Events and price:
5k or 10k $42-45
1k Cub Run $15-20
Polar Bear Slide (free)
Location: Battle Ground Village; Battle Ground, WA
Beneficiary: Clark County Fire & Rescue Fire Cadet Program Booster Club
Number of runners: 500
Swag: Tech t-shirts (see below!) and goodie bags. New for 2015--all 5k and 10k finishers will receive a medal! Post-race pancake breakfast, beer by Northwest Public House & Brewery (Oakshire IPA and Bud Light). TONS of FREE photos on their Facebook page after the event.
Course: The 5k and 10k courses are both fairly flat and fast.course maps with elevation charts are available here.
Shortly before the race was scheduled to start, I left my nice warm snow jacket with the Bold Babes and headed to the starting line with my friend Krista, who I had promised I would run with (she said I didn't have to, but I thought it would be nice to have some company since I wasn't shooting for a PR). The 10k course is a flat out and back through Battle Ground. The streets are not closed to traffic, but there is enough room on the shoulder and sidewalk for the volume of runners to safely run the course. There were also lots of fantastic volunteers on the course, including several Clark County Fire Cadets, who also helped set up and tear down before and after the event.
A mile from the finish, Krista mentioned that the last mile was usually the hardest for her. Although I wanted to be encouraging, I was a little too tired to carry on a conversation and wanted to try to pick up the pace a little. Krista didn't seem to notice or mind, so I kept at it. As we neared the finish line, I made a goal of trying to catch the person in front of me, and hoped to motivate Krista to finish strong! I was so proud of her when she said that she had PR'd by 5 1/2 minutes!!!
After we crossed the finish line, we received our medals, hung around, met up with other friends, listened to the DJ, and watched the crazies who braved the Polar Bear Slide, including Race Director Elba and my friend Kevin! I had considered it, but chickened out. But they did have towels for those who did the slide, and the hot tub was reserved for Polar Bear Sliders only, who also received a special prize (such as a cute mug).
When I was getting my jacket, Brighid, who won a race entry on the blog, came to say hi! She had pushed her little kiddo in a stroller for the 10k, and she did great. It was really nice of her to say hi--FYI I love meeting my readers! :) Once I was bundled back up, I grabbed some nice warm pancakes with maple syrup and then headed into the beer garden! In addition to pancakes, they had gummy bears, peanut butter and bread, Gatorade, water and root beer. Kind Bars was there handing out bars as well. We hung out for awhile, as there were several friends who received overall and age group medals (congrats!!!). A bunch of Chuggers headed to Northwood afterwards for lunch. Battle Ground Village is a great venue because it is so convenient to go straight from the finish line to an actual restaurant (you don't even have to move your car)!
Overall, it was a well-organized race with a big emphasis on HAVING FUN--and an even bigger emphasis on helping the local community. I love that the 2015 Resolution Run raised over $1000 for the Clark County Fire Cadet program!