Make a Day of It: An Historic Evening with Anne Frank’s Stepsister in Salem

Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

The next installment of this series is the An Historic Evening with Anne Frank’s Stepsister in Salem.

We here at Run Oregon feel that running can be the great equalizer. Running is for everyone, from all walks of life, from all different religions, races, and sexual orientations. When runners are out there on the roads, trails, or treadmills – we are all working together in the same basic action of putting one foot in front of the other with a goal in mind. Those goals themselves may look different depending on the person, but we are all interconnected in the journey.

First the running:

As this event takes place on the Willamette University campus, there are plenty of running locations within a mile or so. The campus itself is pretty small and almost perfectly square. In fact, if you start on any surrounding street and complete a loop, you will hit just over a mile. I’d recommend doing it a few times and then straying into the paved paths through the campus for a little variety and to see some really cool places on this liberal arts college (and my alma mater). If you are looking for more trails, head just south of the main campus to Bush Park for a variety of well-maintained bark trails. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump down Winter Street.

More about the Event:

This event, hosted by Chabad Center for Jewish Life, is the second of a 2-stop event series (February 20 in Portland and February 22 in Salem) for Eva Schloss, a childhood friend and stepsister of Anne Frank. Yes, that Anne Frank.

At the age of eight, Eva became friends with Anne, playing hopscotch and drinking lemonade together. Her sensational story is difficult to imagine, yet it reminds us that life is precious and fragile, that the power of good is immeasurable, and that love make a difference.

I’m guessing that at least part of the reason you run each day is to do some level of self-care and get away from the ills and stresses of daily life. I hate to be cliché, but with the way the world currently seems to moving on any given day, I think it’s unequivocally necessary to surround yourself with good and choose love over hate.  Obviously, this historic night will showcase some hard to imagine times in world history, but also illustrate some themes and topics that we really need to keep in the forefront of our minds each day.

In addition to the event (which is only a surprising $25!), there is also a VIP option to meet Eva in person on the night prior. It costs a little more, but pictures with her will be had and she will be signing her book (which comes complimentary with this option). That option is sure to be amazing. Follow the event on Facebook.

Being a Christian, I don’t necessarily have the direct connection to Anne Frank’s story, or at least not as much as a Jewish individual would. But really, that’s all the more reason to hear the story, understand the faith, and seek to continually learn from – and about – others who are different then me. Running, you may feel, is your religion, but we should all attempt to grow together. We all toe the same starting line and triumphantly cross the same finish after all.

Date & Time:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 7-9pm
    • VIP Option on Wednesday, February 21st at 730pm


Cost: Purchase tickets here:

  • $25 – General Admission
  • $20 – Signed Copy of Eva’s book
  • $180 – VIP Ticket (includes event, signed book, meet & greet)


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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