Girlfriends Run for a Cure – Half & Quarter Marathon

About the Race

  • Date: 10/11/2015
  • Time: 9:00 am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.
  • Location: Northwest Personal Training

    1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660             

    360-574-7292

  • Cost: $65 before February 1st

    $70 February 1st - May 31st

    $75 June 1st - September 13th

    $80 September 14th - October 10th

     

    There will be no race day registration to ensure a smooth race start and for the sanity of our volunteers.

  • Cost Includes: A great price for a fun event, runner's shirt, necklace or medal, music, food & so much more!

    • Technical Women's Runner's t-shirt
    • Finisher's Gift
    • Post-event food and drink
    • Post-event festivities
    • Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
    • Giving back to the Community - Priceless!

    Notice: There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant on the waiting list - which will mean more donations to Susan G. Komen! This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry girlfriend, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.

    If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.

    If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at shantina@nwpersonaltraining.com to confirm this year's registration asap!

Description

The Girlfriends Run for a Cure has raised nearly $350,000 over the last 8 years!

The 9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure is a Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.

We started this event to honor and support one of our BFFs, Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends! Watch for her - she'll be wearing #1!

About half the gals run, half walk and many do a combination of running and walking. It doesn't matter how you get to the finish line, as long as you get there! :)

Tell all your girlfriends about this event so you can all have fun together. Plus the more people who participate, the more money we can raise for Breast Cancer Research, Care & Treatment.

How do you describe your best girlfriend? You love to hang with her – no matter what you’re doing. You can tell her anything without judgment. She inspires you to do and be better. She lifts you up and empowers you. She helps you to see the bright side when you’re going through a tough time. You can laugh and cry and sometimes just do nothing with her. So who is your best girlfriend? Is it your mom, your sis, your daughter, someone you’ve known for years or someone you just met recently? One thing is consistent – it’s someone you connect with on a deep level, a soul sister. And bottom line - when girlfriends get together they can accomplish anything! There’s nothing better, more beautiful than a bunch of strong, powerful, passionate women on a mission! And that’s why collectively, as a group of determined gals, we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Plus when you cross the finish line, you can’t imagine how that positively impacts YOUR entire life. The sense of accomplishment you will feel is unbelievable and it will provide you with the strength and confidence to conquer anything in your life. So – “Go Girlfriend Go Girlfriend Go!”

Course Info

We believe this is one of the prettiest courses in the Northwest! We've designed the Quarter Marathon (6.55 mile) and Half Marathon (13.1 mile) courses to take you through some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver and it really highlights our wonderful community including historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, the Columbian Riverfront, Ester Short Park, Farmers Market and more. The course is mostly flat with a couple short hills near the end so save a little energy. As you're climbing those hills just remember 'that which does not kill you, only makes you stronger'! There will be a few lead cyclists and plenty of course marshals and signage to ensure you know exactly where you are going.

There are a few very important splits on the course that you will want to pay attention to.  At about 2 miles, as you are exiting the Beaches parking lot, there will be signs and volunteers instructing you to go right if you are a Half Marathoner and go left if you are a Quarter Marathoner.  Go the correct way based on how you have registered. There is another location on 5th Ave after you’ve come over the Confluence Bridge and are heading towards Pearson Airport and Grand Central Complex where Half Marathoners will be directed to go down a hill and Quarter Marathoners will be directed to stay straight. You don’t have to memorize this as there will be signage and volunteers instructing you however, you will need to pay attention and follow the instructions. Note, please don’t decide to change the event you registered for without officially letting us know or else it significantly affects result reports for everyone.

 

Quarter Marathon Route: http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=549149

Half Marathon Route: http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rid=325519

Activities

Post-event Girly Perks & Festivities on Sunday October 11th:

We’re going to work hard to make this event as women-friendly as possible. For example,

  • Enjoy chocolate, fudge, cupcakes and savory treats at the finish line
  • Dirty Hands Brewing Company is going to be serving soup and beer and wine samples! This will keep you going and get you to the finish line knowing what is awaiting you!
  • Be treated to a massage, chiropractic treatment, stretching session or acupuncture treatment after you conquer the event. Sit and relax and chat with other cool women like yourself after you finish – that’s what girlfriends do best!
  • Get an amazing finishers medal or necklace placed around your next by a FIREMAN!
  • Receive a beautiful women's (non-unisex) running shirt that will remind you of your accomplishment.

Awards & Celebrations

Every woman is a winner in our eyes! But to reward those gals who are speedy, kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with:

Awards Ceremony for the Quarter Marathon at 11:00am

  • Trophies for Top Three Women Overall. Sorry, no age group awards for the Quarter Marathon.

Awards Ceremony for the Half Marathon at 11:30am

  • Trophies for Top Three Women Overall
  • Prizes for Top 3 Women in the Half Marathon in the following Age Groups:

19yrs & under, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70+ You get a winners’ ribbon just for showing up!!

Please stick around if you can for awards, door prizes and to see the last girlfriend finish and cheer her on.

Note: We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

Beneficiary

Susan G Komen for the Cure®

We have all either directly or indirectly been impacted by the effects of breast cancer. The proceeds of the Girlfriends Run for a Cure will go directly to the Oregon & SW Washington Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. They have given over $800 million dollars to over 2500 researchers around the globe and are the largest private funder for Breast Cancer research. The organizations' promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to curing breast cancer at every stage - from the causes to the cures, to the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.

The Girlfriends Run for a Cure will also benefit the Kearney Breast Center through the Pink Brigade program and the Children's Center through the Kids Mini Marathon.

Visit their website here. http://ww5.komen.org/

Set up a Personal Donation Page: Help us raise more funds! Are you really passionate about our cause?! If so, you can make a significantly great impact to our fund raising efforts! When you register, sign up to become an official fundraiser, set up your own personal Donation page and invite your friends to pledge your efforts on behalf of Breast Cancer research. Imagine if we each raised only $20, that would be an extra $60,000 raised! Wow!

 

What to Bring

Bring the obvious - running/walking shoes & gear, your bib number, your chip timing piece etc. Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. Fortunately, if you're dressed correctly, it shouldn't matter. If it's raining, you may want to layer with a water-proof running jacket. If it's cold, wear some running gloves. Vaseline is always a good idea on any spots that might rub (underarms, under the 'girls' aka breast area, inner thighs, feet). Also notice we're using Chip Timing to more accurately track your pace and placement. Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and be sure to step over the timing mats at the start and finish. At the end of the event, you must remove your Chip Timing Piece right at the finish line. Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket. And watch for the cameras en route and give us a big cheesy smile!

Plus remember to bring a warm, clean change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. Your girlfriends will appreciate that!

As a reminder, if your family is going to be cheering you along en route, remind them to bring cowbells, music and pom poms to help keep your energy up along the course. Drop subtle hints to your family and loved ones about how much you’d love for them to have flowers and balloons for you at the finish line. And be sure they make signs for you. Some of our favorites are “Go Mommy Go” or “My Grandma’s a rock-star!”. Or maybe get them a white shirt that they can decorate with encouraging words like “I bet my Mom can run faster than your Mom!” ;)

Kid's Events

Do you want to get your kids involved? Sign them up for the Kids Mini-Marathon and give them the sense of accomplishment as they cross the finish line too while raising money for the Children's Center     

Time:   Approximately 12:15pm

100% of the money the Kids Mini-Marathon raises will go to the Children’s Center, an incredible organization that helps kids who are dealing with some really tough stuff like physical, mental & sexual abuse, suicidal tendencies, divorce issues, and so many other issues that kids shouldn’t have to deal with.

Details:  At 12:15 on race day, kids will complete 1.1 miles together. You can also have them complete a training log and collect pledges to have them raise more money for Children’s Center. They register as a participant, complete a training log and collect pledges (optional), and pick up their goody bag and race shirt at goody bag pick-up the Friday or Saturday before the event. Then they finish 1.1 miles together on Sunday October 11th, receive a medal as they cross the finish line and feel amazing knowing they’re doing an awesome thing for a lot of kids.

Location: Northwest Personal Training

1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660

Cost of Kids Mini Marathon: $30

Cost of Kids Mini Marathon includes:          

  • Great kids running shirt
  • Goody bag
  • Medal
  • Post-event fun

Sense of Accomplishment - Priceless!

FAQ's

Are Jogger strollers allowed? Well, 13.1 miles for the kiddos might be a little much. Unless you don’t mind hearing “Mom, How much longer?” for a couple hours. Yeah, it might be a good idea to find a sitter for this one and just enjoy the event with your girlfriends. Plus it might be a little dangerous for your fellow walkers and runners to try to maneuver around you even for the Quarter marathon because some of the areas overlap and the intersections can be a little tight! But invite the kids to come and see you finish and participate in the Kids Mini Marathon to benefit the Children's Center. Teach them the importance of giving back at an early age. You’ll provide an awesome role model for them.

Are Ipods and headsets allowed?  Yes, we understand that many of you could not run or walk for one block without your music so just please keep the volume down so you can hear course marshal instructions and be aware of traffic. 

Can I pick up my girlfriend’s race package?  Yes, just please be sure you have the correct spelling of their name and their contact info so we can verify you have the correct package.

Can I switch my t-shirt size?  Getting the shirt sizes accurate for all different body shapes and sizes is extremely difficult! Sometimes shirts run small and sometimes they run big but we often don’t know that until we have them in our hands.

Will you offer a Bag Check: Yes! If you would like to leave items at the start/finish area, we will be using Pilates Plus (right across from our studio) as our Bag-check location. We ask that you place your belongings in a bag with your first and last name and Bib # clearly taped to the outside of the bag so we can easily identify your bag. We will ask you to show your Bib # when you pick up your bag at the finish. Please understand that we can't be responsible for your valuables so anything of value, please lock in your car.  

 

Can I switch my t-shirt size?  Getting the shirt sizes accurate for all different body shapes and sizes is extremely difficult! Sometimes shirts run small and sometimes they run big but we often don’t know that until we have them in our hands. If the size of the 'shirt' you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a 'Shirt' swap area at the Bag check area in Pilates Plus after the race. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap but will do our best to accommodate your need.

Can I use roller blades, a bike or skateboard? Unfortunately, for liability reasons, no bikes, skateboards or rollerblades are allowed. Although wouldn’t that be a cool sight to see a bunch of moms and grandmas roller-blading and skateboarding!?

Will you offer Awards for Walkers-only?  We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

Can I get a refund or transfer my registration to next year or to someone else?  There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant. This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry girlfriend, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.

If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.

If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at shantina@nwpersonaltraining.com to confirm this year's registration asap!

Why don’t you have race packet pickup on race day?  It's always so crazy on Sunday morning and it makes it easier on everyone, you included, if you take care of this on Friday or Saturday. But if it is absolutely impossible for you to pick up on Friday or Saturday, don’t worry we will accommodate you. We just want to try to minimize the craziness of hundreds and hundreds of gals trying to take care of this last minute.

Why won’t you let me register on Race Day?  For the same reason as above.  It gets so crazy on race day and we want to focus all of our energy on taking care of all the people who have pre-registered.  But again, if you come down and you really want to race and weren’t able to pre-register for whatever reason, we will probably take care of you. But if you can, sign up ahead of time so we can pre-order tshirt sizes and everything we need so we’re not guessing on total numbers. You know what it’s like when you’re trying to host a party and you don’t know who and how many are coming! Thanks so much for understanding!

How many porta-potties will you have at the start/finish area?

  • We've ordered 30 Porta-potties for the start/finish! Hopefully, the lines will be minimal!
  • Northwest Personal Training-Please reserve these bathrooms for our NWPT clients. Our plumbing can't handle the volume and if there's one thing we dislike, it's plunging a toilet! J
  • Pilates Plus - Across the street from NWPT

How many porta-potties will be on the Course: Fortunately, there are plenty of bathroom opportunities along the course. Along the waterfront before you drop down to Beaches, there will be a Porta potty. At Mile 2, you will pass Beaches Restaurant and they have agreed to allow all Girlfriends participants to use their restrooms. At about Mile 3.5, you'll pass bathroom spots in Marine Park (if it gets crowded and you're brave, feel free to take over the guys bathrooms too!). At Mile 5, you'll pass the restrooms in Wintler Park and we’ve ordered an extra porta-potty. You'll pass the Marine Park bathrooms again at around mile 6. You'll have the opportunity to use the Bathrooms at Beaches as we pass them again at around Mile 8 and the additional porta potty along the waterfront trail. At about Mile 9, you'll pass 2 Porta Potties that we've set up at Reserve and 5th street. At about Mile 10, you'll be travelling around the new Fred Meyer complex with lots of quick restroom stops at the local restaurants such as the Rock Woodfire Pizza, Subway, Panda express etc. which have all been notified and agreed to allow a bunch of sweaty girlfriends to use their restrooms. You'll pass the Reserve and 5th porta potties again at about Mile 11.5 and finally, at about mile 12, you can opt for a final restroom stop because we ordered another Porta potty for the top of the Fort Vancouver hill. We'll post signs at each opportunity-plenty of options for even the most menopausal, bladder-challenged woman! J

 

Where should my family go to cheer me along?  Good spots for your loved ones are:

 

  • Beaches Restaurant - they will see you twice here for the Half Marathon and once for the Quarter
  • Marine Park Area - for Half Marathoners only
  • Fort Vancouver Area - they will see you twice here for both the Quarter and Half Marathoners
  • Officer's Row
  • And of course, the finish line

 Just remind them to be careful if they are going to drive along the course to cheer you on at various locations.  And also remind them to make awesome signs for you, bring their cowbells to help keep your energy up and flowers for the finish line!  Don't assume they know to do this - sometimes you've got to give family a little direction!

Travel & Accomodations

For our out of town guests, if you are flying, you will need to schedule your flight arriving into Portland Oregon. The event start and finish and local hotels are a 20 minute cab ride from the airport.

Book your accommodations at one of the following hotels:

The Hilton Hotel

301 W. 6th St.

Vancouver, WA 98660

Phone: 360.993.4500

Use Group Code: 606 or 2014 Girlfriends Half Marathon

Two Double Beds: $109.00(Single rate), $109.00(Double rate), $119.00(Triple rate), $129.00(Quad rate)

One King Bed: $114.00 (single rate), $114.00 (Double rate), $124.00(Triple rate), $134.00(Quad rate)

www.vancouverwashington.hilton.com

Walking Distance/Few blocks from the start/finish.

 

Comfort Inn and Suites

401 E. 13th St.

Vancouver, WA 98660

Northwest Personal Training Company Rate: $79.00 (room w/2 double beds), $84.99 (room w/2 queen beds), $89.99 (King Suite)

(360) 696-0411

http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-vancouver-washington-WA198

3 blocks from the start/finish.

 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver/Portland

701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd

Vancouver WA 98661

360-750-1100

1-800-Call Home

www.vancouverportland.homewoodsuites.com

Located along the course on the waterfront and very easy to get to the start/finish.

Tell them that you are participating in the Girlfriends Run for a Cure and you will get 10% off!

 

Red Lion Hotel at the Quay

100 Columbia St.

Vancouver, WA 98660

Use code NWO to receive NWPT preferred rate of $79.95

Phone: 360.694.8341

http://www.redlion.rdln.com/

10 blocks from the start/finish.

Restaurants

Here's a list of great local restaurants to help you carb up on Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to make reservations early! There will be lots of gals looking for pasta!

Products

Products coming soon...

Training & Preparation

Girlfriend – how do you finish a Quarter and Half Marathon? You can run, jog, walk or crawl. We don’t care as long as you get there.

Be sure to train with us at Northwest Personal Training so you can be in the best shape of your life and cross the finish line. We will be hosting Training clinics to help ensure you get to the finish line! Call us at 360.574.7292 for more details.

General Running Program Design: Here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program. Please call us at 360.574.7292 to help you customize your program to your needs.

 

  1. If you are not running consistently right now, start with a Learn to Run program that will start with 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking and gradually progress adding 1 minute of running per session per week and reduce walking until you can comfortably run non-stop.
  2. As you progress your weekly long runs, do not increase your volume any more than 10-20% every 1-2 weeks. Be more conservative if you are more prone to injury.
  3. Try not to run 2 days in a row if possible. Running exposes your body to a lot of impact and it is helpful to allow your body time to recover in between running workouts, especially if you are prone to injury.
  4. Allow for one full recovery day per week. It doesn’t mean you have to lay around watching TV and eating bon bons all day but it’s a good idea to have one day a week when you aren’t concerned about getting into your training zone and instead, allow your body a day’s rest from impact and intensity.
  5. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and consult with an expert to help determine the right show for your body. Check out the following column where I discuss in the details the key pointers on getting the right running shoe for you.  http://blogs.columbian.com/sherri-mcmillan/2014/07/22/choosing-right-athletic-shoes/
  6. If possible, run on packed, level dirt, trails, or grass, which are a lot easier on your body. If running through the city, paved roads (asphalt) are easier on your legs than concrete sidewalks (cement).  Just watch for traffic and always run in the opposite direction of cars so you can react if needed.
  7. Before you begin any run or run/walk workout, start with a 6-12 minute walk. This will allow your heart rate and breathing rate to increase gradually, your body temperature to rise and prepare your muscles for the workout.  Once you've completed your warm-up, complete the following dynamic joint movements to take your lower body joints through their full range of motion in a slow, controlled fashion.  Start with one leg in front of the other. 
  8. Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf. Repeat 10-15x.
  9. Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock). Repeat 10-15x
  10. Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
  11. Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
  12. Now hold your knee up and balance while doing 10 ankle circles one way and then the other way.

Repeat this sequence on the other leg.

Then perform a 20 fast toe taps on each leg and 20 heel raises. 

You're now ready to start your workout.  Ease into your training zone.   

  1. Finish each workout with a 6-12 minute walk to cool down the body and flush out the legs, which helps with recovery.
  2. Once you have completed each workout including warm-up and cool-down, be sure you save enough time to lengthen and release. This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing injuries and to aid in the recovery process. If you don’t foam roll regularly, please call us at 360.574.7292 so we can schedule you in to show you a few critical release techniques.
  3. Implement muscle strength and endurance training into your program. As you run, the muscles of your lower body absorb the forces.  As your muscles fatigue, they lose their shock absorbing abilities and the forces are absorbed more through your bones and joints.  If you strength train, your muscles become stronger, are better able to absorb impact, take longer to fatigue and are better able to generate greater force leading to faster running speeds.  The ability of a muscle to resist fatigue helps reduce the incidence of injury. Research has shown the areas that suffer the largest amount of stress include the feet, the shins, the back, knees and the hip.  Therefore, a specific program that addresses these areas must be followed if long-term running is a goal.  Luckily you don't need to spend a great deal of time in the weight room to experience these benefits.  All you'll need to do is 1 set of 8-20 reps of a variety of exercises two times per week.  This equates to about 30-60 minutes a few times a week.  We're hoping that those of you who want to minimize your risk for injury and enhance your running performance, will be able to find the motivation and time to fit these short workouts in.  If you do not have a personalized weight training program, we strongly encourage you to invest in a few sessions with a trainer, so they can design a program for you.  This will ensure you’re not wasting any time during your workouts.
  4. Incorporate cross training into your program. We'd rather see an exerciser run 3x/week and compliment their program with swimming, cycling, resistance training and fitness classes rather than run 6x/week.  Cross training will maintain a greater balance to your program and your body and keep your program exciting.
  5. Consider how you run. Seems easy enough right? Right foot, left foot.  But there is actually a science.  Go to the following link for a blog about Effective Running Technique. http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/09/29/running-program-week-8/ In fact, there is an 11 week Running Program series chock full of great information for those of you who are starting your running career! J

 

Tapering: At about 2 weeks from race day, It's time to back off on your training mileage to allow your body enough time to recover and repair before event day. Focus more on quality versus quantity.

 

Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During & After the event:

  • Eat well the week before the event. Drink lots of water to ensure you're well hydrated and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Dinner on Friday and Saturday night should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. For example, a chicken/tofu and vegetable pasta with half marinara/cream is a nice option. Or a Vegetable, Meat/Tofu stir-fry with brown rice is a good option. If you know a certain meal has worked in the past, stick with it! And get plenty of rest!
  • On Sunday morning, your pre-race meal should contain easily digestible carbohydrates (ie. bread, cereal, bagel, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
  • During the event, take water at each of the 6 aid stations - approximately every 2 miles on course. Even just a few sips will help. When you take your water cup, try squeezing the top of your cup together to create a narrow opening, so as you drink, you don't inhale and choke on too much water. If you feel you may require more water or fuel than this, please be sure to carry it with you. With about 3 to 5 miles left to a half marathon, many runners/walkers like to have a little bit of sugar - we'll have PowerBar Gels and Fluid Replacement Drink at all the aid stations to give you that last little push to the finish.
  • Post event - Congratulations! Be sure to get some fluids - especially the energy drink that Corwin will provide - into your system right away. Definitely consume some of the fruit, bagels, energy bar and soup that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. Harry's has donated soup which taste so good after a good run/walk. This will help you recover much more quickly and replenish those depleted carbs in your muscles. Then later in the day - eat what you want (within reason). You deserve it! :)

Race Day Mental Prep:  Have Fun! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how well you feel and how excited you are about the event. Smile and get yourself in a good frame of mind. Remember to enjoy the experience. Try your best but remember to pace yourself ! You've already won just by showing up!

 

One of the best things you can do during the race to help others have an enjoyable experience is to offer lots of support and praise to the rest of the gals completing this event. So as you pass a gal, tell her how great she is doing. And as you're getting passed, tell the gal how strong she looks. Cheer each other on, it makes the time pass by quickly and empowers you and every gal on the course!

Date: 07/17/2015 - 07/19/2015

Various start times depending on event. See schedule below.

This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. Have them email the following to michellem@nwpersonaltraining.com if they can help out:

Name:

Cell Phone Number:

Email Address:

Any specific time constraints they have:

And remember, there's no way we could put on this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event. So be extra-nice to our course marshals, aid station helpers, Officers, Fire-fighters and anyone helping out. Thank them as often as possible because we have been told we have the best volunteers ever and we want them to all come back next year! ?

Northwest Personal Training

1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660

360-574-7292

Northwest Personal Training

1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660

360-574-7292

$65 before February 1st

$70 February 1st - May 31st

$75 June 1st - September 13th

$80 September 14th - October 10th

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Sponsors & Distributors

Corwin

A huge thank you to Corwin for keeping us hydrated and supplying all of our hydration needs for the Girlfriend's Half Marathon.

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Powerbar

A huge thank you to PowerBar for supplying all of our energy bars and gels to help us get to the finish line feeling great!

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Clark County Washington Reserve Unit

We want to thank the Clark County Washington Reserve Unit for helping to keep our race participants safe!

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Evan Pilchik Photography

Thank you to Evan Pilchik Photography for providing photographic memories for us!

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FASTSIGNS of Vancouver

Thank-you to Barry and the team at FASTSIGNS for providing great banners and for supporting our events and our community!

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Fit Right Northwest

Thank you Fit Right Northwest for your support!

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