Events, times, prices:
9:00am for all events
3mi or 7mi run/walk $55
10mi run/walk $65
**NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION**
Location: 800 Main Street between 8th & 9th Ave in downtown Vancouver in front of Main Event and Dublin Down
Number of runners: about 560.
Beneficiary: Charity of YOUR choice! If a charity team gets 50 or more members, $5 from each person’s registration will go to that charity. A total of $1815 was raised for a variety of charities.
Swag: Tech tshirt, finishers medal, green beer and Harry's Soup (at Main Event), a warm cocktail (at Dublin Down), cookies, cupcakes and other treats! Prizes were given to costume contest winners, and also overall/age group winners
3.1 mile map
Lucky 7 mile map
10.25 mile map
Results: Results can be found here.
As for the RUNNING part of this race, I was nervous about attempting the 10 mile distance that Ardara and Krista were doing because I was still having some ankle pain during some of my runs. I decided that 7 miles would be a better choice for me. All of the events started at the same time, but since there were just under 600 runners, it wasn't too congested at the starting line.
The run itself was pretty nice. It was a flat, mostly "out and back" route on sidewalks and paved roads--the longer distances just went out a little farther before turning around. The route was partially closed to traffic, but there were lots of volunteers on the course directing runners and the few cars that happened to be out on the short portions on the street. The route went from downtown Vancouver, to Officer's Row (where I tripped less than a mile in and almost fell--thankfully caught myself on another runner, who was very nice about the whole thing), to Ft Vancouver, out to the waterfront and Columbia Way before turning around. The weather was actually perfect for a race--overcast and just cool enough. I was especially grateful to have my friend Wendy to run with! We definitely pushed each other--she pushed me a little faster for the first half, and I pushed her a little faster for the second half.
Race swag included a hefty medal for all finishers, tech tshirt (gender specific), drawstring backpack goodie bag with actual goodies inside, as well as several race fliers! There were age group medals as well (I was super excited and surprised to find out that I was second in my age group!) The post-race goodies were awesome as well: lots of cookies, coffee and tea and the nearby church; warm soup and green beer at Main Event; Irish coffees at Dublin Down; massages and mint chocolate chip cupcakes at Divine Consign. I decided to partake of ALL of those goodies, and was happy that all of the locations were within a block of the finish line. The swag and treats were really nice--but what really impressed me was how all of the businesses involved were very friendly to the runners, and you could tell that the race organization wanted to pamper the participants. Little details like having an event specific backdrop where people could take pictures really stood out to me. It was a wonderful day!
WHY Racing Events did a fantastic job putting on the inaugural race. I would definitely encourage runners to come out and experience this amazing event--I'm absolutely going to put this on my calendar for next year.