This past weekend, we held our inaugural 5K run/walk to kick start our 2016 fight against cystic fibrosis. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised $7,912 through the 5K participation and sponsorship. However, we’ve just taken our first steps towards our 2016 goal of $50,000 and we’ve got a lot more work to do. Help us reach our goal.
How can you help?
A big thanks to all that are participating in the inaugural Battle CF 5K Run/Walk! The Battle For The Bridge team really appreciates your support in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. We’re providing you with information on Saturday’s 5K:
Where is the race located?
- Address: The race is located at Mary S Young Park: 19900 Willamette Drive, West Linn, OR 97068
Where is parking and check-in located?
- Parking: Please refer to the map below. Once you enter the Park driveway from Willamette drive, follow until you see the signs for parking. The first lot will be on the right (Across the street from soccer/football fields, where the check-in /starting line is located). The second lot is at located at the end of the driveway.
- Check-in: The race check-in is located in the soccer/football fields across from the first parking lot.
How do I check-in?
- Proceed to the check-in booth. A team member will check you in to the race. Then sign a liability waiver and collect your BIB. You can also check-in bags/gear if needed.
- If you have not registered, a team member will collect payment and assign you a race bib. Then sign a liability waiver and collect your BIB. You can also check-in bags/gear if needed.
- Restrooms are located close to the check-in/start/finish area.
How does the race work?
- The race is a 5K (timed by Uberthons) and it is 2 laps around Mary S Young Park. Because the race is 2 laps, you will go through the finish line twice; meaning you will receive two times.
- Water is provided at the start/finish line and at a station on the trail.
- Runners will begin at 9:00 and walkers at 9:10.
When do I receive my time?
- Uberthons will provide the times shortly after the race and will post the results here.
What do I receive at the end of the race?
- A commemorative Battle CF Challenge Coin.
How does this race support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis?
- Fundraising: All proceeds from this event and our 2016 events will be forwarded to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chapter of Oregon; who then directs the proceeds to be directed towards the research for a cure. This consists of funds raised through participation, donations, and sponsorships (TZ Medical, Sarah DeLauder from Country Financial) for all of our 2016 Battle For The Bridge events.
- Education: We will also have guest speakers who will speak prior to the start of the race and information on Cystic Fibrosis will be available as well.
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.
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
Breaking News! The Battle For The Bridge VI Football Game has been moved to August 6, 2016.
Click here for sign-up and event details for Football Players, Coaches, Dance Team Alumni, and Spectators.
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.
Battle for the Bridge Alumni Basketball Game
The 2nd annual Battle for the Bridge alumni basketball game was a tremendous success, raising almost $4,000. 20 alumni from both Oregon City and West Linn participated in this year’s contest.
Proceeds from this year’s game will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation and Oregon City and West Linn boys basketball.
Battle for the Bridge Holiday Party on December 5!
Join Battle for the Bridge at the Holiday Sweater Party on Saturday, December 5 from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM at Ancestry Brewing in Tualatin. There is no better way to celebrate the season and taste a preview of Ancestry Brewing straight from the brewery!
Music will be provide by Yellow Tux Entertainment and PDX Sliders will be on site sampling their latest fair. A contest will also award the best holiday sweater in attendance.
Tickets are $20 per person (includes two free beer tokens, additional food and drink options available for purchase). Space is limited so we encourage you to register today.
Happy Holidays from Battle for the Bridge!
2nd Annual Battle for the Bridge Basketball Game
Practice for the 2nd Annual Battle for the Bridge alumni basketball game (Tuesday, November 10 at West Linn High School at 7:30 PM) begins this Monday.
Interested players should register today by clicking on this link. The fee to participate in this year’s game is $100. Registration includes practices, uniform to be worn at the game, and Battle for the Bridge t-shirt.
Oregon City practice will take place on the dates listed below. All practices for the Oregon City Alumni will be held at the new Oregon City High School gymnasium from 8-9:30 PM.
West Linn practice will take place on the dates listed below. All practices for the West Linn Alumni will be held at West Linn High School gymnasium from 8:30-10:00 PM.
If you cannot participate this year we hope you will attend the game on November 10 at West Linn High School. Admission is $5 per person. You can also make a tax deductible donation to Battle for the Bridge by visiting our website at www.BattlefortheBridge.com.
Questions? Contact Ryan Wells at ryan@BattlefortheBridge.com or Imran Haider at imran@BattlefortheBridge.com for more information on how to participate or sponsor this year’s game.
Oregon City vs. West Linn Breakfast on September 3rd
The annual Oregon City vs. West Linn Football Breakfast will take place at 6:30 AM on Thursday, September 3 at the Oregon City Elks Lodge. The Pioneers take on the Lions at 7 PM on Friday, September 4 at Pioneer Stadium. Breakfast tickets are $10 at the door and all alumni and friends of Oregon City and West Linn Football are encouraged to attend. The game on September 4 will mark the 95th consecutive meeting between Oregon City and West Linn making it the longest, continuously played high school football game west of the Mississippi. Oregon City leads the high school series by a slim margin, 50-43-1, and the alumni series 4-1.
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?
Fathers and Family
By David Norman
This past Sunday we celebrated Father’s day. It’s a time that we reflect and honor the fathers and men in our lives that have guided us, mentored us, and shaped us into the people we are today. In this edition of our newsletter, I’d like to share an aspect about Battle For Bridge that celebrates Fatherhood in its entirety. Fatherhood created Battle For The Bridge and fatherhood makes this event special and unique.
Ian Giammanco co-created Battle For The Bridge in an effort to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a life threatening condition that affects his daughter Sophia. It is because of a father’s love and pursuit to find a cure for his daughter that this event was established. This love took an alumni football game and transformed it into a medium to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
One can feel the impact of fatherhood in the football game. The bond between fathers and sons and traditions passed down from generations of West Linn and Oregon City Alumni. You could sense how special this game was when Todd MacClanathan (WL 1985) and his son Michael (WL 2011) both sacked the Oregon City Quarterback together in the first Battle For The Bridge; and with Michael Wilson (WL 1985) playing with his son, Christian (WL 2011). Players on both sides could see the bond between Rick Schneider (OC 1979) and his son, Quarterback Russell Schneider (OC 2001) playing together; or when Coach Greg Lord returned to coach Oregon City alumni, which included his son Mike (OC 1995). You can also feel the generational impact of this game as current West Linn High School students Connor and Katie Maloney watch their father, Mike (WL 1986), battle in the trenches of the offensive and defensive line. The sense of family was present in the stands as Bill Hoveke watched his son TC (WL 2005) and grandson Mitch (WL 2012) play football and his daughter, Liz (WL 1994) perform at half time show with the alumni dance teams. And finally, it was powerful for me to look into the stands and see my father watching me play football one more time.
Fatherhood and community. Fighting for a cure. This football game is privilege and tradition exclusive only to Oregon City and West Linn Alumni. It’s not just a game; it’s a family affair.