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First 'Run For Shelter' coming to Forest Grove Oct. 8

A unique running and walking event — a fundraiser for the Temporary Emergency Shelter at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ — is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Run/Walk For Shelter, a 5K and 1-mile run-walk and “Tot Trot,” will start and finish at Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane.

Event coordinators Elena Parker of Forest Grove and Ralph Brown of Cornelius estimate as many as 500 people could gather to support the shelter — which provides overnight respite for homeless people during the very cold winter months — and advocate for low-income housing in western Washington County.

The Temporary Emergency Shelter was formerly known as the Severe Weather Shelter.

Sponsors of the race are the Forest Grove UCC and Sonrise Church Forest Grove. Participants will receive official race results and awards, snacks and prizes.

The run-walk is unique in that participants can set their registration fee as a direct donation to support the shelter — there is no predetermined fee as in other races. Pre-registration is now available online at http://cudatiming.com/index.php/fgucc5k. Event-day registration is also available.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Parker at 503-357-9121 or Brown at 503-357-2075, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..