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Gresham Lilac Run celebrates year four

May 6, 2022

On Saturday, May 7, the City of Gresham will host the fourth annual Gresham Lilac Run presented by Unitus Community Credit Union. The event met the goal cap of 500 athletes for the 5k, 10k and half marathon courses and will also host 100 Little Lilac kids for a 400-meter and 800-meter dash. Athletes will cruise along the beautiful Springwater Corridor, Saddle Butte and Butler Creek Trail. This year we also have participants joining the fun virtually in Washington and as far as Kentucky.

The City requests the Gresham community to drive with caution of pedestrians on Towle Rd. and Regner Rd. between 8:00 am and noon on Saturday, May 7. 

Each year, all race proceeds go to a local non-profit beneficiary. This year, we are excited to announce that the Lilac Run participants raised over $20,000 dollars for Girls on the Run Portland Metro with their race fees and donations.

Girls on the Run Portland Metro is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates their limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue their dreams

The City will open applications for recreation-based non-profits for the 2023 Gresham Lilac Run in June.

The Lilac Run is entirely sponsorship funded and without the generous support of many event sponsors, this event would not be possible. Shortly before even opening their Gresham branch, Unitus Community Credit Union wanted to make an impact in this community, and they stepped up as the presenting sponsor year one in 2019, again in 2020 and 2021, and then with unwavering support for our fourth year. 

Bronze sponsors, also participating for the fourth time, include Migration Brewing and Konell Construction & Demolition Corp., and Tailor Johnson with NextHome NW Realty. New bronze sponsors include Rob Hendrickson and Juana Mendoza with State Farm, Tatu Protein Water and County Coffee Hitched Up. Event partners include: Country Coffee Gresham, Marathon Printing, Inc., Eastwind Running & Endurance and Bob’s Red Mill. 

The 2023 Gresham Lilac Run is already scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 22. Registration will open early fall.

For more information, please visit the Gresham Lilac Run page