Event Details - Why Racing Events

Run to REMEMBER Washington

Event Details 05/28/2016 9:00am sharp for the Memorial Day Mile / 10:00am for the 5k and 10k races

About The Race


Let us honor the brave men and women who have or are currently serving in our Armed Forces and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom. This Memorial Day Mile and 5k/10k running and walking event on Memorial Day weekend will benefit Battle Buddies, an organization that provides Service Dogs for our Veterans.

Have you ever wondered how fast you can run a mile?! Now's your chance to see if you can break the 4 minute mile?  Or maybe you'd be happy with an 8 minute mile pace? Or maybe a 12 minute mile is more your speed! Regardless, the Memorial Day Mile is designed as a flat, fast race to go all out and see what you are made of.  There will be pace waves to assure all runners can run at their maximum speed.

The 5k and 10k races will take place afterwards and many milers may want to sign up for both events!

After your Mile Race or 5k or 10k on the beautiful Washougal trail along the mighty Columbia River, we will enjoy food and drink and share race stories and meet Veterans or those currently serving in the Armed Forces so we can personally thank them for their service.

Bring your kids so they can learn what this holiday is all about!



9:00am sharp for the Memorial Day Mile / 10:00am for the 5k and 10k races


Downtown Washougal, WA - just across the river from Portland Oregon.
2 Pendleton Way, Washougal WA - on the Corner of A street & Pendleton Way in Downtown Washougal.

Check out how beautiful and quaint the city of Washougal is. It's a hidden gem just outside of Portland OR and Vancouver WA. Tourism support generously provided by City of Washougal hotel/motel tax funds.

Awards & Celebrations

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 & Masters Champion for the 5k & 10k. First Place Male/Female Champion for the Memorial Day Mile (Our numbers are too small to offer a complete Award set but we will grow this division in future years!)

• Top 3 Age Group Winners in the following categories

15 and under, 16-19yrs, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70+

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

Note: If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards due to our governing body restrictions. You must choose one or the other.


Battle Buddies

Empowering combat veterans with PTSD to regain their freedom and independence by partnering them with professionally trained and specifically matched service dogs at no charge — Serving our Veterans who served us all.

What to Bring

Bring the obvious - Remember your 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, under the 'girls' aka breast area, inner thighs, feet). Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket which also includes your disposeable chip timing piece. And watch for the cameras en route and give us a big cheesy smile!

Plus remember to bring a warm, clean change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities.

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.

Kid's Events

Most kids will enjoy the Memorial Day Mile or the 3 mile run/walk and we are offering discounted rates for the youngsters.


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, we will!

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 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?

  • There are plenty of bathroom opportunities at the start/finish.

How many porta-potties will be on the Course: Fortunately, there are a few bathroom options along the course.

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

  • At the start/finish line in downtown Washougal
  • Along the Waterfront Trail

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.


Travel & Accommodations

Out of Town Guests: Fly into Portland (PDX) - The event location is about 20 minutes from Airport.

Vesta Properties is our premier lodging partner. Their properties near this venue are:

Homewood Suites- 15 miles from the start/finish
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661
Please use Corporate ID:003081430 if booking online, or mention Why Racing if booking by phone.

Staybridge Suites- 14 miles from the start/finish
11936 NE Glenn Widing Dr.
Portland, OR 97220
Please use Corporate ID: 786822239 if booking online, or mention Why Racing if booking by

Country Inn and Suites- 15 miles from the start/finish
7025 NE Alderwood Rd.
Portland, OR 97218
Please use this link if booking online WRACE, or reference WRACE if booking by phone.

Washougal and SW Washington have so much to offer so come for the entire weekend and make it a fun and memorable RACE-cation! Although a weekend is not nearly enough to see all the beauty in this area, so feel free to extend your stay or be sure to come back for one of our other local races. You can check off one bucket list item each time you visit - there really is that much to see! Go to Visit Washougal for more information and accomodations in Washougal, WA.


Here's a list of some great food options in Washougal. Go to http://visitwashougal.com/ for more options.







Course Details

The out and back Memorial Day Mile, 5k & 10k courses are beautiful, flat and fast along the Washougal Trail with magnificent views of the Columbia River. Note: The path is not paved but rather a flat, smooth dirt/gravel path making it nice and soft on your joints but you may want to avoid a minimalist type of running shoe.

Review 5k Online Map:www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=572099

Review 10k Online Map:http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=572103

Review Memorial Day Mile Online Map:http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1065660612

Cost, Registration & Packet Pickup




By Dec 31

Jan 1 –
Mar 31

April 1 -
May 26


5K or
Memorial Day Mile






16 and under











16 and under





Cost Includes

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

• Technical Runner's t-shirt
• Finisher's Medal
• Post-event food & drink
• Post-event festivities
• Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
• Honoring the Brave - Priceless!

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 or by downloading a printable registration form and sending by mail postmarked at least 10 days prior to race day. 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!


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 this authorization form to allow them to pick up your packet and send them with 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 TRANSER 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.
Can I register by mail? Yes, please complete, print and mail-inthis Printable Registration Form 10 days prior to race day to the following address and make Checks payable to Why Racing Events Inc. Please list the event name you are registering for on the memo line on the check.

Why Racing Events Inc.
1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660

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Call 360.574.7292 for more information

Packet Pickup Details


Thursday, May 26th from 3pm to 7pm at:
Fleet Feet Vancouver
16020 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Ste. 113
Vancouver, WA 98684

Friday, May 27th from 11am to 3pm at:
Fleet Feet PDX
2258 NW Raleigh St.
Portland, OR 97210

Training & Preparation

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:

Running Clubs:

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

Our Partners

Deschutes Brewery is the Official Craft Beer Sponsor at all Why Racing Events. They provide varieties of their adventurous, award-winner lineup of hand-crafted beers for the athletes after the races and generously donate product for prizes. Deschutes Brewery is a strong supporter of various community events so when you're reaching for a beer, enjoy DB to thank them for their support of our sport, our athletes and our community.
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Established in 1996, Vesta Hospitality, LLC is a fully integrated hotel development and hospitality management company based in Vancouver, Washington. Offering a complete range of services, including hotel management, hotel development and purchasing, Vesta Hospitality leverages its team's more than 100 years of combined experience to drive maximum profitability for your investment. Rick, Kari and their team, have a proven record for supporting community events.  When you need a great place to stay, enjoy one of their properties at a discounted rate and support a company that supports our sport, our athletes and our community.
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Central Oregon, home to the cities of Bend, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Prineville, and Madras and the resort community of Sunriver. Start your vacation planning with a place to stay. In Central Oregon you will find some of the finest outdoor adventure with places for paddling, hiking, cycling, golfing and dining al fresco in the summer. In winter, areas of the High Desert turn into a snowy playground with skiing, snowboarding, sledding and ice skating. It doesn't hurt that, whatever the season, we are home to some of the country's top craft breweries, unique boutiques for tax-free shopping, and world-class restaurants to please every lifestyle and budget. #adventurecalls #visitcentraloregon
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AthletesLounge.com is the NW premier online Triathlon website with options for beginners to elite athletes. Look for monthly features and multiple product specials
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For 15 years, Fleet Feet Sports PDX has been a locally owned and operated specialty store dedicated to providing the Portland and Southwest Washington communities with superior products, excellent service, and unique events. Whether you are a runner, a walker, or anyone looking for a lifetime of fitness, then Fleet Feet Sports PDX is your store.
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Franz Bakery is a long-time valued partner of Why Racing Events. Franz Bakery is a fourth generation, family-owned baking company based in Portland, specializing in fresh and delicious bread, buns, bagels, cookies and pastries including healthy, organic, gluten-free options. And being a true NW bakery, their products include only the highest quality ingredients, baked fresh daily!
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There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. KIND® believes you deserve both—they call it their brAND philosophy. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to high standards in the KIND® kitchen. So whether your snacking style is choosy or adventurous (or a little bit of both), here’s something to celebrate: Kind will always be thinking up new ways to delight your taste buds and keep your body happy.
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Alpenrose Dairy is celebrating their 100 year anniversary. They are family owned and operated in Portland and have a long tradition of of providing the very best. All Alpenrose Dairy products are kosher and come farm fresh with no added hormones.
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Suja believes that best-quality, clean juice is a grocery not a luxury. We’re talking cold-pressured, always organic, never (ever) GMO, chemical-free, filler-free, gluten-free, preservative-free, juice without the junk. Because if it’s not all of those things, it’s not worth it. All three lines of Suja juices and smoothies are cold-pressured using High Pressure Processing (HPP) to kill harmful bacteria and preserve maximum nutrition and taste. Get some Suja in you so you can get back to living a long, beautiful life. Check out our three product lines – Classic, Elements & Suja – and drink the love at a store near you.
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KICK-EEZ® is much more than a company to their President, Willard M. Latimer (a World War II Veteran), and his family; it’s a lifestyle! Willard, who is in his 90s, began his hunting career as a young boy learning from his Grandfather, Samuel M. Latimer. He has passed on his love of the sport to all his family; in fact, he is now sharing his love with the third generation of his own family! Since hunting has always been one of the most important things in Willard’s life, the beginning of KICK-EEZ® was a natural phenomenon. Willard was golfing one day in 1985 with some friends at his local golf course in Chehalis, Washington, and a friend pulled a piece of Sorbothane® out of his pocket and asked what he thought it could be used for. Without hesitation, Willard answered, “It sure would make a good gun pad!” KICK-EEZ® was created the very next year!
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Tourism support generously provided by City of Washougal hotel/motel tax funds.
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Welcome to Washougal, incorporated in 1908, it was the site of some of the very earliest American settlers and pioneers in the Washington Territory. Beautifully bordered by the Columbia and Washougal Rivers, the Washougal area is filled with many family friendly parks, hiking trails, businesses and neighborhoods. Approximately 14,500 residents call Washougal home.
 Downtown Washougal’s Reflection Plaza plays host to many community events all year around. Set along Main Street in Washougal, it is close to the Washougal Town Square, Pendleton Woolen Mills Outlet Store and the Two Rivers Heritage Museum.
Thanks to creation of a pedestrian tunnel, visitors can move safely from downtown to the Columbia River for fishing at Steamboat Landing or walks down the levee trail to Capt. William Clark Park. Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge features 1,049 acres of former Columbia River floodplain with more than 200 species of birds having been recorded. The Washougal River provides year-round recreation including kayaking, fishing and swimming.
At Marina Park visitors can stroll the walking paths, picnic on a table or under a tree or on the deck overlooking the busy marina. Boaters of all types moor and launch their watercraft year round to enjoy all the Columbia River has to offer.
Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach has 85 acres of walk paths, picnic tables and covered cooking areas. The park, once known simply as “Cottonwood Beach,” commemorates the historical site where Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery camped for six days along their journey in 1806.
Washougal is fortunate to be a short 20-minute drive from the Portland International Airport (PDX) and sits at the mouth of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
It is easy to see why visitors Keep Discovering Washougal!
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Peter Clarke and his crew at ANC movers are professional, hard-working and reliable. They have been assisting Why Racing events with pick up and drop off of event equipment for 10 years! When you have any moving needs, call ANC movers and be rest-assured your valuable items will be taken care of!
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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.

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This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can help 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 paid 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.

We typically need about 100 volunteers per day for most events with 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 www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F044AADAE2CA2FC1-runtoremember

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.

And 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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Results & Photos

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Thank you so much for supporting the Inaugural Run to Remember. I hope you have all recovered from your race and enjoyed an incredible Memorial Day weekend!

Here’s some of our highlights:

  • Veterans – Having so many veterans and those currently serving at the event made it so special to all of us! They give selflessly to our country so we can all enjoy our wonderful freedoms and it felt so amazing to be able to honor and thank them.
  • Fallen Hero Posters – Having the posters of our local fallen heroes at the event and along the course allowed us all to remember the reason for the holiday and to honor those families whose loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Having the posters along the course definitely helped many of you push through any fatigue you were experiencing while you remembered the struggles of those who are no longer with us. A special thanks to the Community Military Appreciation Community (CMAC) who provided us the posters so we could all be reminded of their sacrifice.
  • 22 Pushup Challenge – It’s a very sad reality that 22 veterans commit suicide every day in our country and that’s 22 too many! So it was an honor to do the 22 day challenge with all of you to bring awareness and to remind people to do whatever we can to support, appreciate and love our veterans for all they have done for us. The campaign asks that we all do 22 pushups per day for 22 days and post our efforts on social media to bring awareness and ultimately reduce this sobering fact. Whether you continue with the challenge or not, let’s all remember to honor and show respect to any veteran we meet so they feel appreciated, valued and loved.
  • NW Battle Buddies – It was fabulous to have Shannon Walker, the founder of this fabulous organization, at the event with many of the service dogs and veterans who have been positively impacted by this program. It was so special to hear WHY she started NW Battle Buddies and how she would like to continue to help. Because of all of YOU, she will be able to connect more Service Dogs with Veterans who really need support. A special shout out to KICK-EEZ who donated $6000 to NW Battle Buddies making the event a huge success right out of the starting gates!
  • DONATIONS: Run to Remember raised a total of $10,385! Northwest Battle Buddies donations total $9000, various local Non-Profits including the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band, the CMAC - Community Military Appreciation Committee BoyScout Troop 419 and various Washougal schools and non-profits benefited by volunteering and receiving $1165 in donations. Various runners also received race discounts in return for volunteering totaling $220 making it easier for them to race and stay healthy! Huge thank you to Sean Guard and the town of Washougal for hosting such a special event! Special Kudos to our partner KICK-EEZ for supporting this event and making it possible to make such a big donation in our first year! It was a special, meaningful day, in a great community for a fabulous cause! It was so awesome to be able to meet local Veterans who have actually benefited from NW Battle Buddies directly!
  • Weather, Washougal & Scenery – What an absolutely amazing day and the course was so scenic with views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. Don’t you just love Washougal?! It’s such a quaint town with fabulous restaurants and lots of recreational opportunities. Be sure to come back and visit, enjoy the trail and check out Cottonwood Beach for a fun day with your friends and family. Special thanks to Mayor Sean Guard and Rene Carroll who were both so instrumental in making this event a reality!
  • The finisher’s shirts look really great and patriotic on all of you. Wear them proudly! Did you like the medal? It was big and sparkly and is definitely one of my favorites! There was all kinds of great SWAG and goodies from local businesses in your bag so be sure to take advantage!
  • Deschutes Brewery Beer – Runners love to replenish their fluids post-race! I hope you enjoyed hanging out at Big Foot and sharing your post-race stories!
  • Brunch – Was that yummy or what?! Yogurt and granola bar, French toast, sausage, Pasties from Franz Bakery, Alpenrose Dairy chocolate milk, Kind Bars, Suja Juice and more!
  • The Speed – Congratulations to all the Age Group and Division winners and of course, congratulations to anyone who crossed the finish line of any race because regardless of how you place, you are a WINNER for just showing up to support this great cause! We like to celebrate the very last, the very first and everyone in between! With that said, it sure is so impressive to watch the speedsters race!  Did you notice that your Overall Champion for the 5k was a young woman! Be sure to keep your eyes on her running career! Special Kudos to Joe Dudman, age 51, who won both the 5k and the Mile! Impressive! And we also want to make mention of your 5k Master Champions, Ron Homer & Jaime Miller, both Why Racing Crew members who worked all morning starting at 5am setting up for all of you and then were still able to pull off some spectacular performances! Here are your Inaugural Run to Remember Champions!

10K Male Champions:

  1. Christopher Sheaffer from Portland OR, 31 years old, Overall Time 35:19 (5:41 pace)
  2. Rolf Vellek from Vancouver, WA, 47 years old, Overall Time 40:51 (6:34 pace)
  3. Paitoon Paperata from Troutdale, OR, 35 years old, Overall Time 43:33 (7:01 pace)

Master Champion: Brandon Colimbton from Washougal, WA, 46 years old, Overall Time 44:58 (7:14 pace)   

10K Female Champions:

  1. Laura Min from La Center, WA, 27 years old, Overall Time 42:26 (6:50 pace)
  2. Katherine Tomlinson from Damascus, OR, 43 years old, Overall Time 45:11 (7:16 pace)
  3. Danielle Frost from Camas, WA, 40 years old, Overall Time 45:26 (7:19 pace)

Master Champion: Cindy Kenitzer Raynor from Vancouver, WA, 61 years old, Overall Time 46:03 (7:25 pace)   

5k Male Champions:

  1. Joe Dudman from Portland, OR, 51 years old, Overall Time 19:26 (6:15 pace)
  2. Colby Blatz from Jefferson City, 21 years old, Overall Time 21:55 (7:03 pace)
  3. Stan Sporseen from Astoria, OR, 48 years old, Overall Time 22:19 (7:11 pace)

Master Champion: Ron Homer from Vancouver, WA, 45 years old, Overall Time 22:30 (7:15 pace)  

5k Female Champions:

  1. Lara Rix from Portland, OR, 17 years old, Overall Time 18:00 (5:48 pace)
  2. Rhiannon Gullickson from Vancouver, WA, 39 years old, Overall Time 23:18 (7:30 pace)
  3. Kaity Kobayashi from Wilsonville, OR, 28 years old, Overall Time 24:28 (7:52 pace)

Master Champion: Jaime Miller from Vancouver, WA, 40 years old, Overall Time 24:32 (7:54 pace)

Memorial Day Mile Male Champions:

  1. Joe Dudman from Portland, OR, 51 years old, Overall Time 5:25
  2. Joe Mathias from Vancouver, WA 36 years old, Overall Time 5:47
  3. Ron Homer from Vancouver WA, 45 years old, Overall Time 6:26

Memorial Day Mile Female Champions:

  1. Lauren Contois from Keizer, OR, 12 years old, Overall Time 7:50
  2. Hannah Volland from Oregon City, OR, 12 years old, Overall Time 8:05
  3. Abigal Lakeman from Tualatin, OR, 15 years old, Overall Time 8:06
  • We love to see people of all ages, sizes and fitness levels participate. Our youngest competitor was sweet Sammy Egger, 5 years old from Washougal WA and our oldest was Carol Holt, 82 years old from Oregon City OR completing the 5k! We especially loved seeing all the families doing the event together. What a great way to spend some active, quality time together while raising funds for such an important cause and reminding us what Memorial Day is all about.
  • Volunteers: We are biased but we are convinced we have the best volunteers and Why Racing Event Crew on the planet! Love them all and thank them for their time and giving, caring personality.
  • There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together without the support from our Sponsors. So please join us in thanking Deschutes Brewery * Vesta Hospitality *Fleet Feet * Franz Bakery * Athletes Lounge * KIND Snacks * Northwest Personal Training * Big Foot *KICK-EEZ *ANC Moving *Suja Juice*Alpenrose Dairy *VisitCentralOregon.com*City of Washougal *VisitWashougal.com*Why Racing Events Inc. 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 Run to Remember, NW Battle Buddies and various local clubs, teams and non-profits.

Let’s Be Friends: If you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, do so at https://www.facebook.com/WhyRacingEvents We’ve already posted a bunch of photos for you to review so go check it out!

Please take our Survey: Please take a moment to complete our survey to help us do better next year. Especially for an Inaugural event, we really like to hear your feedback to help us determine whether our vision matches what you all want from an event like this. So please take a few minutes to tell us what you liked, didn’t like and any ideas you have to make this event an annual tradition that everyone looks forward to!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PP8G3Y3

Thanks again for being the type of people who do what you need to do to be at your best and get involved to make our community better! You’re definitely an inspiration to so many!

With Appreciation,

Sherri McMillan & the Why Racing Event Crew

Ps.  Our next event on the calendar is the 20th Anniversary Pac Crest. Be sure to sign up asap to make the commitment!      

20th Anniversary Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival from June 24-26th  We host the biggest and best multi-sport RACE-cation event in Sunriver Oregon with over 5000 athletes coming together to launch into summer break! It’s a great family event with 18 different events, 3 days of fun and festivities and this year will be extra special with our 20th Anniversary party! You can find details and register at https://whyracingevents.com/event/871

Columbian newspaper covers Run to Remember WA

KOIN news covers Run to Remember WA

  • Date: 05/28/2016

  • Time: 9:00am sharp for the Memorial Day Mile / 10:00am for the 5k and 10k races

  • Downtown Washougal, WA - just across the river from Portland Oregon.
    2 Pendleton Way, Washougal WA - on the Corner of A street & Pendleton Way in Downtown Washougal.

    Check out how beautiful and quaint the city of Washougal is. It's a hidden gem just outside of Portland OR and Vancouver WA. Tourism support generously provided by City of Washougal hotel/motel tax funds.