Runners from across Wallowa County will have several opportunities to get out and test their mettle and help raise funds for worthy causes.
• A community 5k and 10k will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
Run-day registration will be open at 8 a.m. at the starting point, Enterprise City Park, Enterprise.
The event is coordinated by Cherie May, herself a diabetic.
“We want to do something for the 1 in 11 Americans who live with diabetes,” said May, who is receiving support from her employer, Pioneer Guest Home in Joseph. “Every 23 seconds, someone new is diagnosed.”
She was diagnosed in 2010 while she was attending college, and takes oral medications to fight the disease.
The run has been held for the past several years in September. This year, May was asked by the Enterprise Summerfest committee to combine the run with the activities of the day. Several hundred dollars have been raised each year.
Runners may register in teams or individually online at bit.ly/2HtkeMr. A suggested minimum pledge is $25. Those who pledge $35 will receive a t-shirt.
• The Lostine River Run July 7, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wallowa County, will begin with same-day registration at 7 a.m. at race central, the old Lostine School, 723 College St., Lostine.
The event, which raises funds for high school scholarships, has traditionally be held the last Saturday in June but was moved to accommodate scheduling. This is the 33rd year of the event.
Runners will enjoy a scenic course. Choose either a 5K or 10K that is mostly downhill as it follows the Lostine River from the starting point to Lostine or a flat 1 mile out-and-back.
Buses leave from the school for the starting point at 8:15 a.m. with race time at 9 a.m. T-shirts are available for $12 in addition to the $20 registration for those who sign up by July 1.
Runners are broken into classes for both male and females in age groups under 13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and up. Plaques are given to overall winners and top masters in the 5K and 10K runs. Medals and ribbons go to the top five finishers in each age group in each run and walk.
Visit eost.biz for details and to sign up.
• Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation has decided to join with Chief Joseph Days’ Tough Enough to Wear Pink and their breast cancer awareness walk and fundraiser, Miles for Mammograms.
This event will replace the annual Amy Hafer Race for Awareness, which took place the fourth Saturday of June at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
“The Foundation Board decided it made sense to partner with Chief Joseph Days on their event rather than hold two similar events less than four weeks apart,” said Foundation Director Stacy Green. “The money raised goes to the same cause: free mammograms for local low-income women.”
Miles for Mammograms is 9 a.m. July 26. The fun walk/run starts and finishes at Harley Tucker Memorial Arena one block west of Main Street in Joseph.
Registration includes a ticket to Thursday night’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink rodeo performance.