As part of Fort Vancouvers annual Veterans Parade, Race to Remember will be hosting their annual 5K and 11K race to help honor the those who have fought for our freedoms.
The parade is in its 30th year. The parade route is around the Fort Vancouver National Site. The parade begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street. The route continues west along Evergreen Blvd, down Fort Vancouver Way, east on 5th street, ending past the Pearson Air Museum. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks and grass areas all along the parade route. It will feature more then 120 entries and 2,500 participants.
The race itself offers a 5K and 11k distance and will start on the parade route and then takes the land bridge before heading for the Columbia River (for those who know the area, yes this means you will be going down the infamous land bridge hill, but you will also be going up it as it is an up and back course). The 5K turns around on the waterfront while the 11K goes out to the industrial area before turning around and coming back to the water. Anyone who has ran courses in Vancouver will attest that these are amazing courses.
From Race to the Remember’s website: Race to Remember is a military nonprofit “Race to Remember” is the name of our nonprofit. Race to Remember was founded in 2009 after our founder unexpectedly lost her fiancé Jason Vinyard a 20 year Veteran serving at Ft Vancouver Base. The purpose of our organization is to make sure that our communities Never Forget the sacrifice that our brave men and women of the military made to protect our Freedom. We currently organize three races, Race to Remember for Veterans Day and Race to Remember for Memorial Day and United We Stand for 9/11. In addition to racing we organize and participate in other events that honor and support our Veterans e.g. military care package drives, Honor Flight flag escorts, veteran moving assistance, as well as providing opportunities for our local youth to better understand the true meaning behind the Veteran Day Holiday. Our ultimate goal is to build partnership with other organizations in our communities and throughout the nation to help us honor and support our past and present Military Heroes as well one day provide a scholarship to the children of the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
I have had the pleasure of working with Race to Remember on several projects. I am excited that this will be my first race for them.
You can find out more about the race here: Veterans Day Race: Race to Remember