Event Details - Why Racing Events

APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K


Event Details 09/14/2019 - 09/15/2019 Check schedule for various event start times


About The Race

You're going to love running through Historical Vancouver USA

Run through History at the APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K

Join us for the 2nd Annual APPLETREE Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K. This "Run Through History" will take you on a flat, fast and scenic course through Fort Vancouver, Officer's Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. There's so much to see that the miles will fly by!

This event will quickly be regarded as one of the prettiest and most unique courses in the Northwest and perhaps the USA! When do you get to experience a history lesson during your race?!

The quaint community of Vancouver WA will welcome you and your family with open arms and provide you with a racing experience that you just can't get anywhere else. The volunteer support is off the charts and the energy along the course will make it an enjoyable experience that you will want to return to year after year.

The Marathon will be a 2-Loop, spectator-friendly, flat & fast Boston Qualifying course highlighting the beauty of this community and offer an exciting racing experience with energetic water stations EVERY mile and plenty of entertainment to keep you engaged. The Half Marathon will offer the same experience with the joy of knowing you get to start the party a little earlier than your Marathon counterparts!

The Sunset 5K will offer a shorter distance for our friends, family, and others in the community who would like the opportunity to enjoy the racing experience. It will also allow for a Pre-race shake-down for our Marathon and Half Marathon athletes and the opportunity for them to earn the coveted BEAST medal for an athlete who races both Saturday and Sunday.

Since Vancouver WA is right across the river from Portland OR, you are within a 20-minute drive to the PDX International Airport and minutes away from the big city.

WHY APPLETREE? Vancouver WA is known for its history including the Old Apple Tree Park, home of the Oldest Apple Tree in the Northwest and maybe even the entire Pacific West Coast. The APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K will celebrate all this history, capture the beauty of the Northwest and create a theme of all things 'APPLE'.

Click here to learn more about the Old Apple Tree.

Schedule of Events: We have a lot of fun activities planned for you over race weekend including a Bike Tour of the Marathon/Half course, a Historical Walking tour, Fitness Expo and more. The general schedule is as follows and click the link below for a more detailed schedule of race weekend activities.

Saturday, September 14th

  • 6:00pm - 5K Sunset Run

Sunday, September 15th

  • 7:00am - Marathon start
  • 8:00am - Half Marathon start

View the detailed Schedule of Race Weekend activities here.

Event Highlights & Post-Event Festivities:

  • Boston Qualifying Marathon Course
  • Extremely Scenic courses highlighting the history of the community, the Columbia River and views of majestic Mt. Hood
  • A "Run through History"
  • Flat & Fast Courses - A great opportunity for a PR and to qualify for the Boston Marathon
  • One Loop for the Half Marathon / 2 Loops for the Marathon
  • Spectator-Friendly
  • 5K Sunset Run
  • BEAST Medal for those who race Saturday & Sunday
  • Post Event Meal & Party
  • All things APPLE - Apple Pie, Apple Cider, Apple Bling...Apple, Apple, Apple!
  • FREE Beer courtesy of Deschutes Brewery
  • NO long, boring section through the Industrial region
  • No Train Track delays!
  • The APPLETREE MARATHON will either be your last opportunity in the USA to qualify for BOSTON 2020 or your first opportunity to qualify for BOSTON 2021
  • Incredible race support with water stations and entertainment EVERY mile
  • Technical Runner's t-shirt
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Chip Timing
  • Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
  • Plus - Remember that "An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away!"
Note: APPLETREE will be capped at 3000 athletes so register early so you don't miss out!

Check out the 2018 APPLETREE Photo Album Highlights


Read all the press APPLETREE received after it's inaugural year!

PEACEHEALTH SW MEDICAL CENTER SIGNS ON AS EXCLUSIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS PARTNER FOR THE APPLETREE MARATHON

See what Running USA had to say about AppleTree

See what Endurance Sportswire had to say about AppleTree

Touring through the Historical Landmarks:
We encourage you to spend a few extra days in Vancouver and enjoy everything our community has to offer. If you would like to tour the area and take in all the history at a more leisurely pace, there are plenty of opportunities for Walking and Cycling Tours and even Segway Tours if you want to save your legs for race day.

Click here for options to explore the History of Vancouver in a Fun Way!

Here's some Historical Information about the area for all you History Buffs.


PHOTO CREDITS: VISIT VANCOUVER USA



Date

09/14/2019 - 09/15/2019

Check schedule for various event start times


Location

The Start/Finish line will be on Officers Row in front of the Historical Grant House with post-race festivities within and around Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

1101 Officers Row
Vancouver, WA 98661

PARKING: We have arranged for athletes and spectators to park at Hudson's Bay High-school and Clark College Red Lots #1 and #2. You can also park in Downtown Vancouver on the streets for free on weekends. Any of the options offered in Pre-race instructions will give you a short walk to the Start/Finish line on race day - consider it your warmup. Best and closest options are Hudson's Bay High-school and Downtown. Just remember to park North of Officer's Row to minimize delays.

Check out this article below listing the 20 coolest things about Vancouver. During our APPLETREE Marathon, Half & 5K, you’ll be passing by or very close to most of the areas on this list! Our course is truly a ‘Run though History’ and you’ll enjoy so much beauty!

Check out the article '20 Reasons to LOVE Vancouver"


Map & Directions

View Map


Awards & Celebrations

Course Records:

5K: 

2018 - Dave Caldwell - 18:20
2018 - Madison Wick - 20:24

Half Marathon: 

2018 - David Hopper - 1:24:23
2018 - Erin Skourtes - 1:29:31

Marathon: 

2018 - Alex Baciu - 2:55:51
2018 - Ashley Althaus - 3:12:08

Every runner/walker is a winner in our eyes! But to reward those speedsters, here’s what we’ve come up with:

• Awards for the Top 3 Overall Male & Female and Master Champions for all distances

• Top 3 Age Group Winners in the following categories and for the Marathon Relay Divisions (Male, Female & Co-Ed)

9 and under, 10-14, 15-19yrs, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70-74yrs, 75-79yrs, 80+

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

Award Criteria:

  • If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards. You must choose one or the other.


Beneficiary

Giving Back Feels so Good!

The main beneficiary of the APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is the Police Activities League. The Police Activities League is a non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement agencies to promote positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth in the community through educational programs and recreational opportunities. PAL believes that it can help reduce the juvenile crime rates by empowering our youth to make responsible life choices. PAL offers many at-risk children with year-round programs and special events that foster teamwork, enforce citizenship, and provide the opportunities to work with law enforcement officers and caring adult mentors.



In addition, the APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is partnering with The Historic Trust to highlight the hiistory of our beautiful community of Vancouver WA.

Last, the APPLETREE is proud to support local school clubs/sports programs and other non-profit organizations through this event and all the races and fundraisers on the Why Racing Events calendar each year. Some of the programs that benefit rely solely on the donations made via these events.

Contributions over the years from these NW races and fundraisers have exceeded $3 million dollars. We are very thankful to the athletes, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers who contribute to the success of our events, allowing us to offer this support!


What to Bring

Bring the obvious - running/walking shoes & gear, your bib number, 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, inner thighs, feet). Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket which also includes your disposeable chip timing piece. Watch for the cameras en route and give us a big cheesy smile! Photos are FREE so give us your best post and make this race photo your profile shot!

Remember to bring a warm, clean change of clothing 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, fun signs 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 for you at the finish line.


Special Instructions

We wanted to let you know about the opportunity to enjoy a special dinner at the Historical Grant House built in 1849 on Saturday night after your Sunset 5K or for a carbo-load prior to your Sunday race.

The theme of the APPLETREE MARATHON, HALF & SUNSET 5K is a "Run through History" so how cool to enjoy dinner at this historical landmark! You can purchase this optional meal for yourself and/or friends and family and enjoy a special dinner at the Grant House.

Here's the Saturday September 14th evening Carbo-load dinner menu – Can be purchased by all APPLETREE Marathon/Half Marathon athletes and spectators:

Marathoners/Half Marathoners - Once you cross the finish line on Sunday, you're going to be treated to a great post-race meal courtesy of the Eatery at the Grant House. But what are your friends and family going to do? We don't want them to just sit there and watch you eat so we've arranged for the Grant House to provide an option for spectators to enjoy the post-race experience and meal with you. You don’t have to purchase this meal ticket for yourself – this is included in your registration fee. 

Here’s the Sunday September 15th Post-race menu- This Sunday meal ticket is for friends and family only:

The cost is $10 Pre-sale or $12 at the door.

Please purchase tickets in advance here for any APPLETREE Marathon/Half Marathon athlete and friends/family for the optional Saturday night Carbo-load special dinner:

Please purchase tickets in advance for spectators only for the Sunday Marathon/Half post-race meal:


Kid's Events

Most kids will enjoy the Sunset 5K run/walk and Kids 17 and under race for FREE!


FAQ's

Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet? Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete? All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled "Registration & Packet Pickup". If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com

Are headsets, earbuds or any type of personal music device allowed in this race? We prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running.  To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.
•    If you chose to use a personal music device, we ask that you always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud should be used at any time.  
•    We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard. 

Will you offer a Bag Check: Yes! If you would like to leave items at the start/finish area, we will provide a 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 Packet Pick up tent 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.

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.

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

  • We've ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish!

How many porta-potties will be on the Course? We will provide a porta potty opportunity at each water station.

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

  • Fort Vancouver Area - at the Start/Finish area
  • Officer's Row - at the Start/Finish area
  • Beaches - Marathon/Half Marathon
  • Marine Park - Marathon/Half Marathon
  • Wintler Park - Marathon/Half Marathon
  • Warehouse 23 - Marathon/Half Marathon

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! 

Are Dogs allowed on course? Unfortunately due to insurance requirements, only Service Dogs are allowed on course and must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started.

Are strollers allowed on course? Yes, but due to insurance requirements, strollers must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started. With that said, a Half and Full Marathon for the kiddos might be a little much especially if the weather is poor. Unless you don’t mind hearing “Mom/Dad, How much longer?” for many hours. Plus it might be a little dangerous for your fellow walkers and runners to try to maneuver around you because some of the areas overlap and the intersections can be a little tight! But if you want to run with a stroller, you can do the 5K course but just start at the very end to help make sure you don’t run into anyone. Your time won’t start until you pass over the timing mat so it won’t affect your race time too much.


Travel & Accommodations

There is so much to do in our beautiful city of Vancouver WA. Make it a full weekend and enjoy so much of what our city and the surrounding area has to offer.

View the following video for a glimpse of all there is to do in Vancouver WA. Plus Portland OR is literally right across the river so come for the weekend or stay a week or more and soak it all in!



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.

Comfort Inn & Suites DT 
Rate$92.00 /2 Double Beds - $107.00 /2 Queen Beds
Hotel Release DateFriday, August 31, 2018
Booking CodeApple Tree Marathon
Booking Informaion (360) 696- 0411  OR https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/OF77E7
Address401 E 13th St, Vancouver WA 98660 Only 0.7 Miles from the Start/Finish Line.


DoubleTree
Rate$129.00
Hotel Release DateWednesday, August 15, 2018
Booking Linkhttps://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/dt/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=VANVWDT&spec_plan=CDTATM&arrival=20180914&departure=20180917&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
Booking Informaion Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.
Address12712 SE 2nd Circle Vancouver, WA 98684 Only 6.1 Miles from the Start/Finish Line.


Heathman Lodge
Rate$145.00
Hotel Release DateFriday, August 24, 2018
Booking linkhttps://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=39403&GROUP=1809APPLET
Booking Informaion 1-888-475-3100  -Reference Columbia River & Girlfriends Triathlon
Address 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA. 98662 Only 5.2 Miles from the Start/Finish Line.


Homewood Suites
Rate10% off going rate
Hotel Release Date1-Aug-18
Booking CodeApple Tree Marathon
Booking Informaion https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hw/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=VANWAHW&spec_plan=CHWATM&arrival=20180915&departure=20180917&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
Address701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd, Vancouver WA, 98661 Only 1.9 Miles from the Start/Finish Line. 


Restaurants

The Eatery at the Grant House is our partner for the APPLETREE Marathon and will be providing post-race meals for all athletes. They are perfect partners for our ‘Run through History’ theme. The building was built in 1848 and is still operational as one of Vancouver’s favorite places to eat while taking in the beauty and history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The Eatery at the Grant House is known for their Farm to Table approach and are proud to offer this same level of excellence for our APPLETREE athletes.

On Sunday for the Marathoners and Half Marathoners their menu will be:

You will be able to eat on the historical grounds with your friends and family with live music playing in the background.

On Saturday night after the 5K they are going to host an optional pasta feed and party with a lively band! It’s going to be such a blast! When things come together like this, you know it was meant to be!


For you history buffs, here's a little bit of background about the historical Eatery at the Grant House.



Course Details

We believe this is one of the prettiest courses in the Northwest! We've designed the Marathon & Half Marathon course 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, Army Barracks, Pearson Airport, the Columbian Riverfront, Marine Park, Wintler Park and of course, the Oldest Apple Tree in the Northwest. The course is mostly flat with a couple short hills.

Check out some of the course highlights:







Off-Road Trail Running: There is a 1/4 mile section on the course for the 5K, Half and Marathon distances that will take you on a gravel and then grassy path with uneven terrain. Be careful and enjoy the softer impact as you run on the backside of Historical Fort Vancouver.

Click here to view the Online Map for the APPLETREE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON COURSE



Click here to view the Online Map for the APPLETREE Sunset 5K



USATF Boston Qualifying Course Certificates:

Certificate #WA18001LB for the APPLETREE Marathon
Certificate #WA18002LB for the APPLETREE Half Marathon

Official IAAF Certifcate of Measurement - Half Marathon

Official IAAF Certificate of Measurement - Marathon

Why does my GPS not match the Official Course Measurements?


Cost, Registration & Packet Pickup


Cost

To register for multiple WHY Racing Events and save $$ please email registration@whyracingevents.com.  Please note, if registering for MULTISPORT (Triathlon, Duathlon or Aquabike) events a USAT membership is REQUIRED if you have any questions or concerns please contact registration@whyracingevents.com

APPLETREE
MARATHON

 

By Dec 31

Jan 1 – July 31

Aug 1-      Sept 12

PPU/DOR

 

5K

ADULTS

$40

$45

$50

$55

Kids 17 & under

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

HALF MARATHON

-

$70

$80

$85

$95

MARATHON

-

$100

$110

$120

$130


  • Adults = 18+ years; Kids = 17 years and younger
NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL RACE OPTION:
Even if you can't join us ON race day, you can still be part of the fun! Your race fee includes: Finishers T-shirt, Personalized Bib (if ordered by the deadline) and Finishers Medal, we will ship you all your goodies the Wednesday after the event date. By participating virtually 50% OF YOUR RACE ENTRY GOES TO OUR BENEFICIARY!  We encourage you to post photos of you completing your distance along with your time and city on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WhyRacingEvents/! Happy racing! 


Cost Includes

Cost Includes: A great price for a fun event, runner's shirt, cool medal, CHIP Timing, music, food, beer & so much more!

• Technical runner's t-shirt
• Finisher's medal
• Post-event meal & FREE Beer courtesy of Deschutes Brewery
• Post-event festivities & expo
• Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
• Giving back to the Community - Priceless!

Shirts guaranteed only to those participants that have registered a month before race day. Quantities/sizes limited for those registering after that date.  There will be no post-race shirt orders.


Registration Details

It's time to make the commitment and put purpose to your training! Registration is available through a secure online registration platform generally until 2 days prior to packet pickup. If you have any registration questions or have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at registration@whyracingevents.com so we can help you and to confirm your registration asap!

Registration FAQs

Can I register on Race Day?  Yes, but if you can, please register ahead of time. It gets so busy on race day and we want to focus all of our energy on taking care of all of our athletes  But again, if you come down and you really want to race and weren’t able to pre-register for whatever reason, we will take care of you. Ideally, 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!

Can someone else pick up my racing packet? Yes, however, you must complete an authorization form to allow them to pick up your packet and send them with a copy of your ID. This form will confirm that you will be the individual participating in the event and that you agree to not allow anyone else to race on your behalf.

Can I get a refund? There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do understand that things come up that are beyond your control. As a customer service initiative, we do offer the ability to transfer your registration to next year's event, another upcoming Why Racing Event that year or to transfer your registration to another participant. Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their emergency contact info and to assure the credibility of results. If you don’t let us know, it messes up everyones' results because they may be in a different age group or division! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy and you may be fined.

DEFER OR TRANSFER policy: If you are unable to race due to medical reasons or a simple change of schedule, athletes may defer their general race entry slot to the same race the following year, transfer to another Why Racing Event that year or transfer their entry to another athlete. Deferrals or transfers do not carry over beyond one year. Note: This deferral or transfer only covers the race entry fee. USAT one day passes, processing fees and online registration fees will not be included in your credit. In order to defer or transfer your registration you will need to e-mail us at registration@whyracingevents.com with your Full Name, Race Venue, Race Distance and desired changes.

  • You can defer or transfer your entry outside of 61 days from the event for no fee.
  • You can defer or transfer your entry between 60 and 30 days of the event for a $10 fee (running only event) or $25 fee (multi-sport event).
  • You can defer or transfer your entry within 29 days or less of the event for a $25 fee (running only event) or $50 fee (multi-sport event).
  • Athletes wishing to defer or transfer to another race or participant, will be provided with a unique entry code and must re-register for the event. Athletes are not guaranteed registration if the race sells out before they attempt to enter.
  • There is only one transfer or defer allowed per original registration.
  • If transferring from a race with a higher entry fee to race with a lower entry fee, the athlete will receive no refund of the difference in the fees.
  • If transferring from a race with a lower entry fee to race with a higher entry fee, the athlete will be required to pay the difference of these two race fees.
  • Athletes who are not annual USAT members will be required to purchase a USAT single day membership for the event that they transfer into. USAT rules do not allow single day memberships to be transferred between events.

INTRA-EVENT TRANSFER POLICY: If you wish to transfer your own entry within an event to another distance, you will need to e-mail registration@whyracingevents.com

  • You can change your distance within an event outside of 61 days from the event for no fee.
  • You can change your distance within an event between 60 days or less of the event for a $10 fee.

SPECIAL NOTE: Do you know why you should never transfer a race bib to a friend or family member without letting the Race Director know? First, if anything happens, we would be contacting YOUR Emergency Contact and reviewing YOUR Special Medical Needs and not theirs. That's a major safety concern. Secondly, let's say 60 year Sally gives her 20 year old son Biff her race bib because she's not able to race. Seems harmless right?! Not so much. When Biff clocks a 5 minute mile using his Mom's bib it looks like Sally rocked it at 60 years old and knocks Bertha, 62 year old Grandma, out of her legitimate first place age group finish. That's not fair to Bertha who worked so hard to win her age group. Now Bertha is wondering who the heck Sally is not understanding that it was actually Biff who beat her! Ok, so the message is don't be BIFF! This goes on all the time and the only way to correct it is for all of you to understand the importance and police it. If you know someone is giving away their bib, be sure to remind them to let the Race Director know! Often the athlete doesn't fully understand how much this can impact safety and negatively affect everyone's results and just needs to be educated in a friendly manner. Thanks all!

Register Now

Call 360.574.7292 for more information


Packet Pickup Details

Registration and package pick up location changes so pay attention to times and days listed below. If you are unable to pick up at any of the times listed below, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com to make other arrangements.

FRIDAY, September 13th 10 AM - 7 PM Foot Traffic VANCOUVER
Foot Traffic 305 SE Chkalov Dr, Vancouver, WA 98683, USA

SATURDAY, September 14th 9 AM - 1 PM Pearson Air Museum
Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St, Vancouver, WA 98661

SATURDAY, September 14th 3 PM - 6 PM Event Start
1101 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661


Training & Preparation

JOIN Foot Traffic for one of their many training programs to get ready to race!

Check out their Foot Traffic University here or their all Women's Academy here. Training is always better with friends!

Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit - an important part of getting to the finish line!

Step #2. It's time to train!  Yes, we want you to get to the finish line feeling strong, healthy, reaching for your best, and injury free!

One way to help your training is to join a local running club, clinic or training studio. Here is a list of resources to assist you with your training and preparation:

Local Running Clubs:

Local Personal Training & Coaches

General Running Program Design: If you are going to attempt this on your own or would like a better understanding of proper training protocol, here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program.

  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 detail 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 a runner 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 to it.  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.
    • 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: At about 1-2 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. This is more important for the longer distances.

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 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. Some runners/walkers like to have a little bit of sugar for a longer race- 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 with electrolytes - into your system right away. Definitely consume some of the fruit and energy bars that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. 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!


Sponsors & Exhibitors




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, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!

In addition, our events offer a terrific fundraising opportunity for a club/organization (non-profit) and a fun, inspiring way to encourage and support the athletes that participate in these events. Under our fundraising program, $20-$25 will be donated to the non-profit organization for each volunteer 4-6+hour shift depending on our needs. All the volunteers will also get a snack, gift, goody bag and be able to enjoy the post-race festivities.

This event will require a few hundred volunteers for tasks such as water stations, course marshals, food prep, finish line, set up and clean up.

If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please sign up immediately at this VOLUNTEER SIGNUP LINK.


Volunteer assignments and fundraising capacity is first come, first serve. Please email volunteer@whyracingevents.com if you have any questions or complete the info below and we will get back to you soon.

Remember, there's no way we could host this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event to assure the safety of our athletes and make the event more enjoyable. So be extra-nice to 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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Products

Stay tuned for 2019 SWAG...

One weekend of racing, 3 different medals you can take home!

Online pre-event Merchandise sales are now closed but items will be available at Packet Pickup first come, first serve.   

Check out these awesome past Event Shirts:



Check out our 2018 5K Medal:






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Results & Photos

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  • Date: 09/14/2019 - 09/15/2019

  • Time: Check schedule for various event start times

  • The Start/Finish line will be on Officers Row in front of the Historical Grant House with post-race festivities within and around Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

    1101 Officers Row
    Vancouver, WA 98661

    PARKING: We have arranged for athletes and spectators to park at Hudson's Bay High-school and Clark College Red Lots #1 and #2. You can also park in Downtown Vancouver on the streets for free on weekends. Any of the options offered in Pre-race instructions will give you a short walk to the Start/Finish line on race day - consider it your warmup. Best and closest options are Hudson's Bay High-school and Downtown. Just remember to park North of Officer's Row to minimize delays.

    Check out this article below listing the 20 coolest things about Vancouver. During our APPLETREE Marathon, Half & 5K, you’ll be passing by or very close to most of the areas on this list! Our course is truly a ‘Run though History’ and you’ll enjoy so much beauty!

    Check out the article '20 Reasons to LOVE Vancouver"

    Map & Directions: View Map