Note: I am invited to race with the team at Race to Remember in trade for some social media love. This will not change the fact that I do love this race.
Memorial Day brings a lot of family based traditions but at the root of Memorial Day is our chance to honor the sacrifice of our nations Military.
Race to Remember offers a chance for runners to come together to run to honor our nations heroes this Memorial Day by running and walking either on-site or virtually in a half-marathon, 10K, 5K or kids race.
The funds from this race go to Race to Remember, which was founded with the ultimate goal to raise funds to provide scholarships to local military families. They also go to PureKraze which is a local non-profit with the mission to provide homes to veteran families who are facing homelessness.
I have participated in this race for a couple years now, and I love the small community feel of this race. It really does end up being a group of friends that have come together to make a difference for a common cause. The race is well organized and supported by a group of dedicated volunteers.
The race follows the Vancouver Waterfront out to Beaches Restaurant. The 5K turns around right on at the foot of Columbia Way and comes back to the start line at the Vancouver Remembrance Wall. The 10K continues down Columbia Way before turning back. And the half marathon is a scenic loop of Vancouver. I have always been a fan of the Vancouver Waterfront Courses, they are basically flat, very scenic and enjoyable.
And remember. If you can not make it to the race, you can join them virtually.
I have met and heard many stories while doing my volunteer work with Honor Flight and The USO of our nations heroes and their sacrifices so this is something that hits close to home. Also I have seen first hand the efforts of Race to Remember to honor our nations heroes. It is something I am proud to be involved with and I am proud to represent the team and race on Memorial Day.
Disclaimer: I am invited to race for free in trade for a little assistance in promoting the races. Any opinions listed in here are that of my own as always.
We Race to Remember.
We Race to Honor.
We race to give back to those who have given so much to us.
I have been honored to be a part of the crew at Race to Remember for a couple years now. This organization led and founded by a friend; Claudia Cardenas works to honor local area Veterans through multiple outreach projects.
In her own words.
“Race to Remember” is the name of our nonprofit, formed in Vancouver Washington 2009 after our founder Claudia Cardenas lost her fiancé Jason Vinyard a 20yr Army Veteran serving at Ft. Vancouver at the time of his passing. “Race to Remember” mission is to support and honor our past and present military heroes. We host several events throughout the year including three races. During every event we host or participate in we remember and honor those who fought for our freedom. Outside of racing we organize military care packages; and engage with the community by coordinating such projects as “Soldier in the Classroom”, “Thank You Cards” and “Books for Soldiers”. Our immediate goal is to form partnerships with local business and other veteran organizations to help us best serve veterans in our communities. Our long term goal is to establish a college scholarship for the Fallen Heroes children and spouses.
The season for Race to Remember starts on May 19th, 2018 as Race to Remember will be hosting a race to kick off the Hazel Dell Armed Forces Day Parade. “The Hazel Dell Parade” always takes place on the 3rd Saturday of May which is Armed Forces Day. The Hazel Dell Parade started in 1964 and is presented by the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association. In 2017 the lineup featured more than 120 local business & organizations, including 28 middle and high school bands
This 2.2 mile race will kick the parade off, starting from NE 88th in Vancouver near Target, this race will follow the route of the parade. Runners and walkers are invited to participate.
Proceeds from this race will not only go to Race to Remember, but also Lift for the 22 which provides free gym memberships to our veterans to allow them an athletic outlet to heal and connect back into their community.
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Pull up an Appletini (Yes, if you are a wrestling fan you know what the reference is from)…..
When I sat down to write my “Why I Run” piece a couple weeks ago. I did not expect it to be so cathartic or therapeutic. I really just wanted to share the what got me started on this crazy journey.
And I see it in the evolution of my blogging. When I first started to share the racing journey (before I crashed the you know what out of this two years ago) I really was just talking about the battle with my weight and honestly all the luggage that I was carrying, and then it was how running changed me and I wanted to get faster, thinner and fitter, then we talked a lot of products and then it kind of circled back towards the things I have learned while being on this journey.
Just like running. I started this just to lose weight. Then I became (and okay still am a bit) a bling whore, and then the ambassadorships and using those as a chance to share my story. Now I am at a point that it has circled back to the point where I do it to try and help people like I was helped while exploring new places and challenges a long the way.
Its all about the evolution. Even though I hate change in general and have been trying to get in myself back in that comfort zone box lately (before you say anything, I will be the first one to admit I had a crisis of confidence again. Sometimes things just suck.) , seeing the words spill out on paper (or on computer, whatever suits your fancy) helped me realize that, you know what. Things are always changing. I am always being challenged. Even when I do not realize it.
Speaking of challenges. Someone I respect. (I shant say who) challenged me to get my trail shoes back on and see the world from the trails. It does not even need to be in a racing form, just a chance to see my running world through a different lense. Last week I spent a good two hours on the trails here in Portland and it was amazing. Its a workout without a workout.
I don’t know how to explain it. I am evolving professionally right now to. I defiantly feel like I am finding my voice as a social media manager. But I am also finding that I know where I can be better and trying to find ways to improve.
But real talk… Sometimes it still sucks.
Sometimes you get told no way too much.
Sometimes you just make stupid decisions.
Sometimes you get told you suck.
Sometimes you get told to get your ass back in line doing what people expect you to.