Time for Adventure in Scappoose
The Scappoose Adventure Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 10.
The event kicked off in the morning with the Run With Neil 1k, 6k and 10k run.
There were 388 runners, including 124 kids, according to Sarah Waud-Elrod, vice president of Run With Neil.
Waud-Elrod said she was still totaling how much the race raised for Run With Neil, which supports youth athletics and mental health, but the race raised more than it did in its first year, 2021, when it generated about $10,000.
Local high school students and recent graduates took top spots in the 6k. Gage Ekstrom, a 2021 Scappoose High School graduate, took first, followed by 17-year-old Kittridge Dominguez from St. Helens in second and 17-year-old Talbot Friesen from Scappoose in third.
In the 10k, 22-year-old Scappoose High School alumni John Kavulich took first. Andrew Morton, a 19-year-old Scappoose alumni, took second. Steven Hallstone, a 35-year-old Portlander, took third.
Scappoose High School runners, many of whom were teammates with Neil Hoffmann before his death in 2020, came out in big numbers for the race.
The Adventure Festival also featured live music, with performances by The Weiners, the Macey Gard Band, and Full Zoo.
Isaac Butman, assistant to the Scappoose city manager and the lead city staff member for the Adventure Festival, said the event team did not yet have attendance numbers or other data compiled from the event, as of Monday, Sept. 12.
Both the city's centennial celebration, which took place in 2021, and the Adventure Festival were undermined by the weather. The 2021 celebration took place in mid-August, when temperatures were in the 90s and wildfires were burning from Canada down to southern California, leading to poor air quality. This year's celebration took place during a red flag warning due to hot, dry and windy weather, and while air quality was considered unhealthy due to wildfire smoke in the atmosphere.
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