RiverFest gets underway this morning with a wicked-cold endurance swim relay and a community paddle put on by the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership. (If you get a chance, knock off early for lunch and head down to the Waterfront to check out their mammoth, 34-foot-long canoe.) And the aquatic festival picks up even more steam tomorrow with a Family Boat Building expo, and free boat demos from Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe topping the list of must-do activities, not to mention the Portland Triathlon and the inaugural Run for the River on Sunday (see below).
Run for the River
Didn’t get around to training for the Portland Triathlon this Sunday? (That’s OK, me neither.) But that doesn’t mean that you can’t join in on the fun. Introducing the Run for the River. Dreamed up by event organizers and sponsors this year, the bite-size fun run offers a 5K and a 1K option, both of which will land you at the big race’s living finish line and earn you the right to hoist an organic brew at the official after party—minus those pesky achy knees, of course.
It’s not every day that one of Portland’s most beloved outdoor gear companies—Keen—opens up some new digs in town. In fact, the just opened Keen Garage in the Pearl is the first ever retail shop to be opened by the preferred footwear provider for 98 percent of Portlanders. (OK, that’s a guestimate, but it seems pretty accurate.) Even better, if you stop in and decide to purchase some new kicks within the next week, the good folks at Keen will donate a backpack loaded with back-to-school supplies to the local nonprofit Schoolhouse Supplies. Talk about making a good first impression.