5k, 10k & 15k Race Event

MLK Dream Run 2020

The Virtual Race

#Black Lives Matter, #Invest in the Soul

For the 9th year in a row, the Soul District Business Association is asking you to RUN or WALK in Solidarity with our community to help elevate our mission to eradicate systemic racism and promote economic equity & empowerment for all.
Due to the Covid-19, this year’s MLK Dream Run has shifted from our regular weekend festival format to a virtual format.
So what does a virtual race look like? Basically you will be running with tons of other people, just not all in the same place.
Time Frame to complete your race: October 17 through October 31st
Race Distance Options: 5k, 10k and 15K
Open to Individuals or Teams (following CDC guidelines)

Presented by

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US Bank

Empowering the Next Generation

of Entrepreneurs

The Soul District Business Association youth entrepreneur career leadership program provides young men and women (ages 16-24) with career training and internship opportunities in order to help them improve and expand skills that come from operating successful businesses and organizations.




The Soul District Business Association is a 501c3 non-profit that has been serving small business owners
and youth workforce development since 1977, with a particular emphasis on engaging our
Black/minority and disadvantaged community members. Activating our professional network of
multicultural peers and mentors, we provide training that includes; developing effective networking
practices, how to navigate complex systems of trade, guidance in the basic business infrastructure and
legalese, and the overall building of business confidence.

Using this same model we provide technical skills training for low-income minority youth in the realms
of technology, digital media, customer service, governance, marketing and building professional
relationships. The MLK Dream Run, The PDXBlack Rose Podcast and Video Training Series and Green
Lighting Black Lives Matter Youth Media Project are the primary platforms used to engage youth ages
16-24 in this type of workforce trainings. For most, we are their first career focused job.


With your support and participation in MLK Dream Run we can continue to serve between 25-50 youth
throughout the year and reach our goals of elevating their opportunities for professional advancement.

Secondly, the Saturday before the Sunday Run will also feature live music, products, and services from
local businesses big and small in our vendor village. We hope this event brings people together to
celebrate the N/NE community noted for its rich ethnic diversity.



As a participant in the Virtual MLK Dream Run, you will receive Official Race Results, a reusable Nike water bottle & training towel, additional swag from participating sponsors, and one raffle ticket. These will be available for pick up at the Soul District Headquarters located at 6607 NE MLK Jr. Blvd beginning the week of October 14 and through October 31, . You can email or call for more info on this at outreach@nnebaportland.org / 503-841-5032.
Participating in the virtual race and being in the Official MLK Dream Run Results is super easy!
1. A week prior to the race you will receive an email with your Virtual Race Bib and the link to submit results.

2. When the race officially starts on Saturday, October 17th you will receive an email and text message welcoming you to the race.

3. You will have between Saturday, October 17th and end of day Saturday, October 31st to complete you run on a course you choose and submit your race result.

You can run alone or with a small team (4-6) of housemates (Be sure to follow CDC guideline)

You can run down your favorite street, through your favorite park or you can run the traditional MLK
Dream Run Route already marked, See PDF files of Course Maps below:
5K PDF / 10K PDF / 15K PDF
4. Share your experience on social media pre and post run and tag us @MLKDreamRun
5. Submission of your race results can be done via web form or text message.
6. When submitting your results, you will have the option to include a link to your Strava or Garmin
Connect activity. If you do this, your results will be marked as Verified. If you don't have one of these apps, you can install Strava from your phone's app store and run with your phone.

When you report your results, you will be able to upload photos of your race to go into the Official MLK Dream Run Race Photo Gallery.

Race results will be produced online and ranked in the following categories: overall, gender, and age group.

Proceeds raised benefit the SDBA Youth Entrepreneur Program through the Greenlighting Black Lives
Matter Youth Media Project and PDX Black Rose Podcast and Video Training programs. Covid-19 has revealed so many things about how we operate in the world, including the need to help advance technology abled skills sets as part of preparing the workforce of tomorrow. With your support of our fundraising efforts through the MLK Dream Run we can continue elevating our community by provide training for minority and disadvantaged youth ages 16-24 so they compete in the real world marketplace.
For More info call 503-841-5032 or email info@MLKDreamRun.org
Presented by collaborative efforts of:
Soul District
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Special thanks to our event sponsors

Vault of Opportunity Sponsors

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US Bank

Rise to Majestic Heights Sponsors

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Let Freedom Ring Sponsors

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