Message from the Chief: Rose Festival Half Marathon

By Chief Jim Mongernew-interim-chief-jim-monger

On Sunday, May 28, the Rose Festival Half Marathon is coming to Beaverton! The race is charting new territory with its route throughout Beaverton featuring a unique mix of modern urban landscaping and ancient natural areas. This fast, scenic course begins at Southridge High School, then travels through the Greenway neighborhood and up Hall Boulevard toward the south edge of Old Town Beaverton. Then, runners will make their way to the Fanno Creek Greenway Trail and finally back to Southridge High School.

This is the first time an event like this has been in Beaverton and it will take a lot of coordination of the runners, residents, and police to make sure the event is safe, runs smoothly and goes as planned. The Beaverton Police Department has been working for six months to develop the traffic and safety plans for this large event. Lieutenant Paul Wandell says, “We are excited to be partnering with the Portland Rose Festival for this inaugural half-marathon in Beaverton.  Between good community support, patience from motorists and the traffic safety efforts of our officers, this will be a memorable event.”

The event and road closures will be from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. For more details on the marathon and a map of the route, please visit