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5K Runaway Run-Rock-Read Celebrating the Legacy of Beverly Cleary Culture and Literacy
Beverly Cleary 5K Runaway and 4th Annual Children’s Literacy Celebration
Saturday, May 13 • 10 am • Downtown Yamhill
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Run! Rock! Read!
Join the Yamhill Downtown Association to celebrate the legacy of children’s author Beverly Cleary!
The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. with a family-friendly 5K race. Runners can take in the scenic vistas of the Yamhill-Carlton wine country and grab some swag by catching up with the Running Rocker, Jason Moore, who will be shredding on an electric guitar while keeping an 8-minute-mile pace—and taking song requests along the route! Click here to register:
Beverly Cleary 5K Runaway (
With awards for the top runners, the post-race celebration will also honor the winners of our annual children’s writing and art contest, which launches on Beverly Cleary’s birthday, April 12:
Family Fun Post-Race Party
Thank you to the Larson House for sharing their back lawn and hosting the event location. Stay for their Beverly Cleary-themed brunch!
• Birthday cake and ice cream in honor of Beverly Cleary
• Handcrafted hotdogs courtesy Source Farms
• Cold brew coffee from Tabletop Coffee Roasters
Kid Zone (weather permitting)
• Look through a solar telescope courtesy the Carlton Observatory
• Bounce house and yard games
All kids can take home copy of Emily’s Runaway Adventure by Beverly Cleary, courtesy of local nonprofit Madeline’s Library
Take the whole family on a fun jaunt around town and along the nature trail to explore Yamhill history, Beverly Cleary fun facts, and local flora and fauna--with special help from Outdoor Education Adventures
Wine Country Goodness and Electric Guitar Raffle
Donate a new or gently used children’s book to Madeline’s Library for a chance to win!
Bring your four-legged friends (treats and waste bags provided)
Thank You to Our Event Sponsors
First Federal Bank • Larson House • Paula Merritt • Lee and Linda Schrepel  
Source Farms • Edge Electric • Tabletop Coffee Roasters • Wine Country Properties

The Yamhill Downtown Association Loves Yamhill!

Yamhill is a thriving small town of amazing people! With an active city government and a diverse collection of businesses, Yamhill supports over 1000 residents in a historically rich setting on the west side of Yamhill County.

In the stagecoach era, Yamhill was a major stop offering many restaurants, overnight accommodations, and a bakery. Stagecoaches filled with travelers ran right by the current T&E store, on their way to the coast. In 1888, Yamhill became the first city in Oregon to have electricity!


Today our local farmers grow hazelnuts and other orchard crops, rich field crops like bright red clover, and numerous wine grapes (the Yamhill Carlton AVA is very special).

The YDA wants to keep our lively historical past in our minds as we move ahead to make Yamhill an even better place to live and shop in the future!


We hope you join our connected Yamhill community! 

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Meet The Team


Phillips Higgins

Philip Higgins is a Yamhill native, grew up on a

15-acre farm, and worked a variety of local agricultural jobs. After college Philip worked in the Wine industry and owned and operated a local restaurant. Currently a Commercial Real Estate Broker, Philip and his family continue to live, work, and play in beautiful Yamhill County.  You can catch a glimpse of Philip riding his road bike, come rain or come shine, on the beautiful back country roads of Yamhill County. 


Anita Borgaes

Anita grew up in Dundee and in her youth worked many jobs, one of them picking grapes in "Dundee Red Hills". After college and many travels she returned to Yamhill County and became a real estate broker. After meeting life partner Larry Stevens, they created Wine Country Properties, owning and operating boutique style vacation rentals within the county. Anita & Larry spend their spare time on their 40-acre farm: cultivating their passion for land stewardship & nurturing their hobby vineyard.


Kara Weber

Kara grew up in Oregon

and discovered the beauty of Yamhill County riding road bikes with her

husband. After discovering a quaint fixer-upper, the couple moved to downtown Yamhill to start a business and raise their young daughter. She jumped at the opportunity to help foster the communities' proper vision for downtown Yamhill: bringing beautification rather than gentrification. In her spare time, Kara loves painting, drawing, wine-tasting and hacking out songs on the electric guitar. 

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