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The event is designed to raise money for Northwest Housing Alternatives, an organization that provides affordable housing across the state

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Lake Oswego Lake Run has returned to an in-person event this year.

While there will also be a virtual component, the in-person portion of the Lake Oswego Lake Run — designed to raise money for Northwest Housing Alternatives affordable housing initiatives — is returning Sunday, June 5, at Millennium Plaza Park after a two-year hiatus.

This year's event features the standard 5-kilometer run, a 10K and a kids dash, as well as a festival that will include food carts, beer, a DJ, kids games, a face-painter and more.

The 10K race is a loop around Oswego Lake and starts at 8 a.m., while the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. and the Kids Dash begins at 10 a.m. In the virtual run, attendees can do the same route and time themselves.

The event used to be held the weekend before Mother's Day, but Northwest Housing Alternatives changed the date for when the weather is a little nicer in hopes that it will garner more attendees.

"(It's about) bringing people back together again to support housing needs in our community, and we expanded the festival to make it more of an all-day, family activity. Even if you're not in the run, I encourage people to come out to the festival because there's a lot of things they will be able to do there," organizer Kristin Barber said.

Northwest Housing Alternatives is one of the largest affordable housing providers in Oregon and offers homeless services as well. It also runs multiple senior living facilities in Lake Oswego.

"Unfortunately, the need for housing in Clackamas County is higher than ever before. The costs are incredibly high right now, inflation is up, housing costs have not gone down," Barber said. "The need is very great. We're a county that doesn't have as many resources as Multnomah, so this event is really important to providing specific support to Clackamas County."

PMG FILE PHOTO - The run will take place Sunday, June 5.

Barber said she hopes the return of the event also will bring back a sense of community.

"It will be good to get out and see people again. There will be a bunch of activities and events at the festival and a way to give back and help their fellow residents," she said. "It's a tangible way to give back to their community."

For more information on the event, visit https://lakeoswegolakerun.org.


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