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Registration underway for Lake Run; Respond to Racism sets next meeting for April 9

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Run participants may start on flat downtown roads, but the annual event is really known for its hilly terrain and breathtaking views.

Registration underway for Lake Run

Registration is now underway for the 42nd-annual Lake Run, a three-pronged event that draws serious athletes, casual joggers and a gaggle of energetic kids to Lake Oswego every spring.

More than 1,500 runners are expected to descend on downtown Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 12, for the event, which is sponsored by the Lake Oswego Women's Club. The race has raised more than $2 million for charity since its inception, and organizers hope to raise more money this year to help Northwest Housing Alternatives expand its Annie Ross House — "the only shelter in Clackamas County for homeless families," says Tamara Vanderpool, volunteer chair of the 2018 Lake Run.

"In the past two years," Vanderpool says, "75 families have stayed in the Annie Ross House, so the need for the rebuild is critical."

Proceeds from the Lake Run also help to fund scholarships for outstanding community service that go to local high school students.

In addition to a Family Fun Festival in Millennium Plaza Park, race day will include:

A 10K race that starts on State Street at Sundeleaf Plaza, climbs McVey Avenue and proceeds along South Shore Boulevard around Oswego Lake to Iron Mountain Boulevard before plunging downhill to Millennium Plaza Park;

A 5K that meanders around Lakewood Bay and onto North Shore Road and Iron Mountain Boulevard before finishing on Evergreen Road; and

A two-block Kids' Dash that starts on Evergreen Road at Second Street and ends under a big balloon arch.

Participants can register for the Lake Run at www.lowomensclub.org and keep up to date with new developments on the event's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LOWC.LakeRun. The Lake Oswego Women's Club is currently looking for additional run sponsors. Interested organizations or businesses should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Respond to Racism sets next meeting

Organizers of Respond to Racism, a grassroots effort to gather the community for a discussion about racism and discrimination in Lake Oswego, have announced that they will hold the next in an ongoing series of meetings on Monday, April 9.

Liberty Miller and Willie Poinsette organized the original event in July in response to a blog post about a racist road-rage incident in Lake Oswego. That and incidents in local schools prompted Miller to start a conversation on the social-networking site Nextdoor, which led her to Poinsette. The women then decided to invite the entire community to join them for a series of monthly meetings that have already attracted hundreds of people.

The next meeting is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on April 9 at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the work begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register, go to tinyurl.com/RespondApril.

— The Review

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