Race Preview: 2014 Harvest Days Half and 8K

The 2014 Harvest Hay Half Medal.

Still looking for a half marathon in July and didn't have this beauty on your radar? Well now you do! Check out the  the Harvest Days Run! This race still has that small-town feel, and is not just a race, but an experience! after the race, stay to enjoy awards, booth expo, carnival, and the Battle Ground Village Outdoor Market.
The event includes a half marathon, plus an 8k (just about 5 miles), and a family fun run. It's not until late July, giving you time to increase your mileage so you're ready for whichever distance you choose. That and the race gives a very geneous finish time of 4 hours! That's right - Runners and walkers are welcome and all participants have until 11:30 AM to complete the course!

They have a theme this year- Wild Wild West. So you can have a little fun with your outfits or costumes. So you can wear cowboy hats, cow costumes, and Daisy Dukes (not sure how comfy the last one would be to run in though! )
 

The 2014 Flyer.

Details:

When: Sunday, July 20, 2014
What time: The half marathon will start at 7:30a, the 8k at 7:45a, and the family fun run at 9a (same as previous years)
Where: The Center Park Pavilion at Battle Ground Village in Battle Ground, Wash.
Register: Online here for the half marathon at $60, the 8k at $35, and the family fun run at $25* per family. Those rates are good through July 16th, then the half and the 8k rates go up $10 HM/$5 8K (DOR is even higher and shirts are not guarenteed!)

The 2014 Harvest Hay Half shirt.

What you get: Finishers in both the 8k and half marathon will get a finishers medal, a Dri-fit tech shirt, chip-timing, as well as Beer by Laurelwood Brewery, Food by Bones Steak & Chop House, and a Live DJ at the post-party in Battle Ground Village. **Family Run registration fee does not include shirts

The Finishers Medal (see pictured) will always connected to a piece of history in North Clark County. This year it’s the “Grist Mill”, which has been around for over 100 years. It was built when settlers first moved into the area. http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com/

Course:

The Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile run that passes the Rusty Grape Winery, through the countryside, down the heart of Main Street, starting and finishing in Battle Ground Village. The run will kickoff at 7:30 Sunday morning, July 20th, and allows four hours for runners to complete the course. Six water stations are available at miles 2.5 (with two porta-potties), 5, 7 (with one porta-potty), 10, and 12, as well as the finish line.
The 8K is a 4.97 mile run starting at 7:45 AM that sets off on the Half Marathon course before looping back into the heart of Main Street and finishing at Battle Ground Village. Water stations are available at mile 2.5 (with two porta-potties) and the finish.
Finally- you are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Food Band and there are also cash prizes for top three overall runners (male and female).
This is a beautiful course, with a few hills, and a great price for what you get. A well run fabulous race – check out this must not miss racing event in Battle Ground, WA this year!
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