That morning was a cold wintry day as expected for a race in early January. I met up with my running group, the Vancouver Run, Grub and Chug Club before the race for a couple of pictures before the race started. A couple of minutes after 10am they released the 10k runners, shortly followed by the 5k runners at 10:05 am. I believe the route changed a little bit this year and instead of starting out running south along SE Commerce Avenue we ran west along SE Rasmussen Blvd to Grace Avenue. Once on Grave Avenue we ran until we reach Eaton Blvd then continued west to SR 503. At mile 2 there was an aid station filled with friendly volunteers, water, and electrolyte drinks.
The course was an out and back so at approximately 3 miles we turned around before traveling on the same path back to Battle Ground village where the race started. The entire route was either on a sidewalk or a paved running path. The 5k race had a different route that was a loop back to the start. As we crossed the finish line I could hear my name called on the loudspeaker. I was greeted by volunteers passing out adorable medals featuring a clock symbol on the front. After receiving my medal and water bottle from the volunteers I waited for the rest of my running group to finish running. While waiting I watched the brave people do the Polar Bear slip and slide. It was so cold that day I have no idea how they did it – I am impressed!
At the finish line there were lots of vendor tents positioned around the area giving out samples of products and selling different running gear. Included in the race fee was a free beer by Northwood Public House Brewery and a free Pancake breakfast. I decided to get out of the cold and meet up with my running group at Northwood for some grubbing and chugging. Northwood had fantastic lunch and drinks and was a perfect meeting place for after the race.
1. Hunger Bennett-Dagget of Portland, 17:02
2. David Graham of Portland, 17:05
3. Joe Dudman of Portland, 17:17
1. Jeffrey Alberghini of Beaverton, 38:55
2. Tom Rogozinski of Astoria, 39:31
3. Gregorio Moreno of Battle Ground, 40:02
Full results can be found here.