Battle Cystic Fibrosis 5K with Battle for the Bridge

On Saturday, June 18, join Battle for the Bridge nonprofit in a run to fight Cystic Fibrosis. You’ll enjoy running through the beautiful course along the Willamette River while you help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

Quick info:
Who: Battle for the Bridge nonprofit
What: Inaugural 5K timed charity run to fight Cystic Fibrosis
When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 9 a.m. (Bib pickup starts at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Mary S. Young park in West Linn
Why: Raise funds to support the research to cure Cystic Fibrosis
How: Registration (Registrations accepted on race day)
Cost: $30 (100% of proceeds go to charity)
Timing by Uberthons

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Battle For The Bridge 5K – June 18, 2016

Join us at 7 am on June 18, 2016 at Mary S. Young park for the first annual Battle for the Bridge 5k run. You’ll enjoy running through the heavily treed, beautiful course along the Willamette river while you help Battle for the Bridge raise money to help find and fund a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Register here to participate.

Why We “Battle”

Why I “Battle”

By Michael MacClanathan

West Linn Class of 2010

 

Over the years, I have come to understand that there is more to life than what the eye can see. Coaches are more than big headed bosses telling you what to do, leaders pull the heavy loads rather than encourage others to push, and super heroes walk around in camouflage rather than capes. But there is one thing that continues to surprise me with life long lessons, and that is the sport of football.

 

When I first joined Battle for the Bridge, I witnessed what many see when they look at the playing field–a bunch of guys not ready to hang up the hat. Though I was still playing collage ball at the time, I knew that this was soon to be my only chance of getting a fix playing football. What I did not realize is that it would become much more.

 

While playing for Linfield, I began to understand the secret behind the success of the program. It is something that every team can have but many fail to achieve. Family structure. We never played for ourselves, but for each other. The selfless players were always the most successful because they had the trust and the support of their entire team. After four years of playing in this environment, it was then I was able to see that Battle for the Bridge is more than just a football game.

 

Each year, when I walk onto that field I am surrounded by the most selfless players. Each of the players are ready play for something bigger then themselves.  They are all ready to be a part of something incredible.  Even though I have not experienced the hardship and struggles that drive many of these players to fight for the ones they love, I found myself doing what ever it takes to help them through their adversity.

 

So why do I participate? It is not for the pride and glory of being the best. It is not for cheers and whistles when we step on the field. It is for the men right beside me in the green and gold, and the red and white. It is for those who understand the true meaning of what this organization stands for. It is for those who fight against the adversity that challenges their health and their way of life.

 

As I raise my metaphorical glass, I thank my extended family on both sides of the Bridge. I can only hope that my involvement in this organization will help to continue this tradition for years to come.

 

Thank you to everyone for allowing me to be a part of the family.

This is why I “Battle.”  Why do you?