Friday April 19, 2013 | 08:55 AM
Posted by In the City

Who doesn't have a soft spot for water?

It's the best drink you can find (local microbrews not withstanding), it's pretty awesome to float in (especially off the shore of a tropical island) and it helps make your clothes smell like you haven't worn them for three days straight (mostly).

Saturday's a day to celebrate H2O in Portland at the Urban Family Runoff - Earth Day Race and Festival.

The run is a 5K and it starts at 9 a.m. at Deering High at 370 Stevens Ave. Register on race day (7:30 to 8:45 a.m.) for $25 and you'll run along the part of the Portland Trails system's Forest City Trail.

The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with hands-on activities, fun for kids and info about water. Here's the rest of the schedule for the day:

10:15 a.m. - Urban Runoff awards ceremony

10:30 a.m. - Fishing Pole giveaway

10:45 a.m. - Clean Water Edutainment with Randy Judkins

11:30 a.m. - Fishing Pole giveaway (sponsored by Cabela’s)

11:45 a.m. - Ecology Takes the Stage with the Ferry Beach Ecology School

12:30 p.m. - Fishing Pole giveaway

12:45 p.m. - Earth Jams with Matt Loosigian

The message of the day - and what part of the funds raised will be geared toward - is clean water education. With that in mind, event organizers are asking participants to consider biking, carpooling or walking to the event. There will even be a bike valet service from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the high school.


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