Lake Run raises dollars for local scholarships and needy families

The Women’s Club Lake Run is approaching fast.

The 37th annual race on Saturday in Millennium Plaza Park raises dollars for local families in need and supports community service-minded students. Organizers aim to draw 1,500 to 1,700 runners, a jump from last year’s 1,200 to 1,300 runners.

The fundraising goal is $100,000, $22,000 more than last year, Lake Run Sponsorship Chairwoman Kari Borgen said.

The Women’s Club has reworked the longest run’s route, dropping it from a 12K to a 10K. The 5K, half-mile kids dash for children 11 and younger and mile walk routes remain the same, Lake Run Chairwoman Diana Del Garbino said. Runners and walkers can pre-register on the club’s website,

At the Lake Run’s Family Fun Festival, there will be children’s activities such as airbrush face-painting, a Lakeridge High School football team obstacle course and Lake Oswego High School cheer team cheering lessons. Food booths and local businesses will also be on hand.

Proceeds support local students and survivors of domestic violence.

Women’s Club funds benefit groups such as the Children’s Center in Clackamas County, a nonprofit offering medical assessments for children in cases of suspected abuse; and Clackamas Women’s Services, the only shelter in the county for women and children trying to escape domestic violence.

Lake Run dollars also fund three $1,000 college scholarships per year for Lake Oswego and West Linn students who perform an exemplary level of community service.

Community leaders founded the Women’s Club, a nonprofit group of volunteers, in 1974. The group started documenting its community donations in 1991, tallying a history of giving of $1.8 million since then.

How to attend

When: Saturday. Registration is 7 to 8 a.m.; 10K starts at 8:30 a.m.; 5K starts at 8:45 a.m.; kids dash is at 10:30 a.m.; and awards will be given out at 10:45 a.m.

Where: Millennium Plaza Park, First Street and Evergreen Road

Cost: Mile walk, $20; 5K, $30; 10K, $40; family package with three 5Ks and two kids dash entries, $85; teams of five or more pay $4 less per person

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