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Girlfriends Half Marathon Event Date(s): 10/13/2013 Recruit your best girlfriend and benefit Breast Cancer Research.
Check out how much fun we had at our 2012 Girlfriends Half Marathon
General Event Details:
9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.
We raised over $70,000 last year together!
A Half Marathon designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.
How do you describe your best girlfriend? You love to hang with her – no matter what you’re doing. You can tell her anything without judgment. She inspires you to do and be better. She lifts you up and empowers you. She helps you to see the bright side when you’re going through a tough time. You can laugh and cry and sometimes just do nothing with her. So who is your best girlfriend? Is it your mom, your sis, your daughter, someone you’ve known for years or someone you just met recently? One thing is consistent – it’s someone you connect with on a deep level, a soul sister. And bottom line - when girlfriends get together they can accomplish anything! There’s nothing better, more beautiful than a bunch of strong, powerful, passionate women on a mission! And that’s why collectively, as a group of determined gals, we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Plus when you cross the finish line, you can’t imagine how that positively impacts YOUR entire life. The sense of accomplishment you will feel is unbelievable and it will provide you with the strength and confidence to conquer anything in your life. So – “Go Girlfriend Go Girlfriend Go!”
Northwest Personal Training
1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660
From I5 going South
Take 1-5 to the City Center/Mill Plain/Port of Vancouver Exit #1C. Veer to the right at the bottom of the ramp. Get into the left lane safely but immediately. Turn left at Broadway. Northwest Personal Training & Fitness Education is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11 th and Evergreen – 10 th st ). Free 2 hour parking is located in the lot on the corner of Broadway and Evergreen. Metered parking is located on all city streets in the vicinity and is free on weekends, mornings before 8:00am and after 6:00pm on weekdays.
From Portland - 15 going North
Take I-5 to City Center/6 th Street Exit #1B. Stay straight off the ramp which turns into "C" St. Turn left on 12th street. Turn left on Broadway. Northwest Personal Training & Fitness Education is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11 th and Evergreen - 10 th st.). Free 2 hour parking is located in the lot on the corner of Broadway and Evergreen. Metered parking is located on all city streets in the vicinity and is Free on weekends, mornings before 8:00am and after 6:00pm on weekdays.
From Highway 14
Take Highway 14 West to the City Center Exit. Stay straight which turns into "C" St. Turn left on 12th street . Turn left on Broadway. Northwest Personal Training & Fitness Education is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11 th and Evergreen - 10 th st.). Free 2 hour parking is located in the lot on the corner of Broadway and Evergreen. Metered parking is located on all city streets in the vicinity and is Free on weekends, mornings before 8:00am and after 6:00pm on weekdays.
$65 before February 1st
$70 February 1st - May 31st
$75 June 1st - September 14th
$80 September 15th - October 12th
There will be no race day registration to ensure a smooth race start and for the sanity of our volunteers.
A great price for a fun event, runner's shirt, necklace, Live Concert, food & so much more!
* Technical Women's Runner's t-shirt
* Finisher's Gift
* Post-event food and drink
* Post-event festivities
* Sense of accomplishment - Priceless!
Notice: There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant on the waiting list - which will mean more donations to Susan G. Komen! This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry girlfriend, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.
If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.
If you are a transfer this year from previous years, be sure to email us at email@example.com to confirm this year's registration asap!
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® & Kearney Breast Center We have all either directly or indirectly been impacted by the effects of breast cancer. One hundred percent of the profits of the Girlfriends Half Marathon will go directly to the Oregon & SW Washington Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. The organizations' promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to curing breast cancer at every stage - from the causes to the cures, to the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.
100% of the funds collected from the Pink Brigade program will go directly to Kearney Breast Center. You can learn more about this special program at http://www.nwpersonaltraining.com/subs/events/event_details.php?event_id=212
13.1 mile mostly flat and scenic course traveling along historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, the Columbian Riverfront and more. This course is so pretty, the miles may even fly by! It’s a great course for a Personal Best!
Post-event Girly Festivities on Sunday October 13th:
We’re going to work hard to make this event as women-friendly as possible. For example,
• Enjoy chocolate and cupcakes at the finish line courtesy of Divine Consign – every girlfriend loves chocolate! Enjoy cookies and tea at Rosemary's Cafe. Yummy! This will keep you going through 13.1 miles!
• Be treated to a massage after you conquer the event at the Divine Consign pampering center. Sit and relax and chat with other cool women like yourself after you finish – that’s what girlfriends do best!
• Get an amazing necklace at the finish line placed around your neck by a FIREMAN! Receive a beautiful women's (non-unisex) running shirt that will remind you of your accomplishment.
Other Event Information:
Awards & Celebrations:
Awards Ceremony at 11:45am. Please stick around if you can for awards, door prizes and to see the last girlfriend finish and cheer her on.
Every woman is a winner in our eyes! But to reward those gals who are kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with:
• Trophies for Top Three Women Overall
• Prizes for Top 3 Women in the following Age Groups:
19yrs & under, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70+ You get a winners’ ribbon just for showing up!!
Note: We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.
What to do to be Prepared:
Girlfriend – how do you finish 13.1 miles? You can run, jog, walk or crawl. We don’t care as long as you get there. Unfortunately, for liability reasons, no bikes, skateboards or rollerblades are allowed. Although wouldn’t that be a cool sight to see a bunch of moms and grandmas roller-blading for 13.1 miles. Are Jogger strollers allowed? Well, 13.1 miles for the kiddies might be a little much. Unless you don’t mind hearing “Mom, How much longer?” for a couple hours. Yeah, it might be a good idea to find a sitter for this one and just enjoy the event with your girlfriends. Plus it might be a little dangerous for your fellow walkers and runners to try to maneuver around you! But invite the kids to come and see you finish and participate in the Kids Mini Marathon to benefit the Children's Center. Teach them the importance of giving back at an early age. You’ll provide an awesome role model for them. As a reminder, drop subtle hints about how much you’d love for them to have flowers and balloons for you at the finish line. And be sure they make signs for you. Some of our favorites are “Go Mommy Go” or “My Grandma’s a rock-star!”. Or maybe get them a white shirt that they can decorate with encouraging words like “I bet my Mom can run faster than your Mom!”
Be sure to train with us at Northwest Personal Training or Northwest Women's Fitness Club so you can be in the best shape of your life and cross the finish line. We will be hosting Half Marathon Training clinics to help ensure you get to the finish line! Call us at 360.574.7292 or 503.287.0655 for more details.
You can also participate in Fit Right NW's running and walking programs to help you prepare. You can get more details by visiting the following link:
Help us raise more funds: Are you really passionate about our cause?! If so, you can make a significantly great impact to our fund raising efforts! Click on the link below to become an official fundraiser and invite your friends to pledge your efforts on behalf of Breast Cancer research. Imagine if we each raised only $20, that would be an extra $60,000 raised! Wow!
It's easy to set up your own personal Donation page. Click on the following link and click "Start a Team" and follow instructions. It's easy to get your family and friends to support your efforts!
Do you know a guy who would like to participate in the GF Half? Tell them about our Pink Brigade program...such a fun way for a few guys to raise a lot of money for the cause. Click on the link below for more details.
For our out of town guests, if you are flying, you will need to schedule your flight arriving into Portland Oregon. The event start and finish and local hotels are a 20 minute cab ride from the airport.
Book your accommodations at one of the following hotels:
The Hilton Hotel
301 W. 6th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Use Group Code: 606 or 2012 Girlfriends Half Marathon
Two Double Beds: $109.00(Single rate), $109.00(Double rate), $119.00(Triple rate), $129.00(Quad rate)
One King Bed: $114.00 (single rate), $114.00 (Double rate), $124.00(Triple rate), $134.00(Quad rate)
7 blocks from the start/finish.
Comfort Inn and Suites
401 E. 13th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Northwest Personal Training Company Rate: $79.00 (room w/2 double beds), $84.99 (room w/2 queen beds), $89.99 (King Suite)
3 blocks from the start/finish.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver/Portland
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd
Vancouver WA 98661
Located along the course on the waterfront and very easy to get to the start/finish.
Tell them that you are participating in the Girlfriends Half Marathon and you will get 10% off!
Red Lion Hotel at the Quay
100 Columbia St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Use code NWO to receive NWPT preferred rate of $79.95
10 blocks from the start/finish.
Tell all your girlfriends about this event so you can all have fun together. Plus the more people who participate, the more money we can raise for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Kearney Breast Care center.
A HUGE thank you to our Event Sponsors!
Powerbar A huge thank you to PowerBar for supplying all of our energy bars and gels to help us get to the finish line feeling great! Visit their website here
Corwin A huge thank you to Corwin for keeping us hydrated and supplying all of our hydration needs for the Girlfriend's Half Marathon. Visit their website here
When The Shoe Fits A big thank you to When the Shoe Fits for supporting Girlfriend's half marathon and the Susan G. Komen foundation! Visit their website here
Clark County Washington Reserve Unit We want to thank the Clark County Washington Reserve Unit for helping to keep our race participants safe! Visit their website here
Fast Signs Thank-you to Barry and the team at FASTSIGNS for providing great banners and for supporting our events and our community! Visit their website here
"What a disgrace it is for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which her body is capable." -Socrates