Running for Inclusivity and Charity

Inclusivity and Charitable Giving Through Running-Vancouver America Marathon

One of the best things about running is how diverse the sport is. The sport’s low barrier to entry allows for people of all income levels, speeds, body types, genders, cultures, and creeds to compete side-by-side and enjoy all of the health benefits that come with running 3 or 26.2 miles.

Come one, come all! In a nod to that inclusion, the Vancouver America Marathon & Half has created beautiful, USATF certified (and in the case of the Marathon, Boston Marathon qualifier) race courses with generous cut-off times. The Marathon course takes runners near the banks of the Columbia River, through the streets of the Vancouver and historic Ft. Vancouver National Park, and on to nearly 4 miles along the stunning Columbia River waterfront paths. The Marathon course is open until 2pm, allowing runners 7 hours to complete the race with full medical, volunteer, flagger, and police support. After 7 hours, runners will be instructed to follow the normal rules of the road as the streets will be open to the public.

Not only does the Marathon course support runners of all speeds, but it provides plenty of scenery and support to keep runners entertained (and supported) the whole way!

While The Vancouver America Half Marathon course was made for fast times, the course is still open with full support for 3.5 hours (after which, runners will be instructed to follow the normal rules of the road). The 13.1 mile USATF certified route also begins on Columbia Way, winds through the streets of the city and historic Ft. Vancouver National Park, and finishing with killer views of the Columbia River. The finish line party in Esther Short Park will welcome all runners to celebrate their awesome achievements.

Giving Back The Vancouver America Marathon & Half have embraced another part of what makes running so special - our desire to give back and support those in need. The race has partnered with two amazing organizations to harness the power of running and use that energy as a force for good. Teach One to Lead One® is an organization dedicated to transforming at-risk kids into responsible citizens, building leadership behavior through training and enforcing principles of good citizenship. Teach One to Lead One® delivers programs, materials, and personnel that equip young people to build lives of integrity, create positive relationships, stand strong in healthy habits, and multiply their influence among their peers.

Few sports or pastimes are more empowering than running, so it makes perfect sense to incorporate a charitable organization that helps turn at-risk kids into strong, self-sufficient leaders and members of society. And to that end, Vancouver America Marathon & Half have added the Teach One to Lead One® Race for the Kids on Saturday morning at Esther Short Park. This family-friendly event includes a 5K Run/Walk and a 1/2 mile kids dash - and all kids run/walk/dash for FREE!

We’d love to see you out at the Vancouver America Marathon & Half on June 3, 2018. Whether you’re chasing views or BQs, aiming to improve your PR or the lives of others, this family friendly race provides something for ALL runners. We hope to see you out on the streets of beautiful and historic Vancouver, WA!