Event Details - Why Racing Events

Summer Solstice - Urban Obstacle Race

Event Details 06/20/2015 5:00pm Start - Be sure to arrive at the start 30-60 minutes earlier to ensure you are ready to go and can help judge the costume contest.

About The Race

Check out how much fun we have at the Summer Solstice Urban Obstacle Race!

Celebrate the start of summer, get a great workout & drink some beer while helping out the local Food Bank!

This fun evening Urban Obstacle Race coupled with the arrival of summer, Costume Contest, Summer Brewfest, Vancouver USA Marathon weekend and post-event festivities will create a wonderful community celebration while helping out the Clark County Food Bank.

You can do this event solo although it will be A LOT MORE FUN to do it with at least one buddy. Teams can be maximum of 4 adults. If you have more that 4 adults that you want on your team, you can still all do the event together, just split yourselves up into multiple teams.

Each person/team will get an envelope with a clue that will send you to one of 15 stations located throughout downtown and uptown Vancouver.

Once you arrive, you will be required to complete a challenge (physical or mental)

Once you complete the challenge at each station, you will get the next clue to direct you towards next station and a raffle ticket to be used for door prizes at end of night.

Multiple kids can join a team, they just need to be able to complete 3-6 miles of running/walking and various physical challenges.

Note: It is not required to complete all 15 stations. If you are mentally or physically tired, you can return to the start/finish area early and enjoy the festivities. Just know, you won’t get as many raffle tickets and experience all the stations.

You must get to each location by foot. You can use internet, Google, 411 and/or ask for verbal help if needed. If you are lost, you can go back to previous station to get a “One Time Free Pass” to help direct you to next location.

All stations will close at 7:00pm so you have 2 hours to hit all stations. Door prizes will be drawn at 7:30pm and all raffle tickets must be submitted by then to be eligible for prizes.

Note: Everyone will finish at Ester Short Park!

NEEDS: You will need a pen/pencil, a Smart phone so you can look things up and take photos, and $5 total per team just in case.



5:00pm Start - Be sure to arrive at the start 30-60 minutes earlier to ensure you are ready to go and can help judge the costume contest.


Starting location: Northwest Personal Training
1011 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98660

Finishing Location: Ester Short Park in downtown Vancouver at the Energy Events Summer Brewfest

Map & Directions

From I5 going South: Take I-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. Parking is free on the weekends.

From Portland – I-5 going North: Take I-5 to City Center/6th Street Exit #1B. Stay straight off the ramp which turns into "C" St. Turn left on Evergreen and go one block. Park wherever you can. Parking is free on weekends.

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Pre-race Costume Contest Begins at 4:30pm
Solo Costume - Adult and Kids Division
Partner/Team Costume

Post-race Festivities starting at 7pm at Ester Short Park & Energy Events Summer Brewfest Festival - part of the Vancouver USA Marathon Weekend Festivities.

*Door prize Ceremony - 7:30pm

Awards & Celebrations

Since this event isn't a typical 'race', you're a winner just for showing up to support this great community event and this important cause - The Clark County Food Bank.

We will acknowledge those who complete the stations most quickly, plus the more stations and challenges you complete, the more raffle tickets you receive and the greater the chance for great door prizes.


The Clark County Food Bank

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


* Pen/pencil
* A Smart phone so you can look things up and take photos
* $5 total per team
* Costume
* And the obvious - your running shoes, your running gear depending on weather...

Also remember to bring a change of clothes for after the event so you can enjoy the post-race festivities.

You may be more comfortable too with a warm blanket and/or chair so you can totally relax and enjoy the band after the event.

Feel free to park closer to Ester Short Park so once the event is over you are closer to your car. But keep in mind, Ester Short Park is only a short 5 minute walk to Northwest Personal Training and you're fit enough to walk back if needed.

Also bring some cash. We will be providing fruit, bagels and energy bars for FREE but if you want something more substantial, vendors will be onsite providing other food options.

Special Instructions

We can only accommodate 500 people so be sure to register early.

Volunteers Needed - This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit someone to help out that would be extremely helpful.

Have them email the following to kristin@nwpersonaltraining.com if they can help out:

Cell Phone Number:
Email Address:
T-shirt Size:
Any specific time constraints they have:

Course Details

We can't tell you the details because that will ruin the surprise and give you an unfair advantage! :) Just plan on having to walk or run about 3-6 miles depending on how smart you are :) and participating in a variety of mental and physical challenges throughout downtown and uptown Vancouver. It's also a great opportunity to get to see parts of downtown that you never knew about!

Note: You can cut the event shorter if needed.

Cost, Registration & Packet Pickup


$40 before May 21st
$45 between May 21st - June 19th
$50 on June 20th

Kids 16 & under - $20

Cost Includes

* Cool Technical Race Shirt
* Bag of goodies
* Post-event Festivities
* Door prizes
* Entry into the Summer Brewfest plus Beer Mug & 4 tokens (1 beer or 4 tastes) for those 21 years and older
* Helping out the Clark County Food Bank - Priceless!

Notice: There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant on the waiting list. 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, 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. Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award.

Registration Details

Register Now

Call 360.574.7292 for more information

Packet Pickup Details

Goody bags, Tshirts & Bib Numbers can be picked up at Northwest Personal Training at 1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660 360.574.7292 at the following times:

Saturday June 20th from 8:00am-4:30pm

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Our Partners


Powerbar Logo

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 2015 Logo

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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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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Results & Photos

2014 Summer Solstice Video

Summer Solstice was such a blast! I’m loving looking at the photos and all of your smiles! The most hilarious photos are the Tricycle relay, Couch Lift and 100 year old Egg Eating challenge! I hope you’re not too stiff today! I love knowing that we got our community active, helped out the Clark County Food Bank and actually had a ton of fun! A perfect combination! If you haven’t liked our page on Facebook, please do so at https://www.facebook.com/nwpersonaltraining and post your photos so we can all enjoy. And tell your friends how much fun you had so they come and participate next year! We also post upcoming events, fitness and nutrition tips and motivational encouragements on our Facebook page to help keep you on track with your health and fitness goals so be sure to join our little community. This was our first year for this format and I think it was a big hit. But we’ve got to work through some of the logistics and make it even better next year. So after reading this, please scroll down to the bottom and complete our Survey to tell us your thoughts and insights on what we can do better! Here are some of my other highlights from the event: • The Hit Machine band rocked the house! They are my favorite local band! We will definitely have them back again! • The Costume Contest was a lot of fun. I think it’s hilarious to see the looks on people’s faces as a man in a dress, a group of Super Heroes, Despicable Me and Waldo are running through the streets of Vancouver! Let’s make this even bigger next year so start planning your themed costumes now! • The fact that my kids actually really enjoyed this event! I love hosting events that the whole family can be a part of! • The finishers’ shirts looked great on you all – very patriotic. Wear them proudly on July 4th! • The fact that we over-delivered! We promised you 3-6 miles and the fact that we gave some of you 8+ miles, well, we hate to brag but that’s like giving you 100% more than you paid for and not charging you extra! ;) • Recyclable water bottle at the finish line – better for the environment and each time you drink from it, you can remember your awesome accomplishment! • Farrar’s Bistro and Ghost Runners Brewery Food and Beer tent was a big hit! There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together without the support from our Sponsors. A huge thank you to Fred Meyer, PowerBar, Corwin Beverage Co, Clark County Sheriff Reserve Unit, SunRise Bagels, Northwest Personal Training, Clarkes Moving, Farrar’s Bistro, Stein Beverage, Ghost Runners, Brewery, Fit Right, Main Event Sports Grill, Divine Consign, Bad Monkey Bikes, Boards & Skate, The Source Climbing Center, When the Shoe Fits, & Beaches – and the best way to thank these companies is to do business with them and to let them know you’re doing business with them because you appreciate the support they have given to the Clark County Food Bank and the Summer Solstice Amazing Scavenger Race. I’d also like to give a big thank you to our team at Northwest Personal Training for working so hard as a team to pull this event off! I feel so honored to work with a team of trainers, customer service reps, interns and clients that are so passionate about helping others and giving back to our community. You all rock!!! And last, a huge thank you to the City of Vancouver including the Mayor, the Vancouver Police Department, the Clark County Sheriff Reserve Program, the Vancouver Fire Department and so many others….I’m sure I’ve forgotten somebody. And if I have, my wish is that all of the volunteers/sponsors and supporters will be blessed for your kindness and generosity. • The best volunteers in the world – One of the hardest parts of putting on an event is finding volunteers who are willing to give of their time and energy. 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. Last, I want to thank all of you for participating – it’s people like you who make a huge difference in our world! We all give a little and it adds up to a lot! With love and appreciation, Sherri McMillan Owner – Northwest Personal Training Ps. Are you ready for your next challenge. Sign up today for our Girlfriends & Dudes Triathlon and Duathlon (Bike/Run) on July 21st It’s a short distance tri with a ½ mile swim downstream (so you can float to the finish if you like!), a 12.5 mile bike and a 3 mile run/walk or a 2 mile Run/12.5 mile Bike/3 mile Run. If you’re not up to the full challenge, recruit a few friends and do the relay division and just do the Duathlon (Bike/Run only) division. And get your kids involved in the kids tri – total fun for the whole family! http://www.nwpersonaltraining.com/subs/events/event_details.php?event_id=249 Pps. Please complete our Survey on the event so we know what you liked, what you didn’t and what we can do better next year! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZXK6V3N

  • Date: 06/20/2015

  • Time: 5:00pm Start - Be sure to arrive at the start 30-60 minutes earlier to ensure you are ready to go and can help judge the costume contest.

  • Starting location: Northwest Personal Training
    1011 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98660

    Finishing Location: Ester Short Park in downtown Vancouver at the Energy Events Summer Brewfest

    Map & Directions: View Map