The MLK Dream Run has a new start and finish this year, but continues to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. ‘I have a Dream’ speech with a 5k, 10k or 15k Geoff Hollister Tribute and benefits the NNEBA Fellows Youth Entrepreneurship Program. Participants will start and finish at the green space at the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and NE Rosa Parks Way on Sunday, September 24th. Runners/Walkers will start in waves and the course is chip timed as well as USATF certified. This event celebrates the revitalization of the Soul of Portland and honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with an urban run an opportunity to carry on his legacy.
The 5k costs $40 and will run the historic area around Jefferson High School and Peninsula Park, taking in the rich urban landscape. The 10k costs $55 and runs through the Soul of Portland, with the artistic Alberta Arts community, Irvington neighborhood and Peninsula Park. The 15k costs $65 and runs the same course with a little bonus. The 10k and 15k get to take in the Mississippi Hill that begins at the bottom of NE Russell. The 15k gives a nod to Geoff Hollister, a NIKE legend who ran under Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon and joined Phil Knight in the early years. Winners of the 15k will receive a special Geoff Hollister t-shirt that symbolizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Geoff Hollister, two men who dreamed the impossible and inspired others to do the same. All participants will receive post race goodies, including a beer from Widmer Bros Brewing, for those 21 and over, raffle tickets to win prizes and a swag bag full of discounts. The winner in each division over 21 will win their weight in Widmer Beer. Music, food and entertainment will be at the finish line until 11:00am. Tillamook grilled cheese sandwiches on Dave’s Killer Bread will be waiting at the finish line too and entertainment will be along the course AND at the after party.
“The NNEBA Fellows, is a program for youth entrepreneurs ranging in ages 18-26. These young people play a primary role in producing this The MLK DreamRun –a world class USATF sanctioned event. Operated under the umbrella of the The N/NE Business Association’s board & its members the primary goals of the NNEBA Fellows program are designed to help disadvantaged youth improve and expand skills that come from operating successful businesses and organizations and use these skills to procure better employment and higher education opportunities. Simultaneously their work plan helps both connect them with the business community while leaving a sustainable and positive impact in the community.”
The Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Run on September 24th is a great opportunity to help the community and keep the dream alive. It’s also a chance to run in a fun Portland spot that doesn’t offer a lot of organized running events. Run it to get inspired or to help others, either way everyone wins.
What: Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Run 5k, 10k and 15k
When: Sunday, September 24th gates open at 6am
Where: 6431 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland