Race Preview: 2020 Suddenly Sleepy Sleepwalk 5K (Eugene)

Although I’m a runner, I can definitely embrace my lazy side, so any excuse / reason to stay in my pajamas all day is a win! Pairing that with fundraising for an important cause, and it’s the perfect combo! The Suddenly Sleepy Sleepwalk 5K is on on Sunday, March 8 and is a race to raise awareness and funds to help those affected by narcolepsy. Participants are encouraged to wear pajamas or kid-friendly cosplay!

Narcolepsy is a medical disorder that affects one (1) in approximately every 2,000 people in the United States. Some of Narcolepsy’s key symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, sudden microsleeps, and disrupted nighttime sleep. Andre Royal Sr. has made it his mission to take on Narcolepsy as a cause worth fighting for. This event is a fundraiser to help establish a local non-profit organization and bring support to our community.

The Suddenly Sleepy 5K Sleepwalk was founded in 2018 by “Chef Andre Royal” to raise funds to help those affected by Narcolepsy and various sleep disorders. In 2019 “Suddenly Sleepy” became an Oregon Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) that now provides fun and engaging ways to support educational opportunities and continues to raise awareness of the importance of quality sleep. Lack of quality sleep is becoming much more recognized as it affects not just those who’ve been diagnosed with sleep disorders such as Narcolepsy- but is important to the overall health and wellness of the community as a whole.

The race starts / ends at Alton Baker park in Eugene and is a simple loop course, passing Autzen Stadium, crossing the Willamette River and following the bike path back to the park. Click here for a course map. There will be water stops along the route and snacks at the finish line! Our friends at Eclectic Edge Racing will be there providing chip-timed results, as well.

The event begins at 11 AM, so sleep in and then simply rock up to the park as you are! Hope you can make it!


Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
11:00 AM
Alton Baker Park | Eugene, OR
$20 adult; $15 Seniors Age 60+; $10 Youth 12 and Under (add $5 for day-of registration)
Online here


About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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