Race Preview: 2017 Race for Warmth 5k (Vancouver)

It’s always nice to see a race giving back. Now in it’s 3rd year, the Race For Warmth has teamed up with Operation Warm Heart. This initiative has paid millions of dollars to assist local families with their winter bills. Every dollar of race registration goes directly to Operation Warm Heart – which has raised over $56,000 for local families in the first two year’s events.

I participated in the event last year with my kids and had this to say:

The race started and finished at the Clark Public Utilities, a nice location with a large parking for pre-race festivitihttps://player.vimeo.com/video/154351657es. We lucked out in the parking department, partly because some small parking spaces that had been missed, but mostly because we got there early (or what we thought was early). Bib pick-up was inside and a walk in the park. I’m sure it was crowded at times, but everything seemed to have a flow to it when we were there. There were complimentary drinks (coffee and hot chocolate), as well as fruit – both from local venders.

As I sat back on my drive home, I was so happy that I had been able to attend. My expectations were far exceeded, and I can be sure I will never underestimate Vancouver again!

Check out the course maps here. The 5k is a fun little jaunt down through Fort Vancouver State Park and finishing with a climb into downtown city streets. The 10k starts the same, but ends up heading east for a few miles before returning the start. 2016 say over 500 runners participate, so come ready for a fun and energetic time!

Race For Warmth (Vancouver)
When: Sunday, January 29th
8:30a – Free Kids Run (ages 3 to 8)
9:00a – 10k Run
9:15a – 5k Run/Walk

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

Register: Online here; $30($40 DOR); Includes long sleeved shirt, drawstring backpack, and free snacks and beer

About Matt Rasmussen (1576 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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