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Race Preview: 2016 Race For Warmth (Vancouver)

The 2nd annual Race For Warmth takes place on January 31st, 2016, and includes 5k and 10k runs and a 5k walk through Fort Vancouver and along the waterfront. The event is presented by Clark Public Utilities and is a fundraiser for their Operation Warm Heart, a program benefiting utility customers who need assistance paying their electric bills. Last year's inaugural race raised over $20,000 for Operation Warm Heart. The courses will be somewhat familiar to Clark County runners, with a jaunt through Fort Vancouver and over the land bridge. But unlike other races, the Race For Warmth starts and finishes in the Clark Public Utilities parking lot, allowing for a brisk downhill start.

At the river, 5k runners turn right, while 10k runners take a left for an out-and-back section along the waterfront and down Columbia Way. The last part of the course for both races weaves through the city streets of west downtown Vancouver, working it’s way over I-5, and back up the hill to the finish. Multiple aid stations will offer water and Gatorade.

The race costs $30, and includes a long-sleeved tech shirt, drawstring goodie bag, snacks, and an entry in the post-race raffle.

What: Race For Warmth

When: Sunday, January 31st

Where: Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

What time:

8:30a – Free Kids Run (ages 3 to 8)
9:00a – 5k Run/Walk; 10k Run

Registration: $30. Click HERE to register online. Shirt sizes guaranteed if registered by December 31st.

About Joe Dudman (243 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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