The city of Seaside and Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District are partnering up for the second year in a row this spring. The Seaside Dash to Safety, a 5K run and walk will headline activities on Saturday, May 6, aimed at getting out to play while also raising awareness for emergency preparedness.
The single 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Seaside Cove. Punctuating the morning jaunt will be the Seaside Family Safety Fair that takes place at the finish line at Seaside Heights Elementary School. The safety fair, an all-ages, adult and family planning event, was moved from the Seaside Firehouse in 2016 in effort to offer more activities in a bigger environment.
The 5K will begin at the Seaside Cove, take runners along Ocean Vista Drive and up the Seaside Promenade to the Turnaround. From there, runners will head east along Broadway until they reach Wahanna Road. The final stretch will travel south along Wahanna to Spruce Drive and finally finish at Seaside Heights.
To keep the emergency preparedness theme at the forefront of participants’ minds, the race will officially begin with the Tsunami Warning System acting as the official starter. Race timing company Eclectic Edge will be on hand, as will countless sponsors and partners to support the 9 a.m. start time.
The Safety Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature a bike rodeo for kids, as well as a car seat clinic sponsored by Safe Kids. Information vendors focused on safety include fire, ambulance and water safety education, pedestrian safety, a child I.D. clinic as well as information on north coast parenting and poison safety. Plans are also being made to have fire trucks, an armored car and Warrenton-based Life Flight’s helicopter on hand. Seaside Fire and Rescue plans to serve free hot dogs to all attendees. As has been the case in past safety fairs, numerous prizes will be given away, including a drawing for two youth bikes.
Registration is available through seasideOR.com and Sunset Empire. Race packets can be picked up the day of at Seaside Heights starting at 8 a.m. Shuttle service will be provided from the Heights to the Seaside Cove beginning at 8:30 a.m.