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Inner Southeast neighborhoods were recognized for supporting Marathon runners, but Brooklhn was 1

RITA A. LEONARD - Brooklyn merchants threw themselves into the Cheer Challenge contest - as shown by this mural painted temporarily on the front of Rainbow Painting, 4126 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, to encourage the passing Portland Marathon runners. As she reported the result, Cheryl Crowe channeled her neighbors' enthusiasm for cheering Portland Marathon runners as they ran through Brooklyn, on their way to the finish of the race.

At a meeting of the Brooklyn Action Corps, Crowe revealed that the OHSU "Neighborhood Cheer Challenge" promised to donate funds to the community that displayed the most enthusiasm for runners' efforts, and in the subsequent ballot filled out by the race's participants, Brooklyn won the top kprize in the city of $1,000!

Brooklyn neighbors participated in a variety of ways. Some gathered in groups, with bells, tambourines, and vocal cheers; others held balloons, and gave high fives; yet others handed out water and snacks at the Aid Station; and a few even ran alongside competitors, urging them to persist up the steep slope of S.E. Franklin Street.

At the Aid Station, volunteers reported that the Marathon had provided a donation to help fund Brooklyn's Summer Youth Program in Brooklyn Park.

Earlier in the week, some businesses along Milwaukie Avenue decorated their storefronts with murals and other signs of support. Neighbors also gathered about a week prior to the race to create an eye-catching collection of amusing and encouraging signs to post along the Marathon route.

At Rose City Coffee Company, volunteer musicians from Artichoke Music gathered to present live music for the passing crowds. Organized by volunteer Ed Rosney, the groups included the Martingale Band; Bass Pancake, a jazz combo of Cleveland High Students; The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra; and The True Bluesers.

And it was through all these efforts that the Brooklyn neighborhood garnered the most impressive response cheering for the runners, and the top prize in the citywide contest.


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