Sam Day 5K and Birthday Bash

5K registration fee: $45
Kids run: $15

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About the Sam Day 5K And Kids Run

The Sam Day 5K is the inaugural event  benefiting the Sam Day Foundation with the purpose of funding better treatments for rare pediatric cancers, and life-giving experiences for kids with cancer. Sam battled a rare bone cancer for six years, and passed away on August 27th, 2016 just one week before his freshman year at Sunset High School. In those six years he taught us three important lessons:

Dream big, laugh often, and live well.  

In the spirit of Sam Day, this run is sure to be a high energy, fun, inclusive and meaningful event for all runners, volunteers and party goers.

The run will begin and end at Sunset High School in Cedar Mill, Oregon. As you leave the Sunset High School campus and make your way through Sam’s neighborhood you’ll be cheered on and encouraged by dozens of spectators, sounds, music and messages along the way. Kids with cancer want to live well and the Sam Day 5K is creating that opportunity and setting the example!

Bring your friends and family to the post run Birthday Bash for some music, awards and of course, party favors!

The 5K route is on pavement and weaves through closed neighborhood streets and pathways.

Sam Day Birthday Bash


After the race, you will enjoy a post-run birthday bash with music, awards and, of course, part favors!

Sam would have been 17 years old on this day, June 23rd. We will remember him by bringing people together for laughter, music (courtesy of Sam’s playlist), stories and a fun community experience. We’ll let kids with cancer know they have not been forgotten and we are fighting for better treatment and experiences for them, regardless of how rare their cancer is. And we will remember kids like Sam, for whom curative treatment had not been found.

Packet Pickup

Friday, June 22, between 5 - 7 p.m. at Sunset High School, near the football field off Cornell Rd.


Parking will be available on the Sunset High School campus and across Cornell at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. And maybe Columbia at the corner of Cornell and Science Park Drive.

Detailed 5K Map

Runners finishing after 8:40pm may need to wait for the crosswalk to cross Cornell. Cornell will be closed to traffic from 8pm to 8:35pm.

When: June 23rd in the evening. Kids run starts at 7:30pm 5K starts at 8pm The Birthday Bash is from 8:15 - 10:00pm

Where: Sunset High School in Cedar Mill, Oregon 13840 NW Cornell Rd.

Why: To benefit the Sam Day Foundation, so kids with cancer can survive and live well.

*No pets on the course.

Runners will receive:

  • Participant t-shirt
  • Super cool Finisher Medal - all participants
  • Goodie bag with some of Sam’s favorite things and glow in the dark swag
  • Chip timing
  • On-course water and support
  • Music
  • Awards ceremony and After Party
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