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Girlfriends Half Marathon Event Date(s): 10/18/2009 SOLD OUT! Recruit your best girlfriend and benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
General Event Details:
9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.
Women supporting Women
Hey girlfriends. We are currently sold out. We added 500 spots this year and capped out at 1500 women - yes, 5 months before the race! Can you believe it?! The city wants to ensure our current location can manage that many gals. If we want to grow the event further, we may need to move locations next year. So next year, sign up way early and if you're not doing anything that day, please come on out and cheer on and/or volunteer to help out. You can email email@example.com if you want to volunteer and/or would like to be placed on a waiting list.
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
Parking is Free on Weekends.
$60 before October 1st
$70 October 1st-17th
There will be no race day registration to ensure a smooth race start and for the sanity of our volunteers.
* Technical 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 2 weeks 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!
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® 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 organization’s 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. Visit their website here.
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!
Pre-event Girly Festivities on Saturday October 17th:
10:00-11:00 Yoga for Runners class (space is limited so call or email us to sign up early). Note, if you don't regularly do Yoga, it's not a good idea to start the day before a Half Marathon! :)
11:30-1:00 ChiRunning/ChiWalking - Learn how to improve alignment and patterns of movement to reduce risk of injury.
1:15-2:15 Nutrition Tips for Female Athletes (and yes, you are an athlete!)
2:30-3:30 Must do Exercises and Stretches for Runners and Walkers
3:45-4:45 Girlfriends Style - Hey, you work hard to look your best! Learn how to dress so you always highlight your best individual features
Post-event Girly Festivities on Sunday October 18th:
We’re going to work hard to make this event as women-friendly as possible. For example,
• Enjoy chocolate at the finish line – every girlfriend loves chocolate!
• Be treated to a massage after you conquer the event
• Sit and relax and chat with other cool women like yourself after you finish – that’s what girlfriends do best!
Other Event Information:
Awards & Celebrations:
Awards Ceremony at 11:30am. 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!!
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. But invite the kids to come and see you finish. You’ll provide an awesome role model for them. 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 “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.
You can also participate in Fit Right NW's running and walking programs every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning to help you prepare. You can get more details by visiting the following link:
What to Bring:
Bring the obvious - running/walking shoes, gear depending on weather, your bib number, your chip timing piece etc.
Plus remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. Your girlfriends will appreciate that!
We can only accommodate 1500 girlfriends so register early. We sell out every year!
Volunteers - This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit that special guy in your life that would be extremely helpful.
Have them email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org if they can help out:
Cell Phone Number:
Any specific time constraints they have:
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
Group Code: 604 Group Rate: $149 Oct. 17 only
Reservation must be made before Oct 3
7 blocks from the start/finish.
Comfort Inn and Suites
401 E. 13th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Northwest Personal Training Company Rate: $75.95
3 blocks from the start/finish.
Red Lion Hotel at the Quay
100 Columbia St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Northwest Personal Training Preferred Rate: $79
Group Rate Code: NOW
Phone: 360.694.8341 or email@example.com
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®.
A HUGE thank you to our Event Sponsors!
Max Muscle A big thank you to Max Muscle, the local authority on Sports Nutrition products, for their ongoing support of community events. Visit their website here
Clark County Sheriff Reserve Unit A big thank you to the Clark County Sheriff Reserve Unit who will be keeping us safe and protected! Visit their website here
Corwin Beverage Co A huge thank you to Corwin for supplying all of our water needs for the Girlfriends Half Marathon and ensuring we all stay hydrated! From one truck and three employees in 1941, to over 100 trucks and more than 100 employees today, family-owned Corwin Beverage Company has established a business tradition of community involvement and offering over 300 different beverages to fit any lifestyle. Visit their website here
Fit Right Northwest A local footwear and clothing dealer in Portland and Vancouver that provides incredible customer service and offers weekly walking and running clinics. We send all of our clients to Fit Right Northwest and they return with rave reviews.
Beige Blond Thanks to Brett, Katie and the crew at Beige Blond for sponsoring our Warm-up Featured Guest and for doing post-event up-dos. No one will ever believe you did a Half Marathon when you get home looking like a million bucks! Visit their website here
PowerBar A big thank you to PowerBar for providing energy bars, energy drink and Powergels to help us all get to the finish line. Visit their website here
Rosemary's Cafe Thank you to Rosemary's Cafe for offering Tea and Cookies post event. Won't that be absolutely wonderful after 13.1 miles?! Visit their website here
Sparks Furniture Store A big thank you to Sparks Furniture store for providing a warm and dry venue before and after the event. Once you finish your 13.1 miles stop by for your complimentary massage and chocolate courtesy of Sparks Furniture. Visit their website here
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." -A. Unknown