Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half & Quarter Marathon


Event Details 10/11/2015 9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.


About The Race

Check out how much fun we have! Such an inspirational day!

The Girlfriends and Pink Brigade have raised nearly $350,000 over the last 8 years!



CONFIRMATION LINKS

Half Marathon: http://racecenter.com/confirmations/2015/conf_g515.htm

Quarter Marathon: http://racecenter.com/confirmations/2015/conf_g615.htm

Kids Mini-Marathon: http://racecenter.com/confirmations/2015/conf_g715.htm


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! :)

So tell all your girlfriends, recruit & inspire them and together have fun and help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research, Care, Treatment & a Cure. This Half and Quarter Marathon walking and running event is designed specifically for women including awesome women’s technical shirts, cool medals, chocolate, cupcakes, massage and firemen waiting for you at the finish line! It's a fabulous Girl's weekend plus the more people who participate, the more money we can raise!

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!”


Date

10/11/2015

9:00am 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


Map & Directions

From I5 going South Take 1-5 to the City Center/Mill Plain/Port of Vancouver Exit #1C. Veer to the right at the bottom of the ramp. Get into the left lane safely but immediately. Turn left at Broadway. Northwest Personal Training is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11th and Evergreen/10th st). Parking is free on the weekends.

From Portland - 15 going North Take I-5 to City Center/6 th Street Exit #1B. Stay straight off the ramp which turns into "C" St. Turn left on Evergreen St. Go one block to Broadway. Northwest Personal Training is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11th and Evergreen/10th st.). Parking is free on the weekends.

From Highway 14 Take Highway 14 West to the City Center Exit. Stay straight which turns into "C" St. T Turn left on Evergreen St. Go one block to Broadway. Northwest Personal Training is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11th and Evergreen/10th st.). Parking is free on the weekends.

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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, toffee, cupcakes and savory treats at the finish line
    • Whole Foods is going to be serving soup and other treats!
    • Deschutes Brewery will be serving beer samples.
    • 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 necklace placed around your neck by a FIREMAN!
    • Receive a beautiful long sleeve women's (gender specific) 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 approximately 11:00am and Half Marathoners at approximately 11:30am

    • Awards for the Top Overall Three Champions for the Quarter & Half Marathoners
    • Awards for Top 3 Women in the Half & Quarter Marathon in the following Age Groups: 14 and under, 15-19yrs, 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.


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, your ID and some cash so you can enjoy the post-event festivities.

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 & Teaching our kids to give back - 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.

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@whyracingevents.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.

Can I register on Race Day?  Yes, but if you can, please register ahead of time. 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!
    • 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!

 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!

What is the Pink Brigade? The Pink Brigade is a group of 50 guys who have each agreed to raise $500 or more for the Kearney Breast Center and will either run or walk the event with the Girlfriends or agree to be a VIP Volunteer.  Collectively, they will raise $25,000 for the Kearney Breast Center!  Click here for more information about the Pink Brigade.


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:

Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver, 401 E. 13th Street 360-696-0411

$79- room with 2 double beds
$84.99- room with 2 queen beds
$89.00- king suit.

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
Phone: 360.694.8341

Use code NWO to receive NWPT preferred rate of $79.95

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

10 blocks from the start/finish.

SpringHill Suites Portland Vancouver

1421 Se Tech Center Dr

Vancouver, WA 98683

360-260-1000

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Start date: 10/9/15

End date: 10/12/15

SpringHill Suites Portland Vancouver  for 10% off per night

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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!


Course Details

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 of 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: www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=569913

Half Marathon Route: www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=569512


Registration & Packet Pickup


Cost

$65 before February 1st

$70 February 1st - May 31st

$75 June 1st - September 13th

$80 September 14th - October 10th

$100 Race Day Registration - Consider it an amazing donation to the treatment and research to find the cure for Breast Cancer!


Cost Includes

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

A great price for a fun event, technical shirt, necklace, music, food & so much more!

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@whyracingevents.com to confirm this year's registration asap!


Registration Details

Register Now

Call 360.574.7292 for more information


Packet Pickup Details

Please pick up your goody bags, bib #, shirts and chip pieces at NW Personal Training (1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660) at the Friday and Saturday time slots listed below. Plus it will give you the opportunity to scope out the start/finish area. Note, we do not have packet pick-up scheduled for Sunday but if it is absolutely impossible for you to pick up on Friday or Saturday we will accommodate you. 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.

    • Friday October 9th from 12pm-7:00pm - If you live in the Vancouver area, we strongly encourage you to come on Friday which should offer shorter line-ups. If you live in Oregon, we suggest coming over on Friday before 3pm - later than that, traffic can be crazy trying to get over the bridge.
    • Saturday October 10th from 8:00am-5:00pm


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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  • Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf. Repeat 10-15x.
  • Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock). Repeat 10-15x
  • Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
  • Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
  • 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.   

Finish each workout with a 6-12 minute walk to cool down the body and flush out the legs, which helps with recovery. 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.

Tapering: 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 especially for the Half Marathon.

What to Wear: 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 a Disposable Chip Timing piece within your racing Bib to more accurately track your pace and placement. 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!

What to Eat Before and During the event:

  • Eat well the week before the event (well all the time! J ). 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 before the race 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! 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!
  • Beaches - One of our aid stations with fabulous views of the Columbia River Beaches
  • Tommy O's – Fun, healthy ambiance. Ask to meet Tommy! Tommy O's
  • Main Event – Owned by some very fun, cool guys! Main Event
  • Rock Woodfire Pizza The Rock Wood Fire Pizza
  • Little Italy Little Italy
  • 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, I like to usually 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. Whole Foods has donated the soup which tastes 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!

Be a good Girlfriend: 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!


Sponsors & Exhibitors


Our Partners

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A huge thank you to PowerBar for supplying energy bars and gels to keep us going strong to the finish line!

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CORWIN

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

Our athletes – triathletes, duathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists – are active, educated, middle to high income earners who are committed to their fitness while also supporting our community. They are loyal to brands that support their mission towards a healthy body, mind, spirit and world.

These athletes are strong consumers of:

  • Health & Wellness services such as Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Natural Medicine, Acupuncture, Personal Training and Coaching. They break it down and need you to build it back up again and keep them healthy, fit and strong.
  • Bicycles – A Triathlete will often spend more money on their bike and accessories than they do on vital services!
  • Running Shoes – Every runner/triathlete recognizes the importance of a good pair of shoes and once they connect and have success with your brand, they become die-hard, loyal customers and brand ambassadors by default.
  • Active Gear & Clothing – Runners & Triathletes will spend a lot of money on tights, compression socks, waterproof clothing, running vests, water-proof jackets, hats, and gloves that make them more comfortable and able to endure the elements better. They also love shirts with fun, witty captions!
  • Technical Gadgets – Runners & Triathletes are often technological geeks and love GPS systems and downloadable products that allow them to track and analyze their performances
  • Energy Drinks, Bars & Jells – Competitive athletes require healthy, quick energy products and when they find the product that works for them, they rarely waiver and again become brand ambassadors and advocates.
  • Fast, cool cars – Runners & Triathletes have a need for speed and it’s not limited to their bikes. They love cool, fast, sporty vehicles that allow them to get outdoors!
  • Beer & Wine – Yes, serious athletes do enjoy drinking! Isn’t that why they train so hard?!
  • Restaurants – They train hard & eat big to refuel. They are often foodies always looking for the next go-to restaurant.
  • Financial Services – They are an educated, wealthy group and are smart enough to know they need to develop a plan for their financial future

Why Racing Events Inc., is the largest producers of Multi-Sport Events in the Northwest. We can provide you with the opportunity to gain brand recognition and loyalty of thousands of triathletes, runners, cyclists and walkers. We value businesses that provide high-quality products and relevant services which allow our athletes to thrive and to achieve their goals. We look for partnerships with companies which are creative and which help enhance our events and our athletes’ experiences.

We take our partnerships very seriously and recognize that both parties must benefit to assure a win:win arrangement. We offer a diverse range of sponsorship packages tailored to align seamlessly with your company’s marketing goals and provide a dynamic environment for delivering your corporate message and introducing your relevant products or services to this desirable target audience.

  • Title, Presenting, Gold, Silver, Bronze & Copper Penny options – We can tailor a sponsorship package to work with your budget!
  • Vendor Opportunities – Get face to face with our athletes and their family & friends and showcase your products and/or services
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media
    • Recognition in email and direct athlete correspondence
    • Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media platforms
    • Logo on event promotional fliers and posters
    • Logo on event products – ie t-shirts, goody bags, water bottles
    • Coupon/Promotional material in goody bags or online virtual goody bags
    • Company banners posted at events
    • Sponsor recognition during race announcements

For information on vendor opportunities at specific events and sponsorship opportunities for Why Racing Events Inc. please contact us at sponsorships@whyracingevents.com or complete the information below.

We’re always happy to discuss the possibilities of creating a win/win partnership with you!

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Volunteers

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 complete the info below or email volunteer@whyracingevents.com

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, 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! :-)

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Results & Photos

THE GIRLFRIENDS AND PINK BRIGADE HAVE RAISED NEARLY $350,000 OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS!

 
 
 
 

Hey Girlfriends,

It is Canadian Thanksgiving today and since I no longer live in Canada, I'm missing out on turkey and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie!! L But if I can't indulge in all the traditional dishes, what could possibly be the next best thing?! Being surrounded by a couple thousand of the most amazing Girlfriends and men in our community. On this important holiday, I am reminded and overwhelmed with how fortunate and very thankful I am for all of you, our Pink Brigade Guys, the amazing volunteers, awesome sponsors and vendors and all the community support for our 9th Annual Girlfriends. Looking around many times yesterday, I was in awe of all the greatness that was present. People reaching for their best, people helping and caring, people challenging their limits, cheering each other on, inspiring and spreading love and positive energy. We NEED more of this type of spirit! Thank you all for being part of our event, inspiring so many and uniting on this incredibly important mission! And I can’t forget to mention how thankful I was for the incredible weather once again – especially after heavy rain was predicted earlier in the week!

We’ve been receiving all kinds of wonderful and kind emails and Facebook posts from many of you letting me know how much fun you had yesterday. Thank you so much. I can’t tell you happy it makes us to know that you had a wonderful experience. And thanks for posting all your great photos and tagging us on Facebook. It’s so fun to relive the experience. If you are not a Facebook friend, you can like us on the following page to see photos, get daily inspirational posts and updates on upcoming fun events. And please continue to post photos – they are awesome! https://www.facebook.com/WhyRacingEvents

My Event Highlights:

  • The best part of the Girlfriends Run for the Cure is the spirit of the event. There are always so many gals cheering each other on! It is just so special! Congratulations to each and every single one of you. You are all my very special girlfriends and I feel very connected to each of you – even if we don’t actually know each other. Whenever I see one of you out in the community running or walking in one of our shirts, I feel a very special bond. Women supporting women all on the same mission to find a cure for Cancer! What incredible power! You all are walking billboards and a testimony to a healthy and fit lifestyle. Thanks for being an inspiration to all those around you!
  • My first cry of the morning - having Joleen and the other Cancer Survivors come up to the stage and remind us why we do this.1 and 6.55 miles is challenging but it’s nothing compared to cancer so it’s so special to honor these women and their strength and courage. I always get emotional thinking about what these women had and are having to go through to conquer Cancer and continue to live beautiful and healthy lives. The Ribbons of Hope that we ran by through Fort Vancouver was a beautiful way to honor all of these women in our lives!
  • Pre-run dance party and warm-up! I love dancing with you all before we start our race! What a great way to get the energy going! And how about our National Anthem with Ione Janik – so special!
  • Vancouver Fireman at the finish line handing you your finisher’s necklace – I hope you wear your necklace proudly!
  • The massage! A huge thank you to all of the massage therapists and chiropractors that helped ease some of our muscle pain and also thank you to Vancouver Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to use their location for our pampering station!
  • What about the awesome Beer and wine samples?!
  • How about the chocolate, cupcakes, ice cream, cookies and savory treats! Yummy!!! You earned it!
  • Getting stretched out at our studio….felt so good!
  • Our Pink Brigade Guys who raised so much money – preliminary results are calculating donations close to $25,000 for the Kearney Breast Center and a special thank you to Kick-EEZ who donated $5000 to support this important cause! Huge kudos to Eddie Allen, Robert Boreson, Scott Cambell, Mark Chandaria, Matt Dalimata, Jason Fish, Tito Flores, Michael Goodrich, Robby Halterman, Ron Homer Bradyn Homer, Elie Kassab, Terry Kindschuh, Larry Kingsella, Paul Montague, Henri Moreau, Lucas Nelson, Jeremy Robb, Eric Sawyer Willy Sayers, Steve Strong, Brian Sullivan, Rich Takach, Trevor Thomas, Jim West, Wade Williams, Bob Wright, & Dick Matson! What an incredible group of men and they all looked so hot in pink!
  • The Kids Mini Marathon - Those kids were so cute and worked hard to support Children’s Center!
  • There is absolutely no way we could pull this event together without the support from our fantastic Sponsors, Vendors and Partners! Please thank them for supporting this event and the mission to end breast cancer and to support those fighting hard! Kiewit, Corwin Beverage, Farm to Fit, When the Shoe Fits, Northwest Personal Training, Kick-EEZ, PowerBar, IQ Credit Union, Schwab Cellars, Foley Family Wines and their two wineries, Three Rivers in Walla Walla and the Four Graces from Dundee, SunRise Bagels, Fleet Feet Sports PDX, Clarkes Moving, PowerBar, Deschutes Brewery, Whole Foods, Women's Clinic, Beaches, Main Event, McMenamins, Mt Hood Meadows, Spoiled Spa and Salon, RE/MAX, a Couple of Fruits, Academy Mortgage, Advocare, Ameriprise, Beige Blond, DoTERRA, Golazo, Ice Cream Renaissance, Pink Lemonade Project, Run Pretty Far, Running Princess, Simply Sweets, Spoiled Spa and Salon, State Farm Better State Crew, Sweet Spot Skirts, The Juice Box, Thorlo Socks, Torque, Treat, Whimsy Chocolates, Younique by Deand, Just for the Health of It, The Wellness Center, Bridge Chiropractic, Pro Vitae Studio and the various local chiropractors and massage therapists! It’s because of our sponsors and vendors that we are hoping to beat $400,000 in total donations raised!
  • Volunteers: I totally believe we have the best volunteers ever! There were over 300 volunteers helping out with this event. I can’t name them all but you know how you are and I pray you will be blessed for you generosity and serving attitude. I also want to make special mention to our team at Northwest Personal Training and Why Racing Events who have provided so much energy, organization, time and a positive spirit throughout the entire planning of this event – This is a big job and requires a team that is passionate about helping others!
  • City of Vancouver: I want to thank the City of Vancouver including C-Tran, Special Events Office, the Vancouver Police Department, the Fire Department, Fort Vancouver, Eric Holmes our City Manager and Alishia Topper from our city council, for supporting this wonderful community event. I am so proud of our city and so glad you were all able to experience the heart and soul of our secret little treasure! I bet all you out-of-towners didn’t know how quaint our little city is! You’ll have to come back and visit us! Our goal was to take you through some of the prettiest parts of Vancouver including the Farmer's Market, the waterfront, Fort Vancouver, Pearson Airport and Officer's Row!

 

Results are now posted online. Photos and video footage coming soon. http://www.racecenter.com/results/girlfriends-cure/

Survey: We always want to do better so please provide your feedback so we can make next year, the 10th anniversary, the BEST! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMS953V

FREE Pass: As a participant or volunteer for the Girlfriends Run for a Cure, you receive a 2 week FREE Introductory pass to our studio in downtown Vancouver. So if you’d like to be a part of the same kind of energy every day and take your fitness to a whole new level, just email me at sherri@nwpersonaltraining.com and I’ll make sure you get all taken care of! It’s really amazing to be around other go-getters just like you! We offer really fun classes including Indoor Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Muscle Conditioning, Bootcamps, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Core Conditioning and more.

And last, a very special thank you to Joleen for inspiring me to organize this event and for being the kind of woman – positive, fun, caring, kind, giving, inspirational – that I aspire to be like! And because of events like this and the incredible progress we’ve made with early detection and treatment of Breast Cancer, Joleen continues to workout, run and inspire us everyday! I thank each and every one of you for supporting the 9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure. You all ROCK!

We’ll see you next year for #10 but hopefully sooner! With love and appreciation,

Sherri McMillan

Owner, Why Racing Events & Northwest Personal Training

Ps. We brought all the leftover food to Open House Ministries last night so you helped in more ways than you know!  

Pps. We’ve already scheduled Girlfriends for next year so mark the date now, October 16th, 2016 for our 10th Anniversary. We are going to start brainstorming right away to make is super special for all of you. Registration will open on November 1st with the best rates for the year.

Pps. I’m guessing there are a number of you who are a little stiff today so I wanted to let you know we have a FREE workshop coming up that you might enjoy! You will learn how to use Foam rollers and Lacrosse balls, used commonly amongst athletes, physical therapists and personal trainers, to inhibit overactive muscles, to release fascia and to promote blood flow that will keep muscle tissues healthy. Here’s the details.

http://nwpersonaltraining.com/event/knowledge-action-results-workshops/



  • Date: 10/11/2015

  • Time: 9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.

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