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Socially distanced event nets $22,623 for Family of Friends Mentoring, drawing runners from coast to coast

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Participants in the 2020 Gresham Lilac Run charted their own courses. Over the weekend, nearly 700 participants laced up their running shoes for a distanced community run in support of a local nonprofit organization.

The Gresham Lilac Run, presented by Unitus Community Credit Union, took place virtually over the weekend, from June 6-8. The second-annual 5K run/walk, 10K and half marathon normally would have been held on April 18 and been centered on a course snaking through Gresham. But because of concerns around COVID-19, runners created their own routes in 12 different states, including one runner as far away as North Carolina.

Because of the support from sponsors, the city donated all runner fees to nonprofit Family of Friends Mentoring, which connects children across East Multnomah County with dedicated mentors. Family of Friends received $22,623 from the 2020 Lilac Run.

The sponsors included Unitus, Owens Corning, Konell Construction and Demolition Corp., Element Six, The Smile Generation, Migration Brewing Co., Tailor Johnson with NextHome NW Realty, Eastwind Running and Endurance, Country Coffee Gresham, Bob's Red Mill, Jake Boyd with Farmers Insurance, Orange Theory Gresham, Chris Cakes NW and Zulu Audio.

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