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Race Preview: 2019 Forest Grove Lions Run/Walk for Sight & Hearing (Forest Grove)

I owe a great deal to optometrists. I’ve worn glasses since I was in kindergarten and would be sufficiently blind without good people advancing the science of eyeballs (I believe that’s the correct jargon). Fortunately, the Lions Club shares both my love of running and my appreciation of optometry, and they are combining both (as well as an appreciation of audiology) in the Forest Grove Lions Run/Walk for Sight & Hearing. The Lions Club has a long history of community service, and two forms of this are their eyeglass recycling program and hearing aid recycling program.

At the Forest Grove Lions Run/Walk for Sight & Hearing, participants can complete a 5k or 10k. The race will be held on Saturday, September 14 and it begins and ends on the Pacific University campus (which means access to campus parking lots and restrooms). There will be water and snacks at the finish line, and 10k runners will have water mid-race. Runners and walkers of all paces are encouraged to join, and dogs, strollers and arm-powered wheelchairs are also welcome. Proceeds of the event go to fund scholarships, purchase vision clinic equipment and assist the Pacific University AMIGOS program of non-profit optometric services.

We all know running helps your heart and the Lions Club works to help people’s sight and hearing. Come run or walk with the Lions Club because even someone as nearsighted as me can see that combining all three is wonderful for the community.

What: Forest Grove Lions Run/Walk for Sight & Hearing

Distance: 5k, 10k

Where: Pacific University College of Optometry (2221 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116)

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Packet Pick Up: Friday, September 13, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in front of the Pacific University College of Optometry (2221 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116)

Start Time:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10k run and 5k walk
  • 9:15 a.m. – 5k run

Cost: ($5 discount for students)

  • 5k run/walk – $35
  • 10k run – $35
  • Race day registration all events – $45

Registration: Online no later than Thursday, September 5 or on site day of race between 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

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About Kate Ellingsen (20 Articles)
Running brings me immense joy and peace. Like the fabled tortoise, my pace is slow and steady. I ran my first marathon in 2011, then lost my focus following a cross country move in 2012, gradually working my way back to 26.2 miles. I have no aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics or even Boston. The road is big enough for all runners, and my only goal is to be happy and well. Location: Portland, OR 26.2 x 6 13.1 x 11

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