If you’re looking to get in some miles before your next race and feel good about contributing to a cause, then point your car north to Vancouver, Washington for the annual Race for Warmth. Sponsored by Clark Public Utilities, every dollar of your registration fee is given to Operation Warm Heart which provides financial assistance to limited income families and those in crisis to help pay their electrical bills.
Runners and walkers have 5K and 10K options with routes snaking through beautiful Fort Vancouver and the waterfront area. The 5K route was recently changed to include the newly opened waterfront business area with parks and green space that will have you stopping to take pictures.
Here are some quotes from a previous event we participated in:
The race itself was beautiful and chilly with a few gusts of wind (especially along the Columbia). There were volunteers throughout the course with noise makers to offer cheers and support. The course is well marked with volunteers, but as a back-of-the-pack runner who was walking, I always had someone to follow.
The event is very well put together and organized with friendly and outgoing volunteers. I felt the race offered a lot of support with pre-race warm ups, plenty of porta potties, fun booths for family type fun and a great “after party”. It’s certainly one I’ll revisit (and work on improving my race time) and hope to see some more friendly faces in our running community there.
Stick around for the after party and enjoy snacks, warm soup and cold beer from local breweries.
2020 Race for Warmth (Vancouver, WA)
When: 10K Start: 9:00am; 5K Start: 9:15am; Free Kids Run Start: 8:30am
Where: Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way Vancouver, WA 98661
Cost: 10K Run: $30.00; 5K Run/Walk: $30.00; Race Day Registration: $40