Sunday, October 15, 2017 • Vancouver, WA • Course Map
Set for its 11th annual running, Vancouver’s Girlfriends Half Marathon is more than just a road race – it’s an event that seeks to both empower and encourage women as well as raise needed funds for breast cancer research.
The race is run as a benefit for the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nationwide nonprofit organization/network of breast cancer survivors and activists who help promote the cause through events like the organization’s annual 3-Day For The Cure, a 60-mile walking event that takes place in 14 cities across the United States from late July through mid-November each year.
The Girlfriends Half is an event that’s run very much in the same spirit, as many of the participants get dressed out in pink running shirts, shorts and caps for the race, which they are permitted to take part in any way they like – walking, jogging or running. And, as a special treat for the finishers, there’s chocolate at the finish line for every runner or walker who completes 13.1 miles.
The course for the race follows an out-and-back route that starts and finishes near the intersection of Vancouver’s 11th and Main Streets.
From there, runners and walkers head out on what is mostly a fast, flat route through the city, trekking through areas like Officer’s Row — a stretch of historic homes along Evergreen Boulevard, which once served as residential housing for the soldiers and families stationed at Vancouver Barracks — as well as the riverfront trails along the Columbia River.
After making their way out to River Park, the easternmost point of the race and the first turnaround point, runners then head back west along the route they’ve just run, back along Columbia Street and across the Lewis & Clark Highway over to Pearson Field.
This small airport near the southern edge of downtown and adjacent to Fort Vancouver, once served as a headquarters and supply depot for fur trading operations of the British-owned Hudson Bay Company, and later as a U.S. Army post, and today makes up the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Runners make their way around the streets of the base, running the final four miles of the half marathon around Fort Vancouver before exiting the base and heading back out into the city for the home stretch back in to the finish line at 11th and Main Streets.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the north bank of the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, roughly 10 miles north of downtown Portland, Ore., Vancouver typically sees cool to mild weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 19°F (in 2002) and as high as 90°F (in 2007).
On race day (Oct. 15), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 64°F.
- $65 – $85 for the half marathon, quarter marathon
- $20 – $35 for the kids mini marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Vancouver’s Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half Marathon or Quarter Marathon race, register online at RegtoRace.com.
Official Race Website
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