The Ladybug Run turns 6 this year! This is a popular, family-friendly run/walk around and in Cook Park in Tigard that acts a fundraiser for the Ladybug CDH Foundation. I did not know about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) until I ran the race last year; here’s how the Foundation describes it:
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a birth defect that occurs in about one in every 2,500 live births. It is characterized by the development, very early in gestation, of a hole in the diaphragm, the breathing muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. The hole occurs most commonly on the left side. As a result, the intestines and other organs in the abdomen can move into the chest and compress the developing lungs. This prevents the lungs from growing and developing normally, which can cause reduced blood flow to the lungs and pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the pulmonary circulation).
CDH is extremely serious and dangerous; the infant mortality rate from CDH is 50%. Last year, the Ladybug Run raised over $30,000 for the Ladybug CDH Foundation, thanks to generous sponsors who covered the costs of the race. All net proceeds from this race go to the Ladybug CDH Foundation.
This year’s edition takes place on July 29, starting at 8 am. Race distances include 5K, 10K, and a two-person 10K relay. The 10K course is not two loops of the 5K; rather, as seen in the course map, the 5K takes participants through the nearby residential neighborhood before returning to Cook Park, while the second half of the 10K takes runners into Tualatin Community Park and Durham City Park.
I was able to run this race last year and here’s my main takeaway: “When a race is well-organized, it sometimes goes unnoticed. Pretty much everything about the Ladybug Run went off without a hitch. I had looked at the race map ahead of time, so I had a sense of what to expect, but it would have been easy to follow because of the clear markings and ample course volunteers. I really liked having a new back half of the 10K course that was different from the 5K. Double loop courses have their advantages too, but there’s something nice about getting to see new scenery. I can totally see why this is such a popular summer race!”
Ladybug Run for CDH Awareness
When: July 29, 2017, at 8 am.
Where: Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Avenue, Tigard
Register: Online here ($45 for 5K, $50 for 10K, $90 for 10K relay; all will also add a $3 fee).
Pre-race packet pickup: July 26, from 3 pm to 6:30 pm, at the Portland Road Runner Sports (29 NW 23rd Place), or July 27, from 4 pm to 7 pm, at the Tualatin Road Runners Sports (7063 SW Nyberg Street)