If you’ve ever grown your own vegetable garden, you know that often the harvest looks a little dodgy, but it still tastes great. The same thing happens to commercial vegetable growers, and a lot of the “ugly fruit” goes to waste in the field. Salem Harvest is an organization that harvest these fruits and vegetables and makes them available to hungry families in the Salem area.
The Race to Save the Harvest 5k/3k run raises funds for Salem Harvest. The event is open to runners and walkers, and registration is discounted for children ages 5-12. The run starts and ends at Salem’s Riverfront Park, the course takes participants from the Pavillion across the pedestrian bridge to Minto Island for an easy out and back run. The 5k will have three water stations, the 3k has one at its turnaround point.
After the race, enjoy some healthy and delicious snacks and drinks, and enjoy the booths where “local businesses, non-profits and government agencies will be sharing information and kid friendly activities around the the themes of reducing hunger, eating healthy and not wasting food.” Registration is now open online here, so be sure to register before June 21 to be guaranteed the awesome event shirt.
Race to Save the Harvest details:
When: Saturday, July 14
Where: Salem’s Riverfront Park (map)
What: 5k run/walk; 3k run/walk
Registration: online here
Registration cost: Adults – $20; Children (12 and under) – $12
Registration includes: race entry, event shirt, post-race food and drink.
Packet Pickup: Thursday, July 12 4-6pm at Gallagher Fitness Resources, 135 Commercial St NE, and on the morning of the event.