BEAVERTON, Ore. – At a joint press conference today with representatives from the Portland Rose Festival, Mayor Denny Doyle announced an exciting new event coming to Beaverton this Memorial Day. The city is partnering with the Portland Rose Festival to host a half marathon, starting at Southridge High School, on Sunday, May 28.
“We are truly very excited about this new partnership and the tremendous opportunity it brings to Beaverton,” said Mayor Doyle. “People are going to have a lot of fun with this one.”
The half-marathon will be the first major Rose Festival event of 2017. Kicking off the event in Beaverton helps the Rose Festival with its regional approach to festival activities. The Portland Rose Festival will coordinate the race in conjunction with the Portland Marathon organization. The Beaverton race is a continuation of the Portland Rose Festival’s half marathon event, which was previously known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Hosting the event in the city of Beaverton is possible due in large part to the partnership between the Beaverton School District, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD), and the city.
“The spirit of partnership we have in Beaverton is unbeatable,” said Mayor Doyle, “and it’s because we work so well together sharing our resources and locations that we can pull this off.”
Doyle praised the school district for agreeing to host the event at Southridge and THPRD for sharing resources at nearby Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center. Rose Festival officials are also coordinating with the Beaverton Police Department to determine the course route, which will be announced in detail in the coming months.
The city’s recently adopted community vision plan calls for more events and activities in the neighborhoods.
“Being able to bring a high-caliber event, hosted by the Rose Festival, into the heart of one of our neighborhoods is a big win for the city and exactly what our residents have asked us for,” said Jaann Hoisington, chair of the city’s Visioning Advisory Committee.
Look for more details about the half marathon coming soon. Interested runners can get more information about the race at www.RoseFestival.org. Registration will open January 17. The course will be announced in February.
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Caption 1: The City of Beaverton and Portland Rose Festival announced today that the city will host a half-marathon on Memorial Day weekend as part of the Rose Festival. Kicking off the event in Beaverton helps the Rose Festival with its regional approach to festival activities. The race will begin and end at Southridge High School. (from left) Beaverton School District Superintendent Don Grotting, Mayor Denny Doyle, and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District General Manager Doug Menke. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Caption 2: Representatives from Portland Rose Festival, City of Beaverton, Beaverton School District, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, and Portland Marathon celebrate the announcement today that Beaverton will host a half-marathon on Memorial Day weekend as part of the Rose Festival. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Caption 3: Beaverton city councilors (from left) Marc San Soucie, Lacey Beaty, and Mark Fagin celebrate the announcement today that Beaverton will host a half-marathon on Memorial Day weekend as part of the 2017 Rose Festival. (Photo/City of Beaverton)