Race Preview: Inaugural 5k Foot Pursuit (Keizer) – Planned by an amazing Special Olympics athlete

The inaugural 5k Foot Pursuit is coming to Keizer Rapids Park (a great neglected spot for a race) this summer. The Keizer Police Department is leading the event and registration fees will go to awareness and for Special Olympics Marion County. As a Keizer-ite, I am aware that the KPD has been supporting the Special Olympics for a long time. They recently relayed an awesome story regarding this event:

Recently we have had the good fortune of getting to know an inspiring local athlete named Jenny Hill. Jenny is a long-time Special Olympics athlete and medalist whose character, attitude, and work ethic serve as an incredible example to us all! Jenny has been involved in the planning of KPD’s 5K Foot Pursuit from the very beginning, and her gratitude and excitement have encouraged us along the way.

Jenny has introduced us to many of her teammates and friends who, like Jenny, have benefited greatly from their participation in Special Olympics. Intellectual disabilities present unique challenges for Special Olympics participants, but the athletes we’ve met confront these challenges head-on. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support such a great group of citizens.

Jenny is excited about the 5K Foot Pursuit “because it would be a good opportunity for people to learn about Special Olympics and to show our relationship with the [Keizer] Police Department. She says, “I used to be afraid of police officers, but because I get to know them when they help Special Olympics, I’m not afraid anymore, and I think other athletes feel the same way.”

5k Course

The 5k will start and finish at the park, but will meander alongside some of Keizer’s sleepy neighborhood streets. This should be an awesome event. There will also be tons for the kids, so bring your entire family. After the event, there will be free hotdogs, as well as an inflatable obstacle course, face and rock painting, policy and fire vehicles, and vendors to keep everyone entertained.

Follow the event on Facebook here.

5k Foot Pursuit (Keizer)
When: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Where: Keizer Rapids Park
Register: Online here; $25

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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