Looking for a fun family event for Thanksgiving weekend? Check out the fun festivities with Energy Events’ Hot Buttered Run. Run/walk through the historic officer’s row in Vancouver and enjoy the holiday atmosphere at the start and finish in Esther Short Park. This looks like a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, so be there with bells on! Participants who are 21+ will enjoy the holiday spirits with a hot buttered rum and those not yet at drinking age (or wishing not to partake in that beverage) can enjoy a tasty hot chocolate.
Beneficiaries to receive a portion of the proceeds are Race to Remember and The Boys and Girls Club in Vancouver. In the spirit of holiday giving, Energy Events will match every non perishable food item brought on race day and donate to Clark County Food Bank. If 500 participants each brought one can of food, 1,000 cans total would be donated to help those in our community who are hungry.
Race distances include a 12K, 5K and a kids “Kandy Kane” 1k fun run and race. The kids’ event has a later start time to ensure the other races are completed and families can cheer on their little runners.
The 12K starts first at 9:30am and the course map can be seen here. The course has a total assent of 114.5 ft and will run through part of downtown Vancouver before reaching Fort Vancouver just before the first mile. The course has some highway crossing via land bridge and has views of the Columbia River before passing near the start at mile 3. Those doing the 12K will continue to head west and turning back in the direction of Ether Short park just before the 5 mile mark.
The 5K starts at 10:00am and the course map is viewable here. Total assent for this course is 97.97 ft and will follow the same route as the 12K, with the exception of where the 12K will turn to continue on their course, the 5K runners will continue north on Columbia Street to the start/finish area.
The Kid’s fun run starts at 11:30am in two waves for children 8 years and younger.. The first wave will be little ones between the ages of 3-6 years old and need parent participation in the run. Wave 2 will start shortly after for ages 7-8 years old with no parent participation.
The 1K Kandy Kane race will also be in two waves but will not feature a wave for parents to run with their children. Wave 1 is for participants 5-6 years old and wave 2 for 7-12 year old runners.
Registration includes food/snacks, a professional race, long sleeve T shirt, goodie bag and an after party that promises to be fun and festive with music provided by DJ Paradox. Medals are available for the kids after their race and hot buttered run and hot chocolate will be at the finish line.
Another feature I have not seen at any other race venues in our area is a “kids zone” for parents/guardians (who are registered to run) to drop their children off to play and be cared for while thy run their race. Kid Zone opens at 8:30am and charges $10 for the first child and $5 or an additional child (up to 4 max children). Children must be between the ages of 3-10 years old and potty trained.
Come check out The Hot Buttered Run and enjoy the family atmosphere.
When: Sunday, Nov. 30th
Where: Esther Short Park
Time: 9:30am start time for 12K and 10am start time for 5K. Kids race will start at 11:30am
Registration: Click HERE for details on fees and online or mail in registration options.
Packet Pickup: Nov. 29th from 11am-3pm at Fit Right Vancouver (16020 SE Mill Plain Blvd #113 Vancouver, WA 98684) or on race day at 8am.