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Questions about registering and paying for race entries.

Yes, just make sure you know the name they used on the registration.

Yes, transfers can be done with no charge up until registration closes on 7/18/2016. After that date there will be a $5.00 transfer fee. NO transfers will be allowed on race day.

There will be two packet pick-up events scheduled so participants can pick up their bibs and packets before the race.

July 26, 2017
03:00pm - 06:30pm

Roadrunner Sports (Portland)
29 NW 23rd Place
Portland , OR 97210

July 21, 2016
04:00pm - 07:00pm

RoadRunner Sports (Tualatin)
7063 SW Nyberg Street
Tualatin, OR 97062

If you are unable to attend one of those events, plan to get to the race early to pick up your packet prior to the race.

The discount is applied when the team size reaches the minimum number of members (8) and $5 per team member will be refunded and the discount will be applied going forward.

Yes, but we encourage everyone to pick up their bib and race packet early at one of the scheduled packet pickup events:

July 26, 2017 
03:00pm - 06:30pm

Roadrunner Sports (Portland)
29 NW 23rd Place
Portland , OR 97210

July 27, 2016
04:00pm - 07:00pm

RoadRunner Sports (Tualatin)
7063 SW Nyberg Street
Tualatin, OR 97062

If you can’t make it to a packet pickup event, please make sure you arrive early on race day to ensure you get your bib before the race starts.

Cook Park has plenty of bathrooms available to accommodate all of our participants.

Our primary concern is for the safety of our participants and volunteers. In the event of bad weather, the race director will make a determination if the event is to be cancelled or go ahead as scheduled.  There is not alternate day for the event and no refunds can be provided if the event is cancelled due to weather conditions.

Yes, you can switch events. This is free prior to Tuesday, 7/19/16, but will cost $5.00 to change after bibs have been assigned.

Questions about bringing Dogs, Cats, and other furry friends to the race.

Yes, pets are allowed in Cook Park, however keep in mind that all of Cook Park is now an on-leash area for ALL dogs. Additionally, no participant's dogs or other animals (other than service animals) will be allowed on the race course at any time.

No, sorry. Participant's dogs or other animals (with the exception of service animals) will not be allowed on the race course.

There are two off-leash areas at the far eastern edge of Cook Park, however park regulations require that all dogs must be on leashes while in the park.

Questions about the race, the race course, and other things related to the race events.

Yes, you can push a stroller for the race, we just ask that you be considerate and start in the back of the start corral to let the faster runners start first and clear the areas on the course that tend to get a little congested.

Sure, but for safety's sake, just make sure to keep the volume at a reasonable level so you can remain aware of what is going on around you and hear directions from volunteers out on the race course.

We have to keep our expenses to a minimum, so food and snacks on race day are intended for paid participants in the race only, however there will be bagels and other snacks that your family and friends can enjoy.

You can get your race results/time from the race timer after you finish the race. Race results will also be published on our website under the 'Results' menu or you can. Click here to see last year's (2015) results.

There is a course map available on our website (click here). There will be markings on the course to follow and volunteers will be placed at various points throughout the course.

If you are not able to make it to the race in Cook Park, you can still run the race virtually. All you need to do is register online and your bib, shirt, and medal will be mailed to you. Just put on the bib and run your 5K or 10K anywhere in the world. Make sure to send us a picture of yourself wearing your bib and we will post it on Facebook and our website.

Each participant will wear a numbered bib with an electronically readable chip attached to it. As participants cross the start/finish line they will pass a sensor that will record their bib number and the time. As participants finish the course they will pass the start/finish line sensor again. Their bib number and the time will be recorded again and the time it took to complete the course will be calculated from the two times.

The second half of the 10K route is an entirely different route than the first 5K. A course map is available on our website.

There is a 3.5 hour time limit. Timers will not be available after 12:00 noon.

Yes, participants who are in different pace groups but wish to start together may do so, however participants may only move back to slower pace groups, not forward to faster groups. 

The event records are on our website under the 'Results' menu or you can click here to see them.

If you plan on having beer or cider, you will need a photo ID to be served alcohol.

The race will be capped at 750 participants.

The first event is tenatively scheduled to start at 8:30am. We will be publishing a full event schedule on the website including all of the events, the chilren's costume contest shortly.

There is plenty of parking throughout the park. Additionally there is on street parking on 92nd Avenue and in the unlikely event all of that parking is full, you can park in the parking lot at Tigard High School. There will be volunteers in the parking areas that will guide people entering Cook Park to the closest available parking to the start/finish line.

The course will not be closed. No streets or roads will be closed on race day and public trails in the parks will be open, so we encourage runners to stay on paved trails and sidewalks where available and stay in lanes marked with cones or other markings and be mindful of road traffic and bicyclists and other people using the public trails.

Yes, there will be a corral start with participants lining up according to their average minutes/mile pace. Runners will be released in staggered groups in pace order (fastest to slowest) to prevent crowding on the course. Walkers will start after the last runners have entered the course (approximately 10 minutes later)

There are public restrooms in Cook Park that can be used to change clothing. There are no shower facilities available for the event.

Yes there will be aid stations with water and other refreshments at various locations on the course. If it is a warm day or you require more than 1 aid station for a 5k or 2 for a 10k, please make sure to carry your own hydration device. See the course map available on our website for aid station locations.

If you have a particular food allergy or sensitivity, you should consider bringing your own snacks and refreshments. We would love to be able to accomodate all dietary restrictions, however as a charity we can only provide the food and snacks selected and donated by our generous sponsors.

Questions about Ladybug CDH Foundation, the charity that benefits from the race.

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All funds from the race go to the Ladybug CDH Foundation ( The foundation benefits children and families whose lives have been affected by a birth defect called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). CDH Occurs in one out of 2,500 births and has a fatality rate of up to 50%.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a little known birth defect that occurs in approximately one out of every 2,500 births. This condition results from improper formation of the diaphram and causes the babys's abdominal organs to be displaced, inhibiting proper lung formation. Sadly, up to half of children who are born with CDH do not survive.

Questions about finisher's medals and race shirts.

Yes, 5K,10K, Kid’s ½ / 1 Mile finishers will receive a medal.

Questions about volunteering to help out with this year's events.

We have an online volunteer page  on you can fill out to be added to a list of volunteers for the event and select the assignments you would like to do. We will do our best to get an assignment in the area you request, however we may need move volunteers around based on need on race day.

Only with our gratitude and snacks :-) All proceds from the race go to the non-profit Ladybug CDH Foundation, so all volunteer positions are unpaid.

Questions about coming out and cheering on the runners and walkers in this years race.

Definitely yes! We encourage everyone to come out to cheer on the runners and walkers! Just make sure to keep the course clear and be aware of traffic on the roadways. Keep in mind that food, beverages, and other goodies including door prizes are for race participants only.

cowbellTo be honest we aren't entirely sure how that tradition got started, but runners sure love them some cowbell! It's a great way to encourage participants in a race. Soooooo.... bring 'em and ring 'em (loud)!

2017 Event Sponsors

Hoffman Construction Pediatric Associates of the Northwest Ordnace Brewing Franz Bakery Blackrock Coffee Bar Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub Sustainable Wealth Management [sponsor-name] Crater Lake Soda Pick Your Dish PDX 105.1 The Buzz Nelson Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Wilsonville Honda Oregon Road Runners Club Athleta Lester Tsai Photography M. Corwin Photography Jamba Juice Cathy Merz Insurance Inc. Country Financial Virginia & Carl Private Foundation Tigard K9 5K Reshod Western Partitions Inc. Acceleration Sports Medicine Lake Oswego Massage Therapy Urban Mamas Caruso Produce White Claw Hard Seltzer

About Ladybug CDH Foundation

The Ladybug CDH Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. The primary mission of our foundation is to raise public awareness of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), a serious birth defect that occurs in one out of approximately 2,500 births and has a fatality rate of nearly 50%. All race entry fees and product sales for this event will go to fund medical research and directly help children and families whose lives have been impacted by this birth defect.