Race Preview: Freedom 5K (part of Vancouver Marathon weekend)

It's June, which means that Energy Events' big weekend race-party is just around the corner. Matt Rasmussen has already previewed the Vancouver USA half-marathon, and there's also a full marathon that day, too. But for those of you who prefer shorter distances, or just feel the need for speed, there's a 5K option that takes place the day before the longer races.

Want to sleep in a bit? No problem. Unlike the marathon, which starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, or the half-marathon, which starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, the Freedom 5K doesn’t get underway until 10 a.m.! In other words, you get more sleep, you run fast, and you can take part in the partying (i.e., Brewfest) beginning at noon.

I ran this race last year. The 5K course is pretty fast (especially last year, when it came out to about 2.9 miles because a turnaround cone didn’t get placed as far as it should have been), with a short, steep rise getting out of the starting gate, and then mostly a downhill slope from there to the end (with a brief ascent getting over the highway). There’s a stretch in the last mile that parallels the Columbia River and should offer a great view of Oregon.

As is typical for Energy Events’ races, you get chip-timing, race shirt, and entry to the post-race party.

Freedom 5K

When: June 20, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Where: Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA

Register: Online here for $40 (only $18 for minors).

About Tung Yin (278 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.
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