Sunday event features 5k, 10k, kids' run courses through Central Beaverton

Fundraising-oriented runners will hit the streets for the second-annual Beaverton Rotary Sun Run on Sunday, July 27, at 8 a.m. beginning at Griffith Park, across the street from City Hall at 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive.

The events includes a 5k, 10k and "Kids' Dash" events to accommodate ultra-competitive runners, walkers and everything in between.

This year the Beaverton Rotary Foundation is raising money for the Beaverton Police Activities League and HomePlate Youth Services.

Last year's run attracted nearly 300 participants last year and raised more than $10,000 for the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's Champions Too sports field and other organizations supported by the Beaverton Rotary Foundation.

This year's course has changed to a more scenic route from Beaverton City Hall/Griffith Park, south on 5th Street past the Beaverton City Library on to Schiffler Park before looping back to the finish, noted organizer and Rotary member Patrick Flynn.

A significant addition to this year's event is the Sun Run High School Challenge in which participants have the ability to indicate their favorite high school in the Beaverton School District. The school with the most participants will be awarded $1,000.

Joe's Burgers will provide breakfast burgers with other sponsors will be supplying giveaway items, food and prizes. The awards ceremony will feature grand-prize packages valued at more than $500. Other prizes will be awarded randomly.

"You could walk the race and walk away with an awesome prize," Flynn said.

The Kids' Dash is free and all participants will be awarded medals.

"Last year was so much fun," he added. "Kids loved it and the high end runners really enjoyed the professionalism of the race."

The race features chip-timing and a public address system with announcements and music.

"It's a lot of fun, and it's an event that can really bring the community together," Flynn said. "Have fun. Raise some money for our community. Eat a burger. What could be better?"

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