THE MLK DREAM RUN SHOWCASES PORTLAND’S VIBRANT SOUL DISTRICT
The North/Northeast Business Association (NNEBA), Flossin Media and Friends will host the 2nd Annual MLK Dream Run/Walk aimed at promoting economic development in the Soul District of North/Northeast Portland, Oregon on Sunday August 4, 2013.
In addition the MLK Dream Run will also help raise funds for several community organizations including; The NNEBA Fellows Program- a Youth Entrepreneurial/Career Leadership Project which partners young people 16-25 with internship and jobs skills training throughout the business community. The NE Community Health Clinic – provides free and low-cost health care to needy families.
Last year’s race (2012), produced nearly 600 diverse participants from 17 Oregon cities and five states made up of runners, volunteers and spectators, came together in the name of health, wealth and the honoring of Dr. King’s Legacy.
The annual race features three events – a 5 kilometer walk and run, a 10K run and the 15k Geoff Hollister Tribute competitive race – along a USA Track & Field sanctioned & certified race course throughout the N/NE Portland neighborhoods of Humboldt, King, Piedmont, Woodlawn, Boise, Eliot, Vernon, Grant Park, Sabin, Woodlawn and Irvington. The race course is supported by 11 neighborhood associations, the N/NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, members & volunteers of NNEBA and the offices of the Multnomah County Commissioner, Mayor and Governor, as it winds through N/NE PDX. The MLK Dream Run is expected to attract thousands of local amateur runners and dozens of international elite racers. The event begins at 6 a.m. and post-race festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 11am.
The goal of the running event, which also features live music, health & fitness awareness, multicultural interaction and products from local businesses, is to reintroduce Portland residents and visitors to the revitalized N/NE community by bringing businesses and neighborhoods together providing economic stimulus to an area rich in multicultural history.
The MLK Dream Run is the culmination of a longtime dream to showcase the many positive changes and improvements in North and Northeast Portland and raise more public awareness for the user-friendly streets, healthy business environment and strong business relationships along and surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, named after the famous civil rights leader, bisects The Soul District of Portland and provides easy access to all of the area’s amenities including beautiful parks such as Peninsula and Irvington parks, and colorful commercial hubs like Alberta Street Arts District, Mississippi and Williams Avenue. New art galleries, music venues, specialty retail shops, cobbler communities, coffeehouses and eateries are now nestled comfortably between older established businesses and complement the churches, higher education institutes and community service organizations that have always been part of the area.
The MLK Dream Run also honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for racial equality and job creation as famously outlined in his inspirational August, 1963 speech, ‘I Have a Dream.’ August, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of this momentous discourse.
Once just a dream, the vision of civil rights, racial equality and economic opportunities for all is alive and well along Portland’s Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the MLK Dream Run is a wonderful showcase for the community.