APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K
09/15/2018 @ Check schedule for various event start times - 09/16/2018
This Run Through History will take you on a flat, fast and scenic Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K course through Fort Vancouver, Officers Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. There is so much to see that the miles will fly by!
You're going to love running through Historical Vancouver USA
General Event Details:
09/15/2018 @ Check schedule for various event start times - 09/16/2018
Run through History at the APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K
Join us for the Inaugural APPLETREE Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K. This "Run Through History" will take you on a flat, fast and scenic course through Fort Vancouver, Officer's Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the magestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. There's so much to see that the miles will fly by!
This Inaugural event will quickly be regarded as one of the prettiest and most unique courses in the Northwest and perhaps the USA! When do you get to experience a history lesson during your race?!
The quaint community of Vancouver WA will welcome you and your family with open arms and provide you with a racing experience that you just can't get anywhere else. The volunteer support is off the charts and the energy along the course will make it an enjoyable experience that you will want to return to year after year.
The Marathon will be a 2-Loop, spectator-friendly, flat & fast Boston Qualifying course highlighting the beauty of this community and offer an exciting racing experience with energetic water stations EVERY mile and plenty of entertainment to keep you engaged. The Half Marathon will offer the same experience with the joy of knowing you get to start the party a little earlier than your Marathon counterparts!
The Sunset 5K will offer a shorter distance for our friends, family and others in the community who would like the opportunity to enjoy the racing experience. It will also allow for a Pre-race shake-down for our Marathon and Half Marathon athletes and the opportunity for them to earn the coveted BEAST medal for an athlete who races both Saturday and Sunday.
Since Vancouver WA is right across the river from Portland OR, you are within a 20 minute drive to the PDX International Airport and minutes away from the big city.
WHY APPLETREE? Vanouver WA is known for it's history including the Old Apple Tree Park, home of the Oldest Apple Tree in the Northwest and maybe even the entire Pacific West Coast. The APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marthon & 5K will celebrate all this history, capture the beauty of the Northwest and create a theme of all things 'APPLE'.
Click here to learn more about the Old Apple Tree.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday September 15th
6:00pm - 5K Sunset Run
Sunday September 16th
7:00am - Marathon start
8:00am - Half Marathon start
Event Highlights & Post-Event Festivities:
Boston Qualifying Marathon Course
Extremely Scenic courses highlighting the history of the community, the Columbia River and views of majestic Mt. Hood
A "Run through History"
Flat & Fast Courses - A great opportunity for a PR and to qualify for the Boston Marathon
One Loop for the Half Marathon / 2 Loops for the Marathon
Marathon Relay option - Not everyone can do a Marathon but you can with a BUDDY!
5K Sunset Run
BEAST Medal for those who race Saturday & Sunday
Post Event Meal & Party
All things APPLE - Apple Pie, Apple Cider, Apple Bling...Apple, Apple, Apple!
FREE Beer courtesy of Deschutes Brewery
NO long, boring section through the Industrial region towards Frenchmans Bar!
No Train Track delays!
The APPLETREE MARATHON will either be your last opportunity in the USA to qualify for BOSTON 2019 or your first opportunity to qualify for BOSTON 2020
Incredible race support with water stations and entertainment EVERY mile
Technical Runner's t-shirt
Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
Plus - Remember that "An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away!"
Here's some Historical Information about the area for all you History Buffs.
PHOTO CREDITS: VISIT VANCOUVER USA
Esther Short Park 605 Esther St, Vancouver, WA 98660
Note: We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.
If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards. You must choose one or the other.
By Dec 31
Jan 1 – July 31
Aug 1- Sept 19
Kids 17 & under
Adults = 18+ years; Kids = 17 years and younger
Kids 3 and younger are FREE for the 5K but do not receive a t-shirt
Cost Includes: A great price for a fun event, runner's shirt, cool medal, CHIP Timing, music, food, beer & so much more!
• Technical runner's t-shirt • Finisher's medal • Post-event meal & FREE Beer courtesy of Deschutes Brewery • Post-event festivities & expo • Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good! • Giving back to the Community - Priceless!
Shirts guaranteed only to those participants that have registered a month before race day. Quantities/sizes limited for those registering after that date. There will be no post-race shirt orders.
What to do to be Prepared:
Be sure to train so you can be in the best shape of your life and cross the finish line. There are numerous local clubs and clinics to help ensure you get to the finish line! Call us at 360.574.7292 for more details or check the link to Training Programs.
What to Bring:
Bring the obvious - running/walking shoes & gear, your bib number, etc. Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. Fortunately, if you're dressed correctly, it shouldn't matter. If it's raining, you may want to layer with a water-proof running jacket. If it's cold, wear some running gloves. Vaseline is always a good idea on any spots that might rub (underarms, under the 'girls' aka breast area, inner thighs, feet). Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket which also includes your disposeable chip timing piece. And watch for the cameras en route and give us a big cheesy smile! Photos are FREE so give us your best post and make this race photo your profile shot!
Plus remember to bring a warm, clean change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities.
As a reminder, if your family is going to be cheering you along en route, remind them to bring cowbells, music, fun signs and pom poms to help keep your energy up along the course. Drop subtle hints to your family and loved ones about how much you’d love for them to have flowers for you at the finish line.
Contact Me About This Event:
Click here if you would like us to contact you regarding general event information or registration, if applicable.
MARATHON RELAY - Not everyone can run a marathon but you can with a buddy! The 2 loop course makes it really conducive to offering this option! Plus, it will be a fun, bonding way to participate in the Inaugural year. It works like this...Choose a buddy and each of you does one loop of the Half Marathon. Decide who goes first and who goes second. There will be a Relay Corral where the 2nd athlete will meet the 1st athlete once they have completed their Half Marathon. They tag and then the 2nd athlete will begin their Half Marathon loop. First athlete will wait at the finish line and both athletes should cross the finish line together to collect their medals and celebrate their accomplishment.Sorry, this does not count towards a Boston Qualifying time!
We believe this is one of the prettiest courses in the Northwest! We've designed the Marathon & Half Marathon course to take you through some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver and it really highlights our wonderful community including historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, Army Barracks, Pearson Airport, the Columbian Riverfront, Marine Park, Wintler Park, Ester Short Park, Farmers Market and of course, the Oldest Apple Tree in the Northwest. The course is mostly flat with a couple short hills.
Check out some of the course highlights:
Stay Tuned for Official Course Maps.
Giving Back Feels to Good!
Note different Packet Pickup Locations and Times. Remember your ID.
Friday September 14th from 11am-7pm FleetFeet Vancouver 16020 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 113 Vancouver, WA 98684 (360) 885 4556
Saturday September 15th from Noon-5pm At Esther Short Park - Start/Finish line area
Please pick up your goody bags, bib #, and shirt at the Friday and Saturday time slots listed above. Note, we do not have packet pick-up scheduled for Sunday but if it is absolutely impossible for you to pick up on Friday or Saturday we will accommodate you. It's always so busy on Sunday morning and it makes it easier on everyone, you included, if you take care of this on Friday or Saturday.
Travel & Accommodations:
There is so much to do in our beautiful city of Vancouver WA. Make it a full weekend and enjoy so much of what our city and the surrounding area has to offer.
View the following video for a glimpse of all there is to do in Vancouver WA. Plus Portland OR is literally right across the river so come for the weekend or stay a week or more and soak it all in!
For our out of town guests, if you are flying, you will need to schedule your flight arriving into Portland Oregon. The event start and finish and local hotels are a 20 minute cab ride from the airport.
Hilton Vancouver WA - Located right at the Start/Finish line. Wake up, roll out of bed, walk out the hotel and you are at the Start/Finish line. 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver WA 98660 360-993-4500 Hilton Vancouver WA Website
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver/Portland -Located along the course on the waterfront and very easy to get to the start/finish. Tell them that you are participating in the APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K and you will get 10% off!
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd Vancouver WA 98661 360-750-1100 1-800-Call Home www.vancouverportland.homewoodsuites.com
Here's a list of great local restaurants to help you carb up on Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to make reservations early!
General Running Program Design: If you are going to attempt this on your own or would like a better understanding of proper training protocol, here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program.
If you are not running consistently right now, start with a Learn to Run program that will start with 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking and gradually progress adding 1 minute of running per session per week and reduce walking until you can comfortably run non-stop.
As you progress your weekly long runs, do not increase your volume any more than 10-20% every 1-2 weeks. Be more conservative if you are more prone to injury.
Try not to run 2 days in a row if possible. Running exposes your body to a lot of impact and it is helpful to allow your body time to recover in between running workouts, especially if you are prone to injury.
Allow for one full recovery day per week. It doesn’t mean you have to lay around watching TV and eating bon bons all day but it’s a good idea to have one day a week when you aren’t concerned about getting into your training zone and instead, allow your body a day’s rest from impact and intensity.
If possible, run on packed, level dirt, trails, or grass, which are a lot easier on your body. If running through the city, paved roads (asphalt) are easier on your legs than concrete sidewalks (cement). Just watch for traffic and always run in the opposite direction of cars so you can react if needed.
Implement muscle strength and endurance training into your program. As you run, the muscles of your lower body absorb the forces. As your muscles fatigue, they lose their shock absorbing abilities and the forces are absorbed more through your bones and joints. If you strength train, your muscles become stronger, are better able to absorb impact, take longer to fatigue and are better able to generate greater force leading to faster running speeds. The ability of a muscle to resist fatigue helps reduce the incidence of injury. Research has shown the areas that suffer the largest amount of stress include the feet, the shins, the back, knees and the hip. Therefore, a specific program that addresses these areas must be followed if long-term running is a goal. Luckily you don't need to spend a great deal of time in the weight room to experience these benefits. All you'll need to do is 1 set of 8-20 reps of a variety of exercises two times per week. This equates to about 30-60 minutes a few times a week. We're hoping that those of you who want to minimize your risk for injury and enhance your running performance, will be able to find the motivation and time to fit these short workouts in. If you do not have a personalized weight training program, we strongly encourage you to invest in a few sessions with a trainer, so they can design a program for you. This will ensure you’re not wasting any time during your workouts.
Incorporate cross training into your program. We'd rather see a runner run 3x/week and compliment their program with swimming, cycling, resistance training and fitness classes rather than run 6x/week. Cross training will maintain a greater balance to your program and your body and keep your program exciting.
Consider how you run. Seems easy enough right? Right foot, left foot. But there is actually a science to it. Go to the following link for a blog about Effective Running Technique. http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/09/29/running-program-week-8/ In fact, there is an 11 week Running Program series chock full of great information for those of you who are starting your running career! 🙂
Before you begin any run or run/walk workout, start with a 6-12 minute walk. This will allow your heart rate and breathing rate to increase gradually, your body temperature to rise and prepare your muscles for the workout. Once you've completed your warm-up, complete the following dynamic joint movements to take your lower body joints through their full range of motion in a slow, controlled fashion.
Start with one leg in front of the other.
Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf. Repeat 10-15x.
Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock). Repeat 10-15x
Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
Now hold your knee up and balance while doing 10 ankle circles one way and then the other way. Repeat this sequence on the other leg. Then perform a 20 fast toe taps on each leg and 20 heel raises. You're now ready to start your workout. Ease into your training zone.
Once you have completed each workout including warm-up and cool-down, be sure you save enough time to lengthen and release. This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing injuries and to aid in the recovery process. If you don’t foam roll regularly, please call us at 360.574.7292 so we can schedule you in to show you a few critical release techniques.
Tapering: At about 1-2 weeks from race day, it's time to back off on your training mileage to allow your body enough time to recover and repair before event day. Focus more on quality versus quantity. This is more important for the longer distances.
Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During & After the event:
Eat well the week before the event. Drink lots of water to ensure you're well hydrated and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Dinner on Friday and Saturday night should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. For example, a chicken/tofu and vegetable pasta with half marinara/cream is a nice option. Or a Vegetable, Meat/Tofu stir-fry with brown rice is a good option. If you know a certain meal has worked in the past, stick with it! And get plenty of rest!
On Sunday morning, your pre-race meal should contain easily digestible carbohydrates (ie. bread, cereal, bagel, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
During the event, take water at each of the aid stations - approximately every 2 miles on course. Even just a few sips will help. When you take your water cup, try squeezing the top of your cup together to create a narrow opening, so as you drink, you don't inhale and choke on too much water. If you feel you may require more water or fuel than this, please be sure to carry it with you. Some runners/walkers like to have a little bit of sugar for a longer race- we'll have PowerBar Gels and Fluid Replacement Drink at all the aid stations to give you that last little push to the finish.
Post event - Congratulations! Be sure to get some fluids - especially the energy drink with electrolytes - into your system right away. Definitely consume some of the fruit and energy bars that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. This will help you recover much more quickly and replenish those depleted carbs in your muscles. Then later in the day - eat what you want (within reason). You deserve it! 🙂
Race Day Mental Prep: Have Fun! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how well you feel and how excited you are about the event. Smile and get yourself in a good frame of mind. Remember to enjoy the experience. Try your best but remember to pace yourself! You've already won just by showing up!
Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet? Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete? All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled "Registration & Packet Pickup". If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are headsets, earbuds or any type of personal music device allowed in this race? We prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running. To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate. • If you chose to use a personal music device, we ask that you always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud should be used at any time. • We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.
Will you offer a Bag Check: Yes! If you would like to leave items at the start/finish area, we will provide a Bag-check location. We ask that you place your belongings in a bag with your first and last name and Bib # clearly taped to the outside of the bag so we can easily identify your bag. We will ask you to show your Bib # when you pick up your bag at the finish. Please understand that we can't be responsible for your valuables so anything of value, please lock in your car.
Can I switch my t-shirt size? Getting the shirt sizes accurate for all different body shapes and sizes is extremely difficult! Sometimes shirts run small and sometimes they run big but we often don’t know that until we have them in our hands. If the size of the 'shirt' you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a 'Shirt' swap area at the Packet Pick up tent after the race. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap but will do our best to accommodate your need.
Can I use roller blades, a bike or skateboard? Unfortunately, for liability reasons, no bikes, skateboards or rollerblades are allowed.
Will you offer Awards for Walkers-only? We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.
How many porta-potties will you have at the start/finish area?
We've ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish!
How many porta-potties will be on the Course? We will provide a porta potty opportunity at each water station.
Where should my family go to cheer me along? Good spots for your loved ones are:
Fort Vancouver Area
Beaches - Marathon/Half Marathon
Marine Park - Marathon/Half Marathon
Wintler Park - Marathon/Half Marathon
And of course, the finish line at Esther Short Park
Just remind them to be careful if they are going to drive along the course to cheer you on at various locations. And also remind them to make awesome signs for you, bring their cowbells to help keep your energy up and flowers for the finish line!
Are Dogs allowed on course? Unfortunately due to insurance requirements, only Service Dogs are allowed on course and must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started.
Are strollers allowed on course? Yes, but due to insurance requirements, strollers must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started. With that said, a Half and Full Marathon for the kiddos might be a little much especially if the weather is poor. Unless you don’t mind hearing “Mom/Dad, How much longer?” for many hours. Plus it might be a little dangerous for your fellow walkers and runners to try to maneuver around you because some of the areas overlap and the intersections can be a little tight! But if you want to run with a stroller, you can do the 5K course but just start at the very end to help make sure you don’t run into anyone. Your time won’t start until you pass over the timing mat so it won’t affect your race time too much.
This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!
In addition, our events offer a terrific fundraising opportunity for a club/organization (non-profit) and a fun, inspiring way to encourage and support the athletes that participate in these events. Under our fundraising program, $20-$25 will be paid to the non-profit organization for each volunteer 4-6+hour shift depending on our needs. All the volunteers will also get a snack, gift, goody bag and be able to enjoy the post-race festivities.
This event will require a few hundred volunteers for tasks such as water stations, course marshals, food prep, finish line, set up and clean up.
If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please sign up immediately at this VOLUNTEER SIGNUP LINK.
Volunteer assignments and fundraising capacity is first come, first serve. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions or complete the info below and we will get back to you soon.
And remember, there's no way we could host this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event to assure the safety of our athletes and make the event more enjoyable. So be extra-nice to anyone helping out. Thank them as often as possible because we have been told we have the best volunteers ever and we want them to all come back next year!
Most kids will enjoy the Sunset 5K run/walk and we are offering discounted rates for the youngsters.
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