The Rose Festival Half Marathon Returns!
City of Beaverton to Host Sixth Annual Rose Festival Half Marathon
The Rose Festival and the City of Beaverton announce the return of the 6th Annual Rose Festival Half Marathon, Sunday, May 28, with a fantastic new route. Continuing its expansion into the Portland metro region, the Rose Festival is charting new territory for greater Portland racers. The route — still in final development — takes runners on to familiar Beaverton arteries, and through a popular wetlands park, as they dash along a unique mix of modern urban landscaping and ancient natural areas. (More route information to come).
“We’re excited to bring this major Rose Festival event to the City of Beaverton,” says Jeff Curtis, Rose Festival Chief Executive Officer. “I applaud the leadership of Mayor Doyle, and the fantastic community leaders, who made Beaverton an important part of the Festival’s mission of inclusiveness for the greater metro region.”
The Rose Festival first started talking with Beaverton officials two years ago as part of the Festival’s greater outreach initiative. The Grand Floral Parade mini-float program was born out of this initiative. From these conversations the idea of a major event evolved. When the subject of the Rose Festival’s annual half marathon came up, it seemed the entire Beaverton community from City Hall to police, the Beaverton School District and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District immediately embraced it.
“We are truly very excited about this new partnership and the tremendous opportunity it brings to Beaverton,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “People are going to have a lot of fun with this one.”
The Rose Festival has enjoyed more than a hundred years of community outreach from the Oregon beaches to the slopes of Mt. Hood. Every year, thousands of participants and volunteers from around the Pacific Northwest offer their talent and skills in music, equestrian precision and artistic creativity to help make the Rose Festival internationally recognized as a world class event. The Rose Festival’s community outreach program further highlights regional communities that have made greater Portland so rich in diversity and culture.