For the second time since 2015, love and joy rule the morning for a 5K run/walk, a 1K kids' run - and bubbles and rainbows galore

NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ -  006: Volunteers lead youngsters in a rousing rendition of the chicken dance before the run.Nearly 800 people gathered at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School in Forest Grove Saturday, July 1, for the second Love Rocks Run honoring two sisters who spread love and joy.

On Oct. 20, 2013, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson "went to heaven," as their parents, Susan Dieter-Robinson and Tom Robinson, like to say. The girls left behind a legacy of love, joy and compassion — and a particular craft that expressed those feelings: Love Rocks, small smooth stones onto which colorful fabric hearts have been decoupaged. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Jacob Green opens a bag containing a love rock, a little gift received by everyone who completes the Love Rocks Run. New rocks have been created and spread all over the world in honor of the sisters.

A total count of proceeds from this year's event was not available by press time, but the funds will be distributed to the Western Washington County Firefighters Association, the Forest Grove School District's backpack and summer food programs, the Closet Green clothing closet sponsored by Sonrise Church in Forest Grove and the Temporary Emergency Shelter in western Washington County.

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Jacob Green ran in the kids fun run and shows off the love rocks he was given after the race."I have no doubt my girls were smiling in heaven on Saturday," Dieter-Robinson said Sunday, "but I bet they smile every day at all the love and joy that is shared by this great community."NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Bill Huff holds his daughter Heidi as she receives a high five from Star Wars storm trooper Luke Killam/character Rey. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Addy Lawson blows bubbles by the table full of love rocks as 5K runners finish the race behind her.NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - 005: Miles Besse was fascinated with the giant rainbow stripe on the road and the bubbles floating in the air near the finish line. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - 007: A group of older runners poses for a selfie with a Star Wars Storm Trooper. 008: A dad pins a runner number on his daughter. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - 008: A dad pins a runner number on his daughter. NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Kids and their parents race towards a mini obstacle course at the start of the kid's fun run. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Kids ages 7 and under and their parents run during the second heat of the kid's fun run at the 2017 Love Rocks Run on July 1. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Star Wars characters provided heaps of fun, play and high fives for kids at the Love Rocks Run. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Addy Lawson twirls and skips with her friend as the kids warm up before the fun run. NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Ella Olsen (right) gets water and stickers from Tessa Nelson after the race. Nelson is the assistant manager at the local Dutch Bros and provides the runners with cold water.

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