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Hello SW Hope 5K supporter!
The look of our annual race has changed. But the heart behind it hasn't!
With the COVID-19 outbreak and measures being taken to curb the spread, we are joining the containment effort by changing the SW HOPE 5K from an in-person race to a virtual race. This means that we will not meet Saturday, April 4 at Gabriel Park, but instead will allow you to run as you want that day. You can run your favorite path. You can run around the neighborhood with your family or a group of friends. You can run in that park you have always wanted to see and experience. You can turn on that favorite show and run the treadmill.
The perk of this change (that we are really excited about) is that by being virtual, those who join this race can now be anywhere in the world - the friend who lives in Iowa, the former roommate who moved to Poland, the sister who lives in Hood River but does not want to drive to Portland. Our hope is that we can keep the community aspect of this event, and now our community can include so many more in a variety of locations by this race being a virtual 5K.
Please click the orange link at the bottom of this page to go to our website where you will be directed to switch to the virtual race.
On race day, make sure to snap a photo and tag us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SWHope5K as well as tag us @sw_hope_5k. Feel free to also join us with the hashtags #feedthehungry #fightfearwithlove #runPDX
Please know that your registration fee will still go 100% to fund the Neighborhood House food pantry; each registration funds the purchase of approximately 140lbs of food. In lieu of our annual in-person raffle, race bags, and t-shirts; we are working to provide a virtual race bag with some deals from some of our favorite partners. This may not be as exciting as a raffle, but we hope it can still communicate our gratitude for your partnering with us. You can also come back next year for t-shirts, race bags, and the raffle!
It is moments such as this that reminds us that the vulnerable and marginalized of our community continue to need our love and support. Likely even more with the recent happenings. Therefore, please continue to invite friends to join this cause virtually. This could still be our most impactful year yet! We look forward to seeing the pictures online.
The SW Hope 5k Team
Every spring, multiple Southwest Portland Faith Organizations and Community Partners join hands to meet the need of hunger specifically, by working to supply Neighborhood House’s food pantry, the largest food pantry west of the Willamette. This joint effort is known as the Southwest Hope Campaign. Since 2016, Missio Church has organized the SW Hope 5k as a culmination of the greater campaign.
What can $1 buy me at a grocery store? One, maybe two, canned goods at the most. For $1, Neighborhood House can buy 4 pounds of food directly from Oregon Food Bank. We quickly realized we could turn a simple canned food drive into a huge tool to empower Neighborhood House and reach hundreds more hungry neighbors.
This is where you come in. We invite you to run with us in our fifth annual SW Hope Feed the Hungry 5K because each $1 we raise together far outweighs it’s worth in canned goods individually. If we run together, our neighbors here in SW Portland won’t have to experience the insecurity of not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
This year you can bring the whole family and join us at the first SW Hope Family Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 4th from 8:00 – 11:00am at Lucky Labrador Public House in Multnomah Village! Stop by and enjoy a delicious breakfast while supporting Neighborhood House’s largest food drive of the year. Just $10 for adults and $7 for kids 16 & under (cash and checks only, please) with all proceeds going towards fighting hunger in Southwest Portland. And, if you’re registered to run the SW Hope 5K, enjoy the breakfast at a discount at just $7 for adults and $5 for kids! We hope to see you there before the 5K!
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