The 5th Annual Beaverton Sun Run takes place on Sunday, July 23rd and offers a 10k, 5k and Kids Dash. The race starts and finishes at ADAPT in Beaverton and guarantees a flat and fast course. ADAPT has a special place in my heart since I volunteered at Joe’s 5.o Birthday run there several years ago. Off the beaten path, it’s a perfect location being close in but not too crowded. The 10k kicks off at 8am, followed with the 5k at 8:10am and finally the Kids Dash at 9am. The course is an out and back loop and certified through U.S. Track and Field.
The course takes advantage of the Fanno Creek Trail near the historic Garden Home area of Beaverton. I was born and raised in Beaverton and only recently discovered this section of trail. I’m disappointed I didn’t know about it sooner. It’s flat, paved and makes you feel like you’re out in the woods instead of the middle of suburbia. The race starts early enough to miss the heat, but the dense foliage keeps a big chunk of the trail shaded, making it ideal for cycling, walking or a fun run.
Starting at the ADAPT Training Facility in Beaverton, runners follow some residential streets to the Fanno Creek Trailhead. A peaceful trail with flowers blooming, trees of all sizes lining it, a little creek and even a bridge along the way. All of this in the center of Beaverton. Finishers will receive a medallion and part of the proceeds go to the Beaverton Rotary Club and organization that supports the local community. The race is capped at 300 participants, making this a perfect event for anyone looking for something on the smaller side, but still big enough to keep it competitive.
The 10k starts at 8am from ADAPT Training on Arctic Drive. Runners follow Allen Blvd in Beaverton just past the Burgerville to the Fanno Creek Trail off of Scholls Ferry. Making its way to Denny, where it join the Fanno Creek Trail again. The course includes one short out and back on 111th before it loops back and runners head back to the Adapt training facility before it reaches Hall Blvd. The 5k starts at 8:10am and encourages both runners and walkers to participate. From the ADAPT Training Facility, participants follow a shortened version with stretches along Arctic Drive, Allen Blvd. and the Fanno Creek Trail. Still an out and back loop, runner/walkers finish at Adapt Training Facility. The Kids Dash is at 9am and is a free event for children 10 and under. The kids get to have the real fun with an obstacle event at ADAPT. The Kids Dash is free, but registration and a participation waiver are required.
Both events are chip timed by Huber Timing and medallions will be handed out at the finish line. Plan to stick around a bit and celebrate, there are some fun sponsors with this run. Make sure to register early, since the race is capped and prices increase on July 3rd. Get out and discover the Fanno Creek Trail for yourself with the Beaverton Sun Run.
When: 8am Sunday, July 23rd
Where: ADAPT Training Facility 9923 SW Arctic Drive, Beaverton
- 10k $35
- 5k $30
- Kids Dash FREE
- *Add $5 if registering after July 3rd