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Race Preview: Freedom 5k and Kids Marathon 6/14/2014 (Vancouver, WA)

If you have not experienced the Vancouver USA Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k weekend events in prior years, you ‘ought to really check this weekend of ‘running awesomeness’ out. I participated in the half marathon event in 2012 and 2013, and will return to run in the half marathon again this June, 2014. However, I have to focus in on one of the best 5k and Kids Marathon events that I have seen.

Kids Marathon 6/14/2014 (Picture Credit: Energy Events)

Kids Marathon 6/14/2014 (Picture Credit: Energy Events)

On Saturday, June 14, 2014 Energy Events will kick-off this incredible weekend with the Freedom 5k and Kids Marathon. The race starts at 10 a.m. in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Ester Short Park. The course will take you on a lovely tour of Vancouver, Washington, USA. Sights will include downtown Vancouver (which is darling), and the famous Officer’s Row/Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. Then the course will take you along the banks of the Columbia River and send you back to the Start/Finish line at Ester Short Park. I am happy to report, for those of you that appreciate a net decent over a course that the only real elevation gain for this 5k race will occur immediately after the start. At approximately the half mile mark, it will be almost 1.5 miles of nice, gradual downhill terrain. The remaining 1.6 miles are rolling, with the elevation gain/loss being about 50 feet. Nice! Bring the entire family to this one – all speeds and abilities eagerly encouraged to participate!

Your registration fee for the Freedom 5k is currently $40. The Kids Marathon is $20. Registration fees for the Freedom 5k include an event t-shirt, goodie bag, food, snacks, beer (21 and over, bring ID) and music. The Kids Marathon entry fee includes an event t-shirt and race medal. Make sure to get registered for this event soon, as the price increases for race day registration.

One of many glorious sites along the Freedom 5k course 6/14/2014One of many glorious sites along the Freedom 5k course 6/14/2014

One of many glorious sites along the Freedom 5k course 6/14/2014

Besides getting to participate in an awesome race, or even a shake-out run prior to Sunday’s marathon or half marathon event, the kids have a race all their own to participate in, too. The Kids Marathon is so awesome to watch, and the children receive finisher medals all their own. Additionally, on Saturday you can check out the Sports and Fitness Expo which will have awesome vendors to check-out, music, Vancouver USA Marathon related apparel to purchase, and the – wait for it – SUMMER BREWFEST (25 breweries, 50 taps, 3 days)!

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Distance: 5k or Kids Marathon
Start Time: 5k starts at 10 a.m.; Kids Marathon starts at 11 a.m.
Cost: $40 for the 5k until 6/5/14; $20 for the Kids Marathon until 6/5/14
Register: Click here to register



About Jessica Mumme (235 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog,

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