Teresa, one of our bloggers, competed in the 2013 event and had this to say:
It started with a short out-and-back on Reiger Road, passing the park again around mile 3, which was convenient for spectators. We headed out to the Frenchman’s Bar area on smooth, flat pavement. With farms, the river and geese flying overhead I forgot we were so close to the city. From the Frenchman’s Bar turnaround we ran back to the park and finished with the short loop on Reiger which was better the second time, since we were a little closer to the finish line. The announcer was right- the course was easy to stay on, with a steady stream of runners to follow. Water stations seemed to be close to every 3 miles or so, which was perfect. There was more than enough of the wet stuff in the form of liquid sunshine, but fortunately it held off for most of the run. I love out-and-backs, without them, the winners and speedy runners would be long gone before I’m done. With an out-and-back I get to see more of the runners on the course.
This run didn’t have all the fluff that some bigger events include. I won’t deny that I LOVE going through all the swag, but you can’t have a cheap run AND get all the goodies. I was there to run 13.1 miles and maybe start a bit of a half marathon streak and didn’t even bother with a t-shirt.
For a smaller run, I was blown away with the ratio of super fast runners to us average runners. There was still a very supportive and friendly atmosphere with people chatting before the gun went off. It’s always inspiring to see all ages and levels out there running hard. There were men and women in all age brackets that definitely didn’t get to see the scenery like I did. They were hauling. Once again, inspiring and reminded me that age isn’t an excuse. A perfect ‘flat and fast’ run for the experienced runner looking for a personal record and also a great flat course for the first timer, it’s easy to see why Vancouver Lake Half Marathon fills so fast. Loved the run, loved the runners and love that I can check off one half marathon for 2013.
Vancouver Lake Half Marathon Details:
When: January 25th, 2014; 10am
Where: Vancouver Lake
Registration: Online here or print form here
Registration cost: $40 mail in; $36.50 online
Packet Pickup: Sat January 24, 9:30am-12:30pm; Day of race 8:30-9:45pm.
Event T-shirts: Available for purchase on race day ($20)