Sunday, July 19, 2015 • Battle Ground, WA • Course Map
Set for its 7th annual running this summer, the Harvest Hay Half Marathon, 8K & Family Run/Walk takes a few hundred runners and walkers on an out-and-back loop run near the East Fork of the Lewis River, and is scheduled to coincide with the festival of the same name here in Battle Ground, Wash.
The race starts and finishes in the mixed-use planned community of Battle Ground Village in southern Washington State, just a short drive north from nearby Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Oregon.
The race is set to coincide with the city’s annual summertime Harvest Days festival, which combines parades with live music, entertainment and a family-friendly carnival in Fairgrounds Park, just to the northwest of Battle Ground Village.
The out-and-back loop course for the race starts and finishes in the heart of the Village just off Rasmussen Boulevard, as runners leave the starting line with the music of live bands cheering them on.
From there, they follow the race’s 13.1 miles through the rolling countryside in and around the Battle Ground Village area, past Fairgrounds Park where the Harvest Days festival will be going on as well as past Battle Ground Lake State Park, whose nearly 300 acres are home to thick, wooded forests, wide-open meadows and plentiful wildlife.
The race is open to both runners and walkers, though organizers note that all participants in the race, whether they’re running or walking, will need to complete the race’s 13.1 miles within 4 hours.
Following the race, runners and walkers will receive a commemorative event t-shirt and finisher’s medal compliments of the race, and all are encouraged to head over to Fairgrounds Park after the race and finish line festivities to enjoy the final day of the Harvest Days festival.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southwestern Washington state, roughly 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon, Battle Ground typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in the mid-summer, as well as its driest weather of the year during the month the race takes place.
On race day (July 19), the average low is 51ºF and the average high is 79ºF.
- 2014 Harvest Hay Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Harvest Hay Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Harvest Hay Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – 8K
- 9:00 AM – family fun run
- $60 for the half marathon, if registered by May 31, 2015
- $70 between June 1 – July 16
- $80 after July 16
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Battle Ground’s Harvest Hay Half Marathon or 8K race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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