There are so many experiences and relationships that have been damaged over the past year. Runners and walkers have been separated from their community, and many kids in our city have been separated from their classmates and teachers. I am glad to share about a race that is providing a chance to help both these groups.
Gresham Lilac Run is celebrating its third anniversary with a weekend of races to get people involved, to keep everyone safe, and to collect donations towards kids in East Multnomah County. All proceeds from this race benefit Family of Friends Mentoring, a local non-profit that connects kids with mentors. Children from low-income backgrounds get another adult in their lives who cares about them and spends time focusing on what the kid wants. And the family has a new person in the support network.
The 5K race will be on Saturday, May 8 and then the 10K and half marathons will be on Sunday, May 9. All participants will start and finish at Main City Park. When participants sign up, they will choose from available start times. This distancing measure, along with face coverings at the start and finish, will support safety of all. Each course uses Spring Water Corridor; then the longer distances use Saddle Butte Trail and Hogan Butte Trail. These connected trails are some of the natural (and beautiful) running areas our city has to offer.
This year the Little Lilac Run will be a virtual event, so the little ones can still earn race bib and medal after going for a run with their family. Interested parents or family members should email LilacRun@GreshamOregon.gov with each child’s name and age for help in registering. If we all keep making good choices, hopefully we can run together next year.
Gresham Lilac Run (Gresham)
• When: 5K on Saturday May 8. 10K and Half Marathon on Sunday May 9. Register for start time or virtual participation.
• Where: Main City Park (219 S Main Avenue)
• Register: Online
• Packet Pick-Up: TBD
• Cost: 5K for $30. 10K for $40. Half Marathon for $60. Virtual Run for $30.