Run Foster 5k

An event benefiting kids in foster care

Let’s make every step count

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Embrace Oregon

Each day in our community, children in crisis show up at the Department of Human Services (DHS) in need of a safe home where they can flourish. In the Portland Metro Area, hundreds of children enter the foster care system each year while DHS faces a crisis shortage of foster homes.

It’s not enough.

Because family is necessary. Because neighborhood relationships matter. Because you have something to bring to the table. You matter.
What if you became a foster parent? What if you volunteered at your local DHS office? What ideas do you have?

Every child needs you.

Embrace Oregon connects caring community members with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services.

Run Foster 5K

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Start Time: 9:00 am

Start Location: Baseball field near parking lot off of SW 42nd and Vermont St.

Finish Location: Same as start location

5K Cost: $25 (earlybird registration until June 15, 2017), $35 after that date

Course Time Limit: 2 hours

5K Participant Age Requirement: None (Kids under 3 are free) 

Kids Fun Run

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Start Time: 8:45 am

Who: Kids 10 years old and under (runners may not also participate in 5k)

Cost: $5

Course Distance: Quarter of a mile

Included: T-shirt and finisher medal

T-SHIRTS


Same day registration may not be guaranteed an exact size match.  T-shirts will be handed out with your packet pickup.

Race


This is a fun run! This is an open course, meaning there may be other people on the path who are not participants. Please be respectful of others. If you are using a stroller please use it single file with other strollers. We will have a brief overview of the race course at 8:55 am.

Race Course


The race course is 2 loops.  Participants start in the soccer field nearest to second base and run down the path past the skateboard park and between the tennis courts.  They will continue running along the path and turn to head back up at the winter off leash dog park. 

Participants will weave their way along the trail back up towards the starting field where a water station will be positioned along the path near the start.  They will then repeat that loop and finish on the other side of the same field they started on.

FINAL

Pictures will be available, free for download, on the website.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG IS THE COURSE?

3.1 miles, or 5 kilometers.

IS THE COURSE TIMED?

There are no individual timing chips, but yes, there will be a timing clock at the finish.

CAN I WALK?

You bet!

IS THE COURSE STROLLER FRIENDLY?

Along the course, there are a couple narrow areas, but a stroller will still fit. There are also a couple of short sections of gravel path. The course is hilly, but strollers are more than welcome.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, SLEET, OR SNOW, WILL THE EVENT STILL BE HELD?

Yes. Unless there are road closures due to bad weather, the race is on!

ARE REFUNDS AVAILABLE?

Your race entry fee is non-refundable.

CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO ANOTHER PERSON?

Yes. If you come early enough the day of, then we can take care of it.

IS IT MANDATORY TO PICK UP MY RACE PACKET?

Yes, your packet includes your running bib, and t-shirt. If you did not sign a waiver electronically, then your signature is required at the packet pick up tent.

WILL THERE BE AWARDS?

There will be awards for the top 3 male and female runners overall.

WILL THERE BE AN AID STATION?

Yes, a water aide station will be set up at the halfway mark of the course.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS?

There are public restrooms at Gabriel Park, near the start of the race. We will also be providing porta-potties.

WHERE DO I GET MY T-SHIRT AND BIB?

Those can be picked up the day of the race at the packet pick up tents. Please arrive by 8:15 to pick up your bib and t-shirt.

CAN I RUN WITH A PERSONAL MUSIC PLAYER?

Yes. Please be aware of other runners and walkers on the course.

ARE DOGS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

No dogs are allowed on the course. If they are leashed and off the course, or in the off-leash dog parks that Gabriel Park provides, then you can bring your dog.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

Gabriel Park has three parking lots, as well as several other places where parking is available. Multnomah Presbyterian Church has also kindly given us permission to use their parking as overflow parking. Please see map here for parking sites.

GIVE

You don’t have to work up a sweat to help foster children. Every penny goes directly to Embrace Oregon.

Give Now

Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring the race or getting your products in the race goodie bags please contact us and we will get you all the information.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

FROM 7 AM- 11:30 AM ON SATURDAY, 9/23 AT GABRIEL PARK.

We need your help to make Run Foster a success for the kids in our community! Sign up below and we will email you with more detailed information and a map.

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Run Foster 5K • Embrace Oregon