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Race Preview: 2015 Blooms to Brews

Photo taken from race website

Over the past week, I have started and RE-started my preview on the 3rd Annual Blooms to Brews race because I just couldn't figure out what to start with! Do I open with the fact that this year's race has introduced its first FULL marathon, along with the already famous half marathon and 10k series? Or do I start with the two things that actual drew me instantly to this and beer? Hmm....

Since it appears I’ve already shared a hint of both aspects to you, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of each! According to the race website, “The Blooms to Brews Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and 10K Run/Walk benefits the Scott Hill Park and Sports Complex. The run takes place in one of the most historic communities in Washington State in the Woodland bottoms farm country and during Holland America Bulb Farm‘s Woodland Tulip Festival.” Ah yes! Tulips……

Who wants to know more about the inaugural marathon course? I DID! You won’t be disappointed. The Marathon course is one of the flattest and most scenic USATF certified marathons in the country and is a Boston qualifier. The actual race time begins at 7:30 am, and there’s a 7 hour course cut off time, since the roads are partially closed during the race. However, if you’ve been toying with the idea of doing a marathon, and have always wondered if you could qualify for the Boston Marathon, have been training for one but haven’t committed to one yet, PULL THE TRIGGER ALREADY AND GO FOR IT!

Not interested in qualifying for Boston? That’s ok! I have a feeling that the amazing country scenery, the large variety of birds (I hear the owls were told to leave the runners alone! *wink, wink*), the historic Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, the Veterans Loop which features double arches in honor of those who fought and gave their lives for the U.S., as well as the fields up on fields of Holland America Bulb Farm‘s colorful tulips will get you fired up to join the marathoner ranks!

Marathon elevation chart taken from race website

Not EXACTLY ready to take on a full marathon alone, but still want a little bragging rights? Grab a few of your friends and sign up now for the 4-person marathon relay!  Buses with trek your team to each relay connection point, so there’s no need to worry about providing your own transportation. Each runner will take a leg of 6.5 miles, which will give each of you the opportunity of experiencing different aspects of the course, and with so much beauty along the race, there’s plenty to share with great friends.

Each registered participate will receive a dri-fit shirt, goodie bag, and beer, food, and live DJ at the post-party, as well as finishers medals for all four runs. Awesome swag, flowers, beer, and a killer after party…what more could anyone want!

Date: April 12, 2014

Location: Horseshoe Lake Park  Woodland, WA 98674

Cost: Marathon- $110 thru 4/7, Half- $80 thru 4/7, 10k- $55 thru 4/7 , Relay- $210 per team thru 4/7


About Chere' Nicholas (35 Articles)
I'm an active person who loves the outdoors! Im married with two daughters, and have worked in healthcare for nearly 15 years.

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