This is a beautiful fast, flat and scenic 5K, 10K and Half Marathon course – perfect for a PR!
The Half Marathon course will initially take you west through Washougal and then back towards the Start/Finish line. Then Half Marathoners will join the 5K and 10K course and run/walk along the mighty Columbia River with magnificent views of Mt. Hood and finish with an out and back section through the industrial area. The river trail is a dirt, gravel path so a minimalist shoe may not be appropriate for this course. We will be taking you off the main trail to provide a few surprises. Also, watch for the course split that takes the 5K athletes back to the finish line and the 10K/Half Marathon athletes further along the route. There is additional split for the Half Marathoners & 10K athletes that will have the Half Marathoners travel further east to pick up more mileage. There is one final course split where the Half Marathoners complete their out and back section through the industrial area when the 5K/10K athletes continue straight to the finish line. We will have advanced signage and volunteers but please pay attention.
Please do the course that you signed up for or it negatively affects results. If you need to change distances, please let us know asap.
Stay to the right – Be sure to always leave room for athletes to pass you along the trail. Avoid walking/running with multiple athletes abreast as it can make it very difficult to pass.
Speed Bumps – There are 2 speed bumps along Pendleton as we enter and exit the trail. We will mark them but please be very careful. They can be hard to see and can trip you if you’re not paying attention.
Self-seed – If you are fast, start near the front. If you are intermediate, start in the middle. If you are recreational and/or a walker, please start near the back. Parents – unless you know your kid is a cross-country or track star, please have them start at the back. Kids are notorious for starting at the front and then stopping abruptly posing a safety risk for themselves and others.
Pacers – We have pacers for the Half Marathon to help you achieve your goal finish time. Line up close to the pacer holding your goal-time.
The initial Half Marathon section through Washougal and the final out-andback through the industrial area is not closed, so please be careful and alert at all times. We will have Flaggers en route to help you safely pass any key intersections but always run/walk defensively.
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.
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!
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.
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WHY Racing Events Inc.
1108 NE 146th Street, Suite J
Vancouver, WA 98685
Phone: (360) 314-4682