Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech
Benefiting Youth Entrepreneurship & Empowerment.
Featuring Music, Food, Entertainment & Professional Chip-Timed Races.

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Welcome to the Spirit of Portland Award Winning MLK Dream Run Weekend Celebration




By Running in the MLK Dream Run you will help to support the NNEBA Fellows youth development and empowerment program that give young people 16-26 with barriers to success the opportunities to thrive in and entreprenuerial environments. Additionally the run celebrates the revitalization of the Soul of Portland, located inner N/NE Portland, where the heart and soul of creativity and community is hard at work!  

The 5, 10 & 15K run distances will take you through the charming and historic retail, residential and park scapes of the Soul District 

Mission and Goals

  • Provide a fun, unique, running event (USATF Sanctioned)
  • Annual fundraiser for NNEBA's Youth Entrepreneurial Internship Program partnering youth interns ages 16-26 with local businesses
  • Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vision for inspiring the world with his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in Washington DC August 1963, during the march for jobs and equality.
  • Promote health, social and economic equity for all
  • Celebrating the economic revitalization of MLK Jr. Blvd Corridor and the N/NE Portland Soul District Community
  • Generate foot traffic in NE Portland Business District, promoting awareness and business activity to the districts over 5,000 businesses, 64,,000 residents and 11 neighborhoods
  • Engage businesses to participate directly and creatively in the event for community unity
  • Assist in the fulfillment of the city’s official “ Economic Development Strategy” in particular its goals around “small business support and neighborhood vitality” as well as “drive urban innovation” while supporting the “ athletic and outdoor” appeal of the region to manufacturers.
  • Establish the MLK Dream Run as an annual event that is recognized locally, regionally and nationally for its tribute to economic and social equity

A Spirit of Portland Award Winning Event

Executive Committee

  • Dream Run Race Director
    • John Washinton
  • Dream Run Marketing & Sponsorship
    •  Fawn Aberson
  • Volunteer Coordinator 
    • Jonathan Buford
USATF Consult
  • Lee Barrett
  • ​Chip Timing
    • ​Huber Timing Company- Jeff and Heather Huber


About Soul District Business Association ( Formerly NNEBA)

Since 1975, the Soul District Business Association has promoted economic and business interests in inner northeast Portland and works with public and private entities to identify, promote and implement many positive changes in the area. NNEBA is the voice for 5,000 businesses in N/NE Portland, the majority of which are located on the streets parallel and intersecting NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. For more information on becoming a part of or working with NNEBA click here www.souldistrictbiz.org




Vault of Opportunity

Rise To Majestic Heights

Soul Force


Let Freedom Ring
Kaiser Permanente

Motivational Mile Marker

Pursuit of Happiness

Media Sponsors


The MLK Dream Run is Produced in Collaboration with