Race Preview: 2015 Hot Buttered Run 5k and Half Marathon (Vancouver)

Hot Buttered Run

The Hot Buttered Run in Vancouver is back for its 6th time this year with a new start/finish location at Ester Short Park and a new distance with a half marathon (instead of the unique 12k). Since I hold off on Christmas decorations until at least the day after Thanksgiving, having the option to run a Christmas themed race on the Sunday of the long weekend fits my holiday spirit perfectly. The races start and end at Ester Short Park in Vancouver, which offers plenty of street parking within a short walk of the park. The 5k course takes runners across the I-5 bridge towards Ft Vancouver's Officer's row, down the hill towards Pearson Airfield, past Ft Vancouver, and across the pedestrian bridge towards the Columbia River before crossing under I-5 and heading back into downtown Vancouver to the finish at Ester Short Park.

The half marathon starts at 9am, an hour before the 5k’s start. Runners will start out on the same course as the 5k participants, but at mile 3, instead of finishing at the park, runners keep heading west on Lower River Rd towards Vancouver Lake to the turnaround point at mile 8, then heading back into town and finishing at Ester Short Park. The course is mainly flat and rolling, except for a little hill at the very beginning and at mile 11.

After the conclusion of the adult races, there will be the Kandy Kane 1k kids run circling two city blocks, and the Kandy Kane Fun Run 1/2K, which is entirely run inside Ester Short Park. There will be Christmas music playing while you can choose your hot chocolate or hot buttered rum (for those of legal drinking age).

For additional details and up to date information, you can also follow the event on Facebook.

Hot Buttered Run details:
When: Sunday, November 29, 9am start
Where: Ester Short Park, Vancouver (map)
What:  half marathon, 5k, Kids Kandy Kane 1k
Registration: online here
Registration cost: Half marathon – $60; 5k – $40; either distance $18 for runners under 18 years old.
Registration includes: chip timed race, event shirt, post-race snacks, hot buttered rum
Packet Pickup: Saturday, Nov 28, 11am-2pm at Sports Authority, 8002 NE 6th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98665

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