ACLU of Oregon.
When: Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Where: Mill Race Trail Head (South 5th Street & South B Street, Springfield)
Why: To come together and celebrate our differences with love, respect and gratitude.
- Half = $50 through June 23 and $60 DOR
- 5k = $20 through June 23 and $25 DOR
- Anyone over 60 and students under 17 may deduct $5