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Eastwind runners host fourth annual Resolution Relay at Boring Station Trailhead

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Athletes of all abilities are welcome at the Resolution Relay on Dec. 29. While many seem to be anxiously awaiting the end of 2019, Eastwind Running and Endurance Club members plan to literally run into 2020.

For the fourth year, the club will host its Resolution Relay with start time at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Boring Station Trailhead Park, 28008 Keller Road, Boring. The event, besides being a fun way for adrenaline junkies and running enthusiasts to celebrate the coming of the new year, is a fundraiser for the club's scholarship program.

Every year the club awards two scholarships — one for $2,500 and another for $2,000 — to graduates of East County high schools, including Sandy, Estacada and Clackamas. Applicants are simply asked to write a two-answer essay about the role of physical fitness in their lives.

"Part of our philosophy is we're not here to become all-star runners, we're here to help people attain whatever physical fitness goal they want to achieve," said club president Claudia Peterson. "We're community oriented."

COURTESY PHOTO: CLAUDIA PETERSON - The Resolution Relay includes contests for costumes and resolutions besides running times. The club recently reached a goal itself of raising $5,000 dedicated to purchasing an adaptive racing chariot for the Ainsley's Angels organization — a nonprofit founded to couple runners (angels) with people with disabilities, or athlete riders, to allow riders the experience of a race. Athlete riders are often involved in the Resolution Relay as well, coming out to enjoy the thrill of the race and also support Eastwind.

"It's a fun event," Peterson said.

The event includes a costume contest for teams and individual runners, with prizes available for best costume and/or best resolution.

People can compete alone or in teams of two, three and four. The race is BYOB — bring your own baton.

"The race supports a good cause, and a lot of people participate because of that," Peterson added. "I think people enjoy races where the money supports an effort they can get behind."

Registration is available online until Dec. 28 at runsignup.com/Race/OR/Boring/ResolutionRelayBYOBBringYourOwnBaton. Those who sign-up before Dec. 13 can reserve a commemorative T-shirt.


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