5 Reasons to The Run Vancouver America Marathon & Half

Here is a list of 5 reasons to consider The Vancouver America Marathon & Half for your 2018 race calendar!

New race from some of the best in the business The Vancouver America Marathon & Half is being produced as a collaboration between EnMotive and RAM Racing - two running industry pros who’ve been doing big things in the running world for the last decade. You likely know RAM Racing from their signature series, the Hot Chocolate 15/5K series - famous for their expert race production, unmatched SWAG bags (Ahem, Competitor’s - Best Goodie Bag, Runner’s World – Top Race, Goodie Bag and Medal, and landing six races on The BibRave 100 top races in America), and huge party atmosphere with the best chocolate.

SWAG? Chocolate? Running? Party? I know - it’s like they assembled most amazing to-do list E.V.E.R.

The EnMotive division brings best-in-class live chip timing and runner tracking technology, complete with instant photos and intuitive social sharing options.

The city of Vancouver, WA selected RAM/EnMotive to put on a professional, dependable, and memorable race in an effort to bolster the local running community. RAM Racing and EnMotive have been producing some of the best races in the country for over a decade, so runners and racers in Vancouver are in good hands!

Pacific Northwest in the spring. Seriously. Not sure if you’ve ever been to the Pacific Northwest in spring/summer, but if you had you probably wouldn’t want or need three more reasons after this one. Picture sunny skies, warm but not hot temps, green everything/everywhere, local fruit and other produce, beer patios, wine tasting (WA and OR wines are some of the best in the world), waterfalls, hiking, and the Pacific ocean about 90 miles away. There is just about everything an outdoors person could ever want to do, so if you’re looking to use racing as an excuse to plan a racecation, June in Washington state will check most if not all of your boxes. And see what we did there? We basically wrote an email you can copy/paste to send to your Best Runner Friend to get them on board!

And speaking of the 50 states… If you’re an aspiring 50 States Marathon Club or a 50 States Half Marathon Club member, this is a great way to cross one more state from the upper left US off your list. The Vancouver America Marathon & Half offer both Half and Full distances, plus there’s a Teach One to Lead One® Race for the Kids 5K Run/Walk and a 1/2 mile kids dash, where all kids run/walk/dash for FREE! Race for the Kids supports Teach One to Lead One®, a community mentoring program working with at-risk youth.

Nab that BQ! If you’re looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon, The Vancouver America Marathon is definitely a BQ race. The event offers a 26.2 mile USATF certified and Boston Marathon qualifier course, and the scenic route takes runners through the banks of the Columbia River, through the streets of the Vancouver and the historic region of Ft. Vancouver National Park, and ends with a post-race celebration at Esther Short Park.

Support the local running community Whether you’d be traveling for the race or if you’re a Vancouver local, running The Vancouver America Marathon & Half is a great way to keep the running tradition strong and vibrant in the heart of running country. With Nike’s world headquarters just a few miles away, plus Adidas’ North American HQ and Under Armour’s design facilities both in neighboring Portland, running is a big deal in the area and we want to keep it that way. We’d love if you could join us to enjoy and support the best running community around!