The 12k course starts in Esther Short Park, runs north along Main Street and crosses over a bridge over the I-5 freeway before taking runners to Officers row at Mile 1. Runners then travel south through the Fort Vancouver area, over the Highway 14 land bridge and run along the Columbia River Highway while taking in views of the Columbia River. At mile 3 runners pass by Esther Short Park again and then head west towards the train station. At mile 5 they turn and head back toward the finish line at Esther Short Park. The 5k runners will run along side of the 12k runners through the Historic Officers Row, Fort Vancouver, and along the Columbia River. The 5k runners will end the course at Esther Short Park.
For the kiddo’s looking for a holiday race there are two kids event that will be taking place. The Kids Kandy Kane 1k race, and a shorter Kids Fun Run. The kids runs in an Energy Event race are always fun, with pre-race group stretches before the start. Kids will get a t-shirt, race bib, race medal, an award certificate and a goodie bag. Last year there Santa was there taking pictures with the kids which was really fun and allowed us to skip the long lines at the mall to see Santa. The kid’s race is reasonably priced at $8/$10 per child with a discount for multiple children.
If you register for this race by October 14th, the cost for the 12k is $45 and the cost for the 5k is $40. There are price hikes on October 15th ($5 increase), and again on November 24th ($5 increase). There is race day registration available. Energy events has a special program for runners under the age of 18. All their races are only $18 if you’re under 18 – a steal! There are also group discounts if you have 4 or more people in your group. Included in your registration is a long sleeve t-shirt, food, hot buttered rum, hot chocolate, and a race goodie bag. Stick around after the race, drink your Hot Buttered Rum, and enjoy the Christmas music put on by DJ Paradox in the holiday themed after party.
Race: Hot Buttered Run
Location: Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington
Time: 9:30am for the 12k, 10:00am for the 5k, and 11:30 for the kids races
Registration: online, mail in registration or day of race