It's time to lace up those shoes, stretch those legs and get ready to run. The annual Lake Run 10k race and 5k run/walk returns for the 43rd year with a new sponsor taking the reins of one of the Lake Oswego community's most beloved events.
The 2019 Lake Run — taking place Saturday, May 11 — is presented by Northwest Housing Alternatives, a Milwaukie-based nonprofit that helps families in Clackamas County and across Oregon find affordable housing options and provides wrap-around services to help keep families housed.
Runners who have registered for the race can pick up their packets at Millennium Park Plaza Friday, May 10 from 3-7 p.m. or the morning of the race beginning at 7 a.m. The 10K race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with the 5k run/walk commencing at 8:15 a.m. The Family Fun Festival that accompanies the race will take place from 8 a.m. to noon with the Kid's Dash taking place at 10 a.m.
The route for this year's event is the same as always. Both the 10k and 5k races will start at Sundeleaf Plaza running southward down State Street. The 5k race will turn up North Shore Road to Iron Mountain Boulevard where runners will complete a short stretch before making the turn and heading back toward downtown using Berwick Road, 10th Street and Evergreen Road.
The 10k race will continue farther south down State Street, turning up onto McVey Avenue and South Shore B
oulevard before veering back toward downtown on Lakeview Boulevard, Iron Mountain Boulevard, Berwick Road, 10th Street and Evergreen Road.
The Kid's Dash — a wildly popular piece of the Lake Run allowing the entire family to join in the fun — will use a quarter-mile stretch of Evergreen Road between Second and Fourth Streets.
Northwest Housing Alternatives and LO Parks and Recreation have worked in concert with the LO Police Department to provide traffic and safety assistance along the route. Motorists and residents along the route should expect slight disruption of normal traffic between 8-10 a.m.
Northwest Housing Alternatives is excited to be the new presenting sponsor of the Lake Run for many reasons.
As the LO Women's Club disbanded at the end of 2018, it gave an opportunity for NHA to begin a new chapter in their quest to help as many Oregon families as they possibly can with a new avenue for fundraising.
Every penny from registration and sponsorships for the 2019 Lake Run will go directly toward benefitting NHA's mission and programming. Included in that is the development of affordable housing, services to help stabilize families and the renovation of the Annie Ross House — Clackamas County's only whole-family homeless shelter. In 2018, NHA co-sponsored the event and raised more than $40,000 for the redevelopment of the Annie Ross House, currently under construction just across the river in Milwaukie.
While the added revenue is an huge boost to NHA, the exposure the Lake Run will provide to the organization is just as valuable, according to Director of Resource Development and Lake Oswego resident Kristin Barber.
"There are not many nonprofits that get to be involved in an event like this. The amount of people we're able to get our issues in front of is amazing," Barber says. "There will be around 1,500 to 2,000 people out that day who will now hear about Northwest Housing Alternatives. That's huge for us as an organization."
Barber said she understands why many people in Lake Oswego might not be familiar with NHA and their mission. That's something they'd like to change.
According to data from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Oregon ranks as one of the worst states for homelessness. In 2018, there were more than 14,400 homeless individuals living in Oregon. Of that total, approximately 1,108 of those were family households, 1,363 were veterans and 1,309 were unaccompanied young adults.
HUD data shows that there are more than 22,000 children currently in the public school system who have experienced homelessness at one point or another.
Homelessness in Clackamas County doesn't look like what you'd imagine when you think of Portland or Multnomah County. Many of those experiencing homelessness here in Clackamas County are families who've fallen on hard times or had a crisis that left them destabilized, Barber says, and those families live in every community and every school district in Clackamas County — even Lake Oswego.
"There's a lot of people who aren't familiar with affordable housing who might feel it's disruptive to their community," she says. "We're excited to come into Lake Oswego and show them we've had two properties out here and most people don't even know we're here. Affordable housing can really be an asset to a community, so we're happy to have the opportunity to show people that."
Whether you're running against your own personal record, running with your friends and family, or just running to run, with NHA as the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Lake Run you'll also be helping to provide support for thousands of Oregon families, both here in Clackamas County and beyond. So grab tighten those laces, limber up and get ready to help support our fellow
Oregonians when you participate in the 43rd annual Lake Run.
For more information visit lakeoswegolakerun.org.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: The 43rd annual Lake Run
WHERE: Millennium Plaza Park
WHEN: Saturday, May 11 — registration begins at 7 a.m., 10k race at 8 a.m., 5k run/walk at 8:15 a.m.
WHY: Supporting the mission of Northwest Housing Alternatives, presenting sponsor for the 2019 Lake Run
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