This story has been updated from its original version.
Lace-up your sneakers and put on your reflectors: It's time for the 10th annual Queen of the High Road 10-kilometer and half-marathon run May 20 — which may be the event's last year.
Put on by Sole Sisters, a walking and running group founded in Wilsonville in 2008 by three friends training for a half-marathon, the event draws hundreds of women from more than 10 neighboring communities to train for months leading up to the event. But unlike traditional 10Ks and half-marathons, Jules Moody, local trainer, Sole Sisters founding member and Queen of the High Road organizer, says that the untimed event is about fun rather than racing.
"The whole spirit of our race is about encouragement," Moody says.
Ten years ago, the event started in Wilsonville as a form of inspiration and to be a goal to work toward during monthly Sole Sister training sessions. From spectators lining the route, cheering for participants, to getting goodie-bags with prizes before getting a free post-run massage from local practitioners, the event is designed to be a celebration of physical accomplishments.
"We take anyone from slow walkers to fast runners," Moody says, adding that those who want to get in on the action but aren't able to participate should still reach out as volunteers. "It's a community effort and I invite anyone and everyone that's local to come and give back to the community by donating their services."
For Moody, this year's event will be a special one, not just because of its 10th anniversary but because it will be her last year organizing the event.
"This is the last year that I'm going to be a part of it," Moody says. "I don't know if anyone is going to pick it up after me… I'd love to see it keep going for our women in our city, but I am stepping down."
Although Moody doesn't have concrete plans for what she intends to do with the time that will be freed-up by stepping down, she does intend to stay involved in the fitness community. But until she retires from the event, Moody's all-in promoting and gearing up for the big day.
"We take registration up until the day of so you can even just walk in and join," Moody says, adding that proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wilsonville chapter of Young Life.
To register for the May 20 Queen of the High Road or to sign up to volunteer, go to solesisters.us/index.html
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story did not contain the date of the May 20 Queen of the High Road race.