Event's route for the long run different from last year's

by: REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - About 1,400 people participated in the Lake Run last year.This year’s long route for the Lake Run on May 10 is different from 2013’s and more like it was in previous years.

The long run for the 38th annual event, run by the nonprofit Lake Oswego Women’s Club, last year dropped from a 12K to a 10K and climbed Iron Mountain Road instead of the usual jaunt around the Oswego Lake.

“Up and down Iron Mountain, a lot of people didn’t really like that run,” said Glennell Bribick, Lake Run chairwoman, adding that runners found the route dull. “It’s called Lake Run: It isn’t called Iron Mountain Run.”

The run remains a 10K this year but again will encircle the water feature the city is known for. City officials asked event organizers to circumvent some neighborhoods and stick to main streets, which made the route shorter than in previous REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - There not only are events for adults but also the Kids Dash, a race for children.

For folks just looking for entertainment on Saturday, May 10, a festival at Millennium Plaza Park will be on tap, featuring a blow-up slide, crafts and activities, food vendors, music pumping from ClubSport’s speakers and sponsors’ tents offering some complimentary items for visitors.

The routes

Even if you’re not attending the event, it may come to you, allowing you to pull up a chair and watch some arms and legs pumping as packs of bib-wearing racers rush through your neighborhood. If you don’t feel like watching it or running it and want to leave your house in the morning, leave before the race begins, or it will be difficult to exit the area. That’s part of the reason the route is shorter, people complained that they had to alter their schedules for the morning, Bribick said.

For the 10K, participants will gather in Sundeleaf Plaza on State Street (where the yellow curlicue sculpture is), then head up McVey Avenue, proceeding along South Shore Drive around Oswego Lake to Iron Mountain Boulevard, finishing on Evergreen Street at Millennium Plaza Park.

The 5K wends around Lakewood Bay and onto North Shore Drive, and participants pass by the lake, on to Iron Mountain Boulevard, with the finish line awaiting on Evergreen Street.

The Kids’ Dash will begin at Evergreen Street and Second Street with a quick two-block sprint that takes a U-turn and ends under a rainbow balloon arch.

The food

It’s free to attend the festival, but the local purveyors of edibles who will be on the scene will be selling their goods, and the vendors are Kat’s Crepes, Mari’s Muffins, House of Bread, Juice-alicious, Classic Kettle Corn and Big O’s Delicious Pizza. Manzana Rotisserie Grill will be offering free samples of its tortilla soup — and, after sampling the culinary delights, attendees can visit with dentist Dr. Jeffrey Sessions, who will be handing out toothbrushes.

The numbers

The 38th annual event is expected to raise $45,000 to $60,000, and 1,500 to 2,000 people are expected to participate. There were 1,434 runners last year. The club supports three $1,000 college scholarships per year for Lake Oswego and West Linn students who perform an exemplary level of community service. The dollars also support local groups. This year, the major recipients of the proceeds include: Clackamas Women’s Services, Clackamas Children’s Center and Court Appointed Child Advocates (CASA). Additional charities will be chosen later.

Since 1974, the Lake Oswego Women’s Club has donated almost $2 million to local charities.

“Every single penny is going to be going to our philanthropies: It doesn’t support the running of the Women’s Club in any way,” said Chris Bonney, Women’s Club president.

The sponsors

Major sponsors include US Bank, Kaiser Permanente, ClubSport, Full Sail Brewing Company, the city and the Lake Oswego Review.
By Jillian Daley
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