Washington > Every Girl's Half Marathon & 5K
Ridgefield, WA • Sunday, August 18, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 3rd annual running along the city streets, riverside nature trails and rolling country roads that lie between Ridgefield and Vancouver in southeastern Washington state, along the banks of the Columbia River and just a short drive north from nearby Portland, the Every Girl's Half Marathon & 5K is one of a series of running events in this part of the Pacific Northwest.
As its name suggests, the Every Girl's race is designed especially for women, which means all entrants will receive women's size tech race t-shirts when they sign up for the event, among other goody bag gifts. The race proceeds also will go to benefit the Portland Metro chapter of Girls On The Run, a nonprofit organization that encourages young girls in the 3rd through the 5th grades to develop self-confidence and healthy attitudes toward eating and exercise in their pre-teen years, through involvement in athletic events just like this one.
Runners and walkers -- the race is open to both, provided that walkers can finish the race's 13.1 miles within the 3 1/2-hour time limit -- start the out-and-back course for the race at Sleep Country Amphitheater, which lies just off Interstate 5 and Highway 502, roughly half-way between Ridgefield and Vancouver. From there, the half marathon route starts off with what is roughly a counter-clockwise loop along Northwest 179th Street.
While much of the race is fast and flat, the first few and last few miles of the race are where the steepest hills occur. Runners hit a quick downhill (and equally abrupt uphill) between mile markers 2 and 3, as they're making the turn from 179th onto 41st Avenue, and then there's another steep drop of about 150 feet as the course makes its way across Salmon Creek, to the section where runners head onto the Salmon Creek Trail.
Here, runners turn off Northwest 36th Avenue and onto the three-mile-long, 10-ft.-wide paved trail that stretches between Northwest 36th and Salmon Creek Park at its easternmost point, a stretch that's virtually all flat for the next five miles (the out-and-back almost all the way to Salmon Creek Park and back). Protected wildlife habitat like wetlands and ponds along the creek will be the scenery along this part of the race, and then runners head back across the creek for the final three miles.
The course winds past the Felida Fairgrounds, residential neighborhoods and two long straightaway stretches on Northwest 11th Avenue and 164th Street before bringing runners back to the amphitheater for the race finish on the plaza.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the mighty Columbia River that divides Washington and Oregon in the state's southeastern corner, just over 24 miles north of Portland, Ore., Ridgefield typically sees August temperatures that average between 56°F and 82°F, while rainfall totals average just over 1.1 inches, making August the city's second-driest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Aug. 18), the average low is 56°F and the average high is 82°F.
View the race route map for the Every Girl's Half Marathon
7:00 AM - half marathon
8:00 AM - 5K
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by May 31, 2013
$70 after May 31
$80 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of Ridgefield's Every Girl's Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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