The city's 100th birthday include fundraising run in memory of Neil Hoffmann

COURTESY GRAPHIC: CITY OF SCAPPOOSE - The Scappoose centennial celebration will take place Aug. 13-14.Plans for the Scappoose centennial celebration this summer now include a run to support the Neil Hoffmann memorial track project.

The city's 100th birthday will be honored with events on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14. The run will take place on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 14.

A 1k (or 0.6-mile) run/walk will loop around the residential block above Veterans Park. The longer routes, 6k and 10k, will start near Veterans Park, pass through Scappoose together, and then split at the intersection of Southwest E.M. Watts and Dutch Canyon roads.

A flyer for the run says the 10k route is the "crown jewel" which passes through the wooded hillside of Scappoose and ends with views of Cascade peaks.

Fees for the race will go toward the projects benefiting the Scappoose High School track, in memory of Neil Hoffmann. Hoffmann, a junior at Scappoose High School and avid runner, died last October.

Registration for the 1k race is $5. The 6k race will cost $20, while the 10k race is $35.

"Neil was a dedicated runner who had incredibly big dreams for Scappoose High School's track program as well as the greater community," a flyer for the run states. "Through his dedication and determination, Neil found great joy and peace while running. This is something he desired for others as well. His dream was to have a facility that would bring athletes and spectators of all ages to a place they could thrive and feel proud to call their own."

As the two-day celebration approaches, organizers have announced a number of other events, including a cornhole tournament, car show, parade, live music, movies in the park and more. A beer garden and vendors will also be present.

The city hosted a competition for an event logo earlier this year. Now, organizers are hosting an essay competition, asking students in the fourth through 12th grades to "consider where we've been and where we're going; write to share your creative ideas that explore the future of Scappoose."

The deadline for submissions is June 7. More information on the run, essay contest, and other events planned for the centennial is available at

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