Running a marathon is no easy feat, but committed long-distance runners will flock to the greater Vancouver USA area three times this year to take on the impressive achievement. Choose a Sunday in spring, or early or late summer for 26.2 miles of scenic adventure.
Blooms to Brews – April 29
On the outskirts of Clark County, Get Bold Events hosts Blooms to Brews at Horseshoe Lake Park in Woodland, WA. The flat course takes runners by fully-bloomed fields of tulips and lilacs. If it is too daunting to tackle yourself, put together a team of four. Catchy names and costumes are highly encouraged, like Team One in a Minion clad in bright yellow shirts and blue overalls. Enjoy a brew at the afterparty (Root Beer included for non-drinkers).
Vancouver America – June 3
New to the scene, nationally recognized RAM Racing (with timing company EnMotive) caters to those looking to finish their first marathon and pro Boston Marathon qualifiers alike with the Vancouver America Marathon. Beginning and ending at Esther Short Park, the route heads west of downtown to the shores of Vancouver Lake and the Columbia River at Frenchman’s Bar and the Waterfront Renaissance Trail. This 26.2-mile race is the most affordably priced of the three at $89 to participate.
Appletree Marathon – September 16
Coined as a “run through history,” the first annual Appletree Marathon is a flat two-loop course through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Officer’s Row, the Army Barracks, and Pearson Field before heading east along the Columbia River. Named after the historic Old Apple Tree, the run is organized by Vancouver race veterans Why Racing Events, which has found success leading the Girlfriends Run for the Cure, and others. Starting in front of the Grant House on Officer’s Row, enjoy energetic water stations at every mile and all things apple at the finish line (think apple pie and cider). This race takes place on the last day to qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon.
For more active events, check out our sports calendar.