Race Preview: 2015 Girlfriends Run for a Cure Races October 11th

The Girlfriends Run for a Cure is back for its 9th year and each year it just keeps getting better. Previously named the Girlfriends Half Marathon, this Vancouver event has raised close to $350,000 to fight breast cancer. It started to honor Joleen Skarberg, a breast cancer survivor and has evolved into must-do event for ladies in the surrounding Portland area. Girlfriends Run for a Cure is one of my all-time favorite events. I like that it’s all women, that there are all shapes and sizes out there having a good time and every fitness level is encouraged to come out. Some ladies run the course, some walk the course, but everyone is out there genuinely enjoying girl time.

The race will be held on Sunday, October 11th at 1011 Broadway Street in Vancouver. Ladies can choose from a Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) or a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and there’s even a Kids Mini Marathon. The run starts at 9am and there’s usually a fun group warm-up to get everyone warmed up and in the spirit.  All participants receive a technical shirt, finisher’s gift and post-race food, drinks and festivities. Firefighters are at the finish line to congratulate everyone and pass out the finisher’s gift. It’s always a fun surprise to see what that gift is going to be, no traditional medals with this one. The gifts are unique and usually practical, which I love.

Girlfriends Run for a Cure

While this is a run for ladies, there will be some guys along the course. A limited number of men run as the Pink Brigade for the Girlfriends Run for a Cure and they have to raise some serious money to earn that spot. They are impossible to miss along the course, usually donning a tutu, wig or something funky that makes them stand out. The course itself is pretty and, best of all, flat. Participants get an up close view of the Farmer’s Market, Columbia River and Fort Vancouver. There’s something to look at the entire 13.1 miles and plenty of aid stations along the way.

Besides the firefighters waiting at the finish line, there will be other goodies as well. Dirty Hands Brewing Company will provide soup and beer/wine samples for the over 21 crowd. There will be chocolate, fudge and cupcakes at the finish line and massages are available. Register and lace up to help women with breast cancer. Get a group of friends together or come out and make some new ones. Day of registration is not available, so register online by October 10th. The Quarter Marathon and Half Marathon are $80 for girlfriends and $500 for the Pink Brigade. The Kids Mini Marathon is $30. This event is truly special and I think every woman needs to run/walk it at least once. Make sure to look for Bib #1, and give her a special shout out, since she’s the reason this event started in the first place.

9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure

Quarter Marathon/Half Marathon

Sunday, October 11th

1011 Broadway Street in Vancouver

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