July 6, Staff Report
A 5K run/walk is set to take place along the Astoria waterfront this September as part of the 100-year celebration of the Hellgate Bridge.
The event, scheduled for Saturday, September 9, is for both runners and walkers—and more than 500 participants are expected. There will also be a 100 meter race for children that will take place by the bridge in Astoria Park.
The children’s race will start at 8:30 am and the 5K at 9 am.
“I think that this is a great way to celebrate the bridge and showcase Astoria Park,” said Jessica Tusing, a member of the Hellgate Road Runners Club, who is organizing the event with the Astoria Post.
“The event will be for the entire community and it will be action packed,” Tusing said.
All the proceeds will go to the Hellgate Road Runners, a group that was formed more than 20 years ago and boasts a membership of about 150 participants. The funds will be used to cover the cost of the run and for future events.
Christian Murray, the publisher of the Astoria Post and co-organizer of the LIC Post 5K and the Sunnyside Post Mile, said “this will be a great day that will be fun-filled for families and residents.”
The event will start at Astoria Park, next to the Veteran’s Memorial. Runners will then go south along Shore Blvd, then up through Astoria Park to Ditmars Blvd, along Shore Blvd up 20th Avenue to 31st Street before turning back and finishing next to the Hellgate Bridge. (See map)
“The Astoria waterfront and the park are great places to run and people will see that when they take part in the 5K,” Tusing said.
The event will be followed by a park clean up and planting by the Astoria Park Alliance, which is joining in the celebrations.
The day will include a post-race party at Singlecut Beersmiths, located at 19-33 37th Street, at 12pm.
The event will cost $25 for adults for those who register online before August 14. Children, below the age of 12, are free. Participants are guaranteed a race T-shirt if the sign up before August 14.
The cost to register for the 5K after August 14 is $30.
Several companies have generously come forward to sponsor the event.
Singlecut and Argo Real Estate as gold sponsors.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Bibswitch and Active Outlook Massage Therapy as silver sponsors.
Astoria Bier & Cheese have signed up as bronze sponsors.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
To register, please click here