The Girlfriends have raised nearly $350,000 over the last 8 years! The 9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure is a Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause. We started this event to honor and support one of our BFFs, Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends! Watch for her - she'll be wearing #1! About half the gals run, half walk and many do a combination of running and walking. It doesn't matter how you get to the finish line, as long as you get there! :) So tell all your girlfriends, recruit & inspire them and together have fun and help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research, Care, Treatment & a Cure. This Half and Quarter Marathon walking and running event is designed specifically for women including awesome women’s technical shirts, cool medals, chocolate, massage and firemen waiting for you at the finish line! It's a fabulous Girl's weekend plus the more people who participate, the more money we can raise!
Event details and schedule
General Event Details:
Time: 9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.
Description: The Girlfriends Run for a Cure has raised nearly $350,000 over the last 8 years!
The 9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure is a Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.
We started this event to honor and support one of our BFFs, Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends! Watch for her - she'll be wearing #1!
About half the gals run, half walk and many do a combination of running and walking. It doesn't matter how you get to the finish line, as long as you get there! :)
Tell all your girlfriends about this event so you can all have fun together. Plus the more people who participate, the more money we can raise for Breast Cancer Research, Care & Treatment.
How do you describe your best girlfriend? You love to hang with her – no matter what you’re doing. You can tell her anything without judgment. She inspires you to do and be better. She lifts you up and empowers you. She helps you to see the bright side when you’re going through a tough time. You can laugh and cry and sometimes just do nothing with her. So who is your best girlfriend? Is it your mom, your sis, your daughter, someone you’ve known for years or someone you just met recently? One thing is consistent – it’s someone you connect with on a deep level, a soul sister. And bottom line - when girlfriends get together they can accomplish anything! There’s nothing better, more beautiful than a bunch of strong, powerful, passionate women on a mission! And that’s why collectively, as a group of determined gals, we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Plus when you cross the finish line, you can’t imagine how that positively impacts YOUR entire life. The sense of accomplishment you will feel is unbelievable and it will provide you with the strength and confidence to conquer anything in your life. So – “Go Girlfriend Go Girlfriend Go!”
Registration Pick-up: Please pick up your goody bags, bib #, shirts and chip pieces at our Vancouver Training studio (NW Personal Training, 1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660) at the Friday and Saturday time slots listed below. Plus it will give you the opportunity to scope out the start/finish area. 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 crazy on Sunday morning and it makes it easier on everyone, you included, if you take care of this on Friday or Saturday.
Friday October 9th from 12pm-7:00pm - If you live in the Vancouver area, we strongly encourage you to come on Friday which should offer shorter line-ups. If you live in Oregon, we suggest coming over on Friday before 3pm - later than that, traffic can be crazy trying to get over the bridge.
Saturday October 10th from 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: Northwest Personal Training
1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660
From I5 going South Take 1-5 to the City Center/Mill Plain/Port of Vancouver Exit #1C. Veer to the right at the bottom of the ramp. Get into the left lane safely but immediately. Turn left at Broadway. Northwest Personal Training is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11th and Evergreen/10th st). Parking is free on the weekends.
From Portland - 15 going North Take I-5 to City Center/6 th Street Exit #1B. Stay straight off the ramp which turns into "C" St. Turn left on Evergreen St. Go one block to Broadway. Northwest Personal Training is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11th and Evergreen/10th st.). Parking is free on the weekends.
From Highway 14 Take Highway 14 West to the City Center Exit. Stay straight which turns into "C" St. T Turn left on Evergreen St. Go one block to Broadway. Northwest Personal Training is located at 1011 Broadway (between 11th and Evergreen/10th st.). Parking is free on the weekends.
Cost: $65 before February 1st
$70 February 1st - May 31st
$75 June 1st - September 13th
$80 September 14th - October 10th
There will be no race day registration to ensure a smooth race start and for the sanity of our volunteers.
Cost Includes: A great price for a fun event, runner's shirt, necklace or medal, music, food & so much more!
Technical Women's Runner's t-shirt
Post-event food and drink
Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
Giving back to the Community - Priceless!
Notice: There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant on the waiting list - which will mean more donations to Susan G. Komen! This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry girlfriend, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.
If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.
If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at email@example.com to confirm this year's registration asap!
Susan G Komen for the Cure®
We have all either directly or indirectly been impacted by the effects of breast cancer. The proceeds of the Girlfriends Run for a Cure will go directly to the Oregon & SW Washington Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. They have given over $800 million dollars to over 2500 researchers around the globe and are the largest private funder for Breast Cancer research. The organizations' promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to curing breast cancer at every stage - from the causes to the cures, to the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.
The Girlfriends Run for a Cure will also benefit the Kearney Breast Center through the Pink Brigade program and the Children's Center through the Kids Mini Marathon.
Course Details:We believe this is one of the prettiest courses in the Northwest! We've designed the Quarter Marathon (6.55 mile) and Half Marathon (13.1 mile) courses 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, the Columbian Riverfront, Ester Short Park, Farmers Market and more. The course is mostly flat with a couple short hills near the end so save a little energy. As you're climbing those hills just remember 'that which does not kill you, only makes you stronger'! There will be a few lead cyclists and plenty of course marshals and signage to ensure you know exactly where you are going.
There are a few very important splits on the course that you will want to pay attention to. At about 2 miles, as you are exiting the Beaches parking lot, there will be signs and volunteers instructing you to go right if you are a Half Marathoner and go left if you are a Quarter Marathoner. Go the correct way based on how you have registered. There is another location on 5th Ave after you’ve come over the Confluence Bridge and are heading towards Pearson Airport and Grand Central Complex where Half Marathoners will be directed to go down a hill and Quarter Marathoners will be directed to stay straight. You don’t have to memorize this as there will be signage and volunteers instructing you however, you will need to pay attention and follow the instructions. Note, please don’t decide to change the event you registered for without officially letting us know or else it significantly affects result reports for everyone.
Post-event Girly Perks & Festivities on Sunday October 11th:
We’re going to work hard to make this event as women-friendly as possible. For example,
Enjoy chocolate, fudge, cupcakes and savory treats at the finish line
Dirty Hands Brewing Company is going to be serving soup and beer and wine samples! This will keep you going and get you to the finish line knowing what is awaiting you!
Be treated to a massage, chiropractic treatment, stretching session or acupuncture treatment after you conquer the event. Sit and relax and chat with other cool women like yourself after you finish – that’s what girlfriends do best!
Get an amazing finishers medal or necklace placed around your next by a FIREMAN!
Receive a beautiful women's (non-unisex) running shirt that will remind you of your accomplishment.
Awards & Celebrations: Every woman is a winner in our eyes! But to reward those gals who are speedy, kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with:
Awards Ceremony for the Quarter Marathon at 11:00am
• Trophies for Top Three Women Overall. Sorry, no age group awards for the Quarter Marathon.
Awards Ceremony for the Half Marathon at 11:30am
• Trophies for Top Three Women Overall
• Prizes for Top 3 Women in the Half Marathon in the following Age Groups:
19yrs & under, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70+ You get a winners’ ribbon just for showing up!!
Please stick around if you can for awards, door prizes and to see the last girlfriend finish and cheer her on.
Note: We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.
Volunteers: This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. Have them email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org if they can help out:
Cell Phone Number:
Any specific time constraints they have:
And remember, there's no way we could put on this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event. So be extra-nice to our course marshals, aid station helpers, Officers, Fire-fighters and 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! ?
Kids Events: Do you want to get your kids involved? Sign them up for the Kids Mini-Marathon and give them the sense of accomplishment as they cross the finish line too while raising money for the Children's Center
Time: Approximately 12:15pm
100% of the money the Kids Mini-Marathon raises will go to the Children’s Center, an incredible organization that helps kids who are dealing with some really tough stuff like physical, mental & sexual abuse, suicidal tendencies, divorce issues, and so many other issues that kids shouldn’t have to deal with.
Details: At 12:15 on race day, kids will complete 1.1 miles together. You can also have them complete a training log and collect pledges to have them raise more money for Children’s Center. They register as a participant, complete a training log and collect pledges (optional), and pick up their goody bag and race shirt at goody bag pick-up the Friday or Saturday before the event. Then they finish 1.1 miles together on Sunday October 11th, receive a medal as they cross the finish line and feel amazing knowing they’re doing an awesome thing for a lot of kids.