A healthy way to start July 4
Prior to igniting fireworks and grilling hot dogs, parents and kids will wake up at the crack of dawn on the nation's holiday to race around Wilsonville during the annual Oregon Road Runners Club's "5 on the 4th" race.
The event, which starts at Metro Graphics, includes a Kids Fun Run that will begin at 8:45 a.m. and a five-kilometer run that will take off at 9 a.m. The event is free for ORRC members and for participants in the kids run and costs $26 for participants in the 5K run. The 5K course starts at Metro Graphics, heads toward Costco and loops back to Metro Graphics. Medals and ribbons will also be awarded.
Alan Smith, the ORRC vice president of the membership and technology team, encourages runners and walkers of all skill levels to participate. Costumes are also welcome.
"I use the word low-key. It's definitely a family sort of event," Smith said. "It's a nice event for people to start off their July 4th holiday, get some exercise before picnics, parades and fireworks get going."
The event also allows participants to donate to Reason to Run, a running program for Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates that provides inmates with running gear after they leave prison, during the registration process.
"It's helping women through running, which ties in nicely with the mission of our club," Smith said.
During the event, items such as water bottles, food and running equipment will be raf-