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Reflection Run
05/17/2020 - Washougal, WA

Reflection Run
05/17/2020 - Washougal, WA

Reflection Run
05/17/2020 - Washougal, WA

About The Race

REFLECTION RUN HAS RAISED OVER $40,000 THANKS TO YOU!

The 5th Annual Reflection Run will 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. The Half Marathon, 10K & 5K running and walking courses will travel along the mighty Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. The routes will be lined with local Hero Posters of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and the event will benefit various Northwest Battle Buddies & various Military Organizations and Non-profits.

Veterans and those actively serving race Reflection Run for FREE. It’s our way of thanking you for your service. Email registration@whyracingevents.com with your Military service details and we will send you a comp code so you can register.

After your run or walk on the beautiful Washougal trail, 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.

Reflection Run is always scheduled the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend so bring your kids so they can learn what the holiday is all about!

Columbian Newspaper covering the Inaugural Run

KOIN NEWS coverage

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Check out how inspirational and moving Reflection Run is…

Date & Time

05/17/2020

8:45am for the Half Marathon
9:00am for the 5k and 10k races

Location Details

Downtown Washougal, WA – just across the river from Portland Oregon.
Reflection Plaza – 1703 Main Street, Washougal WA 98671 – 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.

Packet Pickup

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

Packet Pickup - SATURDAY MAY 16th 10am to 6pm

at Foot Traffic Vancouver, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683

 

Awards & Celebrations

Course Records

1 Mile:

2017 – Matt Legrand – 04:41.0

2017 – Danielle Frost – 05:51.5

5K:

2019 – Drake Collins – 18:17.0

2016 – Lara Rix –           18:00.0

10K:

2016 – Christopher Sheaffer – 35:19.0

2019 – Chantalle Blundell – 38:48.0

HALF MARATHON:

2018 – Matt Legrand – 1:24:19

2019 – Charmion Freifeld 1:30:36

Every runner/walker is a winner in our eyes! But to reward the 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

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

NORTHWEST 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.

View Beneficiary’s Website

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. Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket which also includes your disposable 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!

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. Drop subtle hints to your family and loved ones about how much you’d love for them to have flowers and balloons for you at the finish line.

Kid’s Event

Kids 17 and under race the 5K for FREE with an adult registration. For your children’s safety, please don’t let them attend the event on their own. Do it is a family and enjoy the festivities and some active time together!

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 Details”. 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 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?
  • We’ve ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish. Hopefully, the lines will be minimal! Please expect to have some delays about 20 minutes prior to race start when everyone has to go at exactly the same time.
How many porta-potties will be on the Course?

There are bathrooms along the course at Captain Williams park located at about Mile 1 along the trail. Half Marathoners will pass this area four times; 10K & 5K athletes will pass this area twice.

Where should my family go to cheer me along?

Good spots for your loved ones are:

  • South of the Start/Finish line just past the tunnel
  • Captain Williams Park along the trail. Depending on your distance, they may see you multiple times. There is plenty of parking at this location too
  • And of course, the start/finish line in downtown Washougal

Just remind spectators 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, 10K and a Half Mrathon 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 a couple 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, 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. Please be very careful when trying to navigate around someone.

Travel & Accommodations

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

Best places to stay overnight in Washougal:

Best Western – 5 minutes from the Start/Finish

Air BNB – There are many beautiful homes available for rent in Washougal.

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.

Restaurants

Go to http://visitwashougal.com/ for restaurant options.

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!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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.

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!

Event Partners

We’re honored to partner with these great companies to provide you the absolute best race experience. We couldn’t do it without them so please show them the LOVE and support them as a thank you for all they do for our community.

CONNECT

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CONTACT

WHY Racing Events Inc.
2310 E 2nd Street, Suite A
Vancouver, WA 98661

Phone: (360) 574-7292
Email: info@whyracingevents.com