Lake Run FAQs

I heard about a school challenge, what is that?

For 2017's 41th Annual Lake Run, we are inviting junior high, middle and high school students to enter their school's name when they register for their event. The school with the most number of participants will win an ice cream party! Participants from the winning high school will be contacted (via email) after the event with details about when and where they will get their ice cream party! Spread the word and invite your friends to join you!

Have the courses received USATF Certification?

The 10K and the 5K were measured and certified by an official with the USA Track and Field Association in April 2014. Thus, you can run with assurance that the distance is exact to USATF standards.

How will the race be timed?

The LOWC works with Accustat Sports Timing Co. and Chronotrack B-Tag “chip in the bib” timing. Two LED display clocks will be positioned at the finish line for runners of both races to view the time as they near the finish line. Runners will be able to access their results by touch screen at the results tent. Results are also accessible with the use of a smartphone by visiting

Will I receive a medal?

Awards will be given to overall winners of the races as well as age group winners will receive a commemorative medal. All Kids’ Dash participants will receive a participation award. We will give out awards (medals) to first, second and third for each age bracket. Age brackets are: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and older.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

Yes. The awards ceremony will be at 10:45 AM. Winners of both races (male and female) will receive an award. Age group winners will also be acknowledged and presented with a commemorative award.

Can we get a group discount or a team package?

We are not providing group or team discounts this year, but instead are offering a $5 discount to all 10K and 5K participants who register by April 30. So, invite your friends and sign up early!

Is the Lake Run stroller friendly? Are MP3s allowed?

Strollers and the use of MP3s are allowed in the 10K and 5K races. For the safety of the stroller participant and others, we ask that all walkers and stroller participants begin the race at the back of the pack of runners. Stroller participants and runners using MP3s, as well as all runners, will be reminded to stay to the right side of the road and within the orange cones. Anyone running outside the orange cones may collide with an oncoming car. MP3 users need to be aware of their surroundings as they may not hear car horns. Run at your own risk.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not allowed in the 10K and 5K races. Dogs are allowed at Millennium Plaza Park during the Lake Run Family Fun Festival.

Can I get a shirt if I register after April 30?

Maybe. The LOWC cannot guarantee that shirts will be available to participants who register after April 30. The deadline placed on the LOWC by the shirt provider is April 30. We will place an order based on the numbers we have registered at that time. We will order extra shirts based on the number of participants that usually attend the Lake Run. Thus, after all participants who registered before the deadline receive their shirt at packet pick up on Friday before the race and after the races on race day, participants can stop by the Results tent to pick up available shirts while supplies last. If you register early, you will receive your shirt with your bib. If you register after the shirt deadline, you might score a shirt after the races are over. This will apply to children who participate in the Kids’ Dash as well. Once all the shirts are gone, they are gone. Please register before the shirt deadline!

I participated in the Lake Run last year - can I see what my race results were?

Certainly! Visit the Race Results page -- you can find your race results from several previous years, too.

Why a 10K versus a 12K?

The Lake Run Committee (LRC) has tried in past years to bring back a 12K course around Oswego Lake. Upon meeting with staff members of the City of Lake Oswego, the LRC was informed that due to safety concerns for runners and resident citizens’ complaints, the City of Lake Oswego will not allow the race route to cross any arterial roads (Southshore Blvd) and block entire neighborhoods from local traffic movement, even briefly. After much discussion, coordination, and compromise, the LRC and the City of Lake Oswego have designed a new 10K route that runs around Oswego Lake on, essentially, the same roads as in the past, while allowing for local traffic movement.
The LRC understands participants’ disappointment and frustration that the Lake Run has had to make a change in the distance offered for the race. We hope that you will still participate with us in raising funds for the Clackamas Women’s Shelter, Children’s Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and more. 'Charity begins around the lake', and the Lake Oswego Women’s Club aims to keep the tradition running!

If you have additional questions, concerns, or comments, please email

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