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Community, kids to race for the arts

Pull on your sneakers and your brightest T-shirt, and get ready to Race for the Arts.

This brand-new run will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at Hillsboro’s Liberty High School and benefits Young Audiences of Oregon, a Portland-based nonprofit. The Race for the Arts features a 10K run, 5K run/walk and a 1K kids’ dash.

Strollers are welcome on the course. This family-friendly event includes live music, a kids’ Art Zone hosted by the Portland Children’s Museum, free post-race refreshments and on-course aid stations.

“We are thrilled to put together this day of family fun to celebrate and support art, community, and physical activity,” said Young Audiences Executive Director Denis Hickey. “There’s nothing more fun than gathering friends and family for running, music, and arts projects.”

Day-of-race registration opens at 7 a.m. The 10K run begins at 9 a.m., the 5K at 9:20 a.m. and the 1K dash at 10:15. The Art Zone will open at 9 a.m.

Advance registration is available at ya-or.org/race. All registrations include a technical T-shirt and goodie bag. Advance packet pick-up will take place Sept. 12 at Sports Authority Clackamas and Sept. 13 at Sports Authority Beaverton.

Awards will be announced at 10:30 a.m. with prizes given to the top-finishing male and female in the 10K and 5K races.

This first Race for the Arts event builds on the success of Young Audiences’ in-school Run For The Arts, which has raised more than $14 million for in-school arts programs since its inception in 1977.

Proceeds work to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

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