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More than 1,500 runners are expected to descend on downtown May 7 for the 40th-annual Lake Run


REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Run participants may start off on downtown's flat roads, but the event is really known for its hilly terrain and breath-taking views.Registration is now open for the 40th annual Lake Run, a three-pronged event that draws serious athletes, casual joggers and a gaggle of energetic kids to downtown Lake Oswego every spring.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7.

Runners who sign up by March 31 will get a $5 discount for the two U.S.A. Track and Field-certified races: $37 for the 10K and $27 for the 5K run/walk. From April 1-May 7, the cost is $42 for the 10K and $32 for the 5K run/walk.

To register, go to www.lowomensclub.org/lakerun.

Sponsored by the Lake Oswego Women’s Club, the Lake Run has raised more than $2 million for charity since its inception. Organizers hope this year’s run will raise more than $30,000 for a trio of nonprofits: Child Advocates Inc. (CASA), Clackamas Women’s Services and the Children’s Center. Proceeds also help to fund scholarship awards for outstanding community service that go to local high school students.

In addition to a Family Fun Festival — complete with a giant slide, face painting, crafts and food carts — the event includes:

-- A 10K race that climbs McVey Avenue and proceeds along South Shore Drive around Oswego Lake to Iron Mountain Boulevard before plunging downhill to Millennum Plaza Park;

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

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

In honor of the 40th anniversary, the LOWC is inviting students participating in the 5K or 10K to enter their school’s name when they register. The school with the most participants will win an ice cream party.

For more information about the Lake Run — including detailed course maps, start times and more — visit www.lowomensclub.org/lakerun. Donate to the Lake Oswego Women’s Club at P.O. Box 1434, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

— The Review