Autumn on Parade 5K, Fun Run slated for Sunday, Oct. 8

OREGON – The 18th annual Autumn on Parade 5K and 1-mile fun runs will be Sunday, Oct. 8 with 1-mile runners beginning at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K participants about 8:30 a.m.

Registration for the 1-Mile Fun Run is $15. Participants who registered before Sept. 24 are guaranteed a T-shirt designed by Oregon Junior/Senior High School student Brian Wallace.

As for the 5K, all the same amenities that race goers have come to love will be available again such as music, premium long-sleeve tech shirts, post-race food, awards to 1st/2nd/3rd in 16 different age groups, overall awards, USATF certified course, and timing by It’s Race Time.

Strollers will be allowed on the race course, but must start after all runners. No pets, bicycles or scooters will be allowed on the course. This year’s long-sleeved shirt for 5K participants was designed by local graphic designer Collin Marshall.

“Back again this year is the 5K Team Challenge, so grab your co-workers, friends, or family and sign up. Teams can be a minimum of four and a maximum of 15 per team. The top four race times for each team are added together and the fastest team wins a first place plaque,” said Lynn Kalnins, one of the event’s organizers.

Participants may sign up for the event online or in person on race day. Registration fee is $25 for the 5K individual and 5K Team Challenge.

“You may also register online at by Oct. 7. Teams may also register online at by setting up their team name and password online for all members to register,” Kalnins said.

There will be an opportunity to register at the early packet pickup from 2to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Etnyre Gym at Oregon Elementary School, 1150 Jefferson St., and again on race day at the Blackhawk Center, 1101 Jefferson St.

“No late registrations will be taken after 8 a.m. on race day, so please arrive early to accommodate long lines and parking,” Kalnins said.

For registered participants, packet pickup will be available from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Oregon Elementary School and 7 to 8 a.m. on race day at the Blackhawk Center.

“We are excited to announce that we have partnered with The Maggie & Amos Foundation. The Maggie & Amos Foundation is a nonprofit organization that sponsors grants for local schools and libraries to support enriched learning opportunities for our community’s youth,” said Autumn on Parade President Debbie Dickson. “Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s AOP 5K! For more information visit the website and find us under the events tab.”

Earleen Hinton

Earleen oversees production and content of 8 community weeklies and has worked for Shaw Newspapers since 1985.