The Beaumont Business Association is geared up to host a new event this March that will focus on two, time-honored neighborhood passions – dashing and doughnuts. The family-friendly Dash to Doughnuts 3K and obstacle course will be held Sunday, March 20, and is timed to coordinate with the World Indoor Track and Field Championships – which will be run in Portland that week.
The traditional 3K begins at 9:30 a.m. near Foot Traffic on Fremont and stops at Northeast 48th and Fremont, near Alameda Brewhouse, where the obstacle course begins. After running, participants will make their way back to Foot Traffic along Beaumont’s main commercial strip and stop at participating businesses that have set up obstacles in front of their shops. Businesses will be listed on a lanyard, given to racers at check-in and, after racers complete an obstacle, the business will check it off. Completing 90 percent of obstacles earns prizes and coupons for the racers, including a half-dozen Pip’s Original doughnuts.
Sponsors for the event include Alameda Brewhouse, Foot Traffic, Pip’s Original Doughnuts, Pride Financial Partners, Venture Portland, The Arrangement, Beaumont Market, Beaumont Vision, Dee’s Golden Door, Ethos Development, Greendog Pet Supply, Paperjam Press and The Rose City Neighborhood Association.
“Foot Traffic is always pleased to assist community groups with their activities, including youth track and field and Fremont Fest,” said Foot Traffic owner David Pietka. “Dash To Doughnuts will be a great neighborhood event, directly related to the runners and walkers we serve – not to mention my never ending desire for doughnuts. I hope to see a lot of neighbors at this event.”
“From day one, the Beaumont neighborhood wholeheartedly embraced our family-owned business as one of their own and the 2016 Dash to Doughnuts is a sweet opportunity to give back to our community and showcase our Beaumont pride,” said Pip’s Doughnuts owner Nate Snell.
“One of my favorite things about Foot Traffic is our community involvement. We get to participate in and give back to the community we love,” said Aly Drake, Foot Traffic manager. “What else do we love? Pip’s Donuts! Best donuts and chai in town! An event that combines our love for running, walking, AND donuts? We’re in!”
The association will also sponsor its annual Hip Hop into the Shop treasure hunt this month from March 23 to April 3. Now in its fourth year, the event gives children and families an opportunity to explore Beaumont Village by searching for a small rabbit hidden at participating businesses. When children find the rabbit, a reward will be waiting. Families can pick up a map at any participating location on Fremont.