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Run on the River 2017 nears

Published on May 18, 2017 12:01AM

Runners at a previous race take off along the Columbia River.

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Runners at a previous race take off along the Columbia River.

ASTORIA — The fourth annual Run on the River — a 5K, 10K and half marathon for walkers, joggers and serious runners — will take place the morning of Sunday, May 21, on the Astoria Riverwalk Trail.

Half marathon runner begin at 8:30 a.m., 10K-ers at 10 a.m., and 5K-ers at 11 a.m.

The event is organized by the Astoria Parks, Recreation and Community Foundation, whose mission is to create “partnerships for health and community.”

After the race, runners enjoy a meal and beverage provided by Buoy Beer, the title sponsor. The top three finishers in each male and female age group will receive donated local prizes. All participants will receive a hand-blown glass medallion from Fernhill Glass and an event t-shirt. The overall winner will receive a cash prize.

The foundation board works with local businesses to sponsor the event, and with the city’s parks and rec staff to organize it.

Proceeds from the run fund parks department scholarships, which historically came from the city’s budget. The scholarship money serves low-income children, families and seniors for their health-related parks activities, such as swimming lessons, tee-ball and water-aerobics.

Such financial assistance allows hundreds of community members to access athletic programs. Last year, the foundation raised more than $20,000 and hope to exceed that amount this year.

To sign up, or volunteer during the race, visit astoriaparks.com.


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