Saturday, August 25 saw 65 people of every age running and walking in Minto Brown Island Park to support the climate.

The first annual Run for the Climate 5K event was a benefit for “Plant for the Planet”, a youth environmental organization, as well as the 350 Salem climate action group.

“I have been extremely heartened by Salem’s response to the Climate Run,” said organizer Ray Quisenberry after the last runner had crossed the finish line. “First, by the business and non-profit community that sponsored the event, and then by the wonderful response we got from the community by showing up and enjoying a run or walk through Minto Brown Park.”

Information on climate change was available at the organizing area and all participants received a free reusable goodie bag. Several lucky people also won raffle prizes.

“The weather couldn’t have been more perfect,” Quisenberry reflected.

“After 9 months of taking the idea of a climate-themed run, and developing it with the best team of people I’ve ever worked with, I am so pleased that Salem Run for the Climate was so much fun for everyone.”

The Climate Run had wide community support, largely from local businesses including  Strava, Fox Blue, Venti’s, Bike Peddler, Scott’s Cycle and Fitness, Cherriots, Indigo Wellness, Salem Progressive Film Series, Oregon Peaceworks, The Northwest Hub and John Gear Law Office LLC.