Race name: Summer Solstice Urban Adventure Race
Date/time: Saturday, June 21st, 2014 @ 5pm
Registration/price: $30-50 per person
Location: start/finish at NW Personal Training (various locations in downtown Vancouver, WA)
Events offered: Adventure race; costume contest
Number of runners: 180
Beneficiary: Clark County Food Bank
Being that I never done this type of race I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my sense of adventure peaked my curiosity. This race turned out to be better than I imagined and I really enjoyed the experience. I felt that it is a great way to spend a Saturday and celebrate the first day of summer.
I must admit that it would have been nice if it were in the morning or a later in the evening as it was much warmer than I expected especially when it came to running nearly six miles. The clues were cleverly written and fun to figure out. I highly recommend the use of a smart phone or be teamed with someone who is extremely familiar with downtown Vancouver as to get the best of the experience.
The obstacles were great! Some silly, some brainy and others a test of strength (i.e., climbing the wall). My first impression was that this race would appeal more to middle school ages and older, but I saw young kids dressed in costumes having a great time with their families/teams. It was hard to say which destination was my favorite because each one had its own unique experience.
This year’s race gave us the opportunity to eat meal worms, getting hair highlights at the salon, a mini Pilates workout, rolling beer kegs down the street and grocery shopping just to name a few and let’s not forget about running up and down the streets of downtown Vancouver in wacky costumes.
Food at the finish line was pretty typical of what you see at every other race (bananas, oranges, bagels and cereal bars) but there was a local vendor that was selling their food to those wanting something different. The raffle was okay but could use some improvement in the prizes that were given out. For instance, my prize was a box of energy gels that I discovered was three months expired which I’m sure was an oversight.
The photographer on hand was super sweet and did an excellent job capturing lots of action shots. In conclusion I would definitely do this race again because it was a fun way to get some exercise as well as support Vancouver businesses and it also appeals to my sense of adventure.