The annual 5K Summer Solstice run/walk is slated to take place in Forest Grove on June 20.

COURTESY PHOTO - Annual Summer Solstice Run/Walk. Get ready to run.

The Forest Grove Senior & Community Center's Board of Directors is gearing up to present the second annual Summer Solstice Fund Run/Walk 5K on June 20.

The event is meant to benefit the senior center and the community, said race director Ralph Brown. Proceeds from the "fund run" will go toward a new community-use digital reader board sign at the corner of Highway 47 and Pacific Avenue.

Brown thinks the sign is important for the community to keep people informed.

The second annual Summer Solstice 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser takes place on Wednesday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

The course starts at the Forest Grove School District Building, 1728 Main St., and will follow the B Street Trail loop.

"This run/walk will give people the opportunity to check out the beautiful B Street Trail loop," Brown said. "A lot of people have never gone on that trail before."

All ages are welcome.The entrance fee is based on donation, the amount is chosen by the participants.

The run began last year in celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

"My family loved the event," said Linda Smath, who ran last year. "It was a beautiful evening and a wonderful cause."

Race Director Ralph Brown, who has been a runner since 1974 said he loves to see people getting out and exercising for a good cause. Brown and his wife have put on more than 250 runs for charity over the years.

Hot dogs will be provided for finish-line participants from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and ribbons will be presented for each category. The event will also have rest stations along the route with water.

There are about 25 volunteers and more volunteers are sought for clean-up for the event, as well. Last year approximately 150 people participated and more people are expected to attend this year.

To register, go to or in person on the night of the event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 503-357-2021.

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