Small Washington Race Previews: 2019 Annual Walk/Run for the Animals (Vancouver, WA) & Run the Path 5k (Longview)

I’ve always had a soft spot for organizations that benefit animals, and since we adopted our beloved mutt from the Humane Society 7 years ago, I can stand behind the 2019 Walk/Run for the Animals race on May 4th at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. This race helps the Humane Society in Southwest Washington  and you can walk the 3 mile route or run the 5k. Both are dog and kid-friendly events, so bring your pooch or your family along for some family fun and exercise.

This race also has a fundraiser you can participate in for some fun prizes and again will support the cause.

The event begins at 9:00AM with the runners taking off first, followed shortly by the walkers. Walkers will be released in waves to avoid too much congestion. There will be aid stations along the way. The walking option is a 3 mile out-and-back course where participants will walk abong the Clumbia River on a separate route from the runners. The 5k run, one of the only NW chip-timed runs that’s dog-friendly,  will go through historic Vancouver. There will be finishing prizes and a medal for runners.

There will be awards for the run, (including fastest dog and fastest runner under 13 years old as well as the more traditional awards) and awards for the Fundraising teams also. After the awards, stick around for the party in the park!

The price increases at the end of the month and again on race day.


What: 2019 Walk/Run for the Animals

When: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 9:00AM

Where: Esther Short Park & Playground, Esther Street, Vancouver, WA

Cost: $45 for the walk, $50 for the run, kids under 12 are free. Price increases after April 30th.

Register: Here

The 12th annual Run the Path 5k event is also on May 4th this year and it takes place in Longview, WA. This is both a run and walk that raises money for behavioral health awareness just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month.

The 3.6 mile course will occur at Lake Sacajawea and is organized by Columbia Wellness. After you’ve completed the race, which you can either run or walk, hang out for awhile to check out the booths that support health and wellness awareness. There will also be raffles and giveaways in addition to a prize for first place.

This race is a free event and there will be race t-shirts and swag bags to those who register in advance. Go sign up now and get it on your calendar.


What: 2019 Run the Path

When: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Where: Hemlock Plaza at Lake Sacajawea, Longview, WA

Cost: Free

Register: Here 

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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