ASTORIA, OR -The 5th annual Run on the River sponsored by Buoy Beer Company is Sunday, May 20, 2018 along the Astoria Riverwalk. This year’s race sold out earlier this month with just over 600 total runners registered for the half-marathon, 10k and 5k races.
Run on the River is a fundraiser hosted by the Astoria Parks, Recreation and Community Foundation, sponsored by Buoy Beer Company and supported by local businesses. The intent is to raise money for scholarships for individuals and families to utilize health and wellness programs provided by Astoria Parks and Recreation.
Last year over $30,000 was raised just by the Run on the River event which contributed to nearly 1000 scholarships for youth swimming lessons, family fitness memberships and team sports registrations. So far this year, over $45,000 has been raised.
Run on the River is family friendly and offers runners and walkers three lengths: half marathon, 10k or 5k.This year, the half marathon and 5k routes are USA Track and Field certified, which means runners can accurately track their personal records and qualify for other larger races.
The race starts at 8:30 A.M with half marathon walkers at the 6th Street Platform; half marathon runners begin at 9:00 A.M.; 10k starts at10:00 A.M.; and 5K starts at11:00 A.M.
The awards celebration will take place at Noon at the Buoy Beer platform on 7th Street.
This year a Kids Fun Run has also been added. Kids ages 3 to 10 can meet up at Noon for a two block dash.The Kids Fun Run is free. T-shirt will be available to purchase for $15 while supplies last.
Please be advised: the Riverwalk will be closed from 7am to 1pm to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
The entire Riverwalk will be utilized as well as some of the surrounding neighborhoods and attractions. In addition to the use of the Riverwalk, all of the race routes start at the 6th Street Platform and head west through the Port of Astoria and back. Half marathon and 10k runners will continue past Buoy Beer, around the back of the Columbia River Maritime Museum and through the Mill Pond neighborhood. Half marathoners will continue out and back on the East Mooring Basin; out and back into Violet LaPlante Park; continue further east on the trestles; through the Alderbrook Lagoon; into the Alderbrook neighborhood where they will turn around and head back again to the 6th Street Platform.
The City has granted partial lane closures on the roads associated with the course which includes: Alder Street, from the Riverwalk access area up to 53rd Street; from 53rd Street to Birch Street; and Birch Street up to 53rd. Lanes will also partially be closed on two blocks of 23rd Street in Millpond and on 6th and 7th. Flaggers will be present to monitor traffic flow as needed. Water and Aid Stations will also be set up in the area for the participants.
A large majority of the Run on the River participants are coming to Astoria from out of town just for this race. While most of the runners are from Oregon, runners from 12 other states and British Columbia have registered. In the past, runners have expressed their appreciation for the cheers of support that come from the locals in the neighborhoods. Join us and help root them on.
Run on the River is successful because of the large community support from local businesses, residents and volunteers.Thank you. If you would like to be involved, registration is closed but there is still time to sign up to volunteer.For information, volunteer sign-up and sponsorship details, please visit the APRCF website at www.astoriaparksfoundation.com. Follow Run on the River on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.