Runners walkers have fun on the run

first_img• What: Run through Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for an event that supports the Fort Vancouver National Trust.• Where: Starts and finishes at Fred Meyer Grand Central Shopping Center, 2500 Columbia House Blvd.• When: Race starts 7:45 a.m., March 2. Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.• Cost: $45 for 15K, $39 for 10K and 6K, $7 to $10 for kids fun run and 1K run. Includes goody bag, T-shirt and other items.• Information: Energy Events Fort vancouver RunMore spring and summer runs:March 22: March Muddy Madness, Northwest Personal Training event ticketsApril 13: Blooms to Brews Half Marathon & 10K, Blooms to Brews event page/May 3: Walk Run for the Animals, Humane Society for Southwest Washington run pageJune 1: Run Like a Girl, Second Step Housing run pageJune 13-15: The Vancouver USA Marathon, Half Marathon and Freedom 5K, vancouverusamarathon.comJune 21: Summer Solstice Amazing Urban Adventure Race, Northwest Personal training events ticketsJuly 4: Firecracker 4-miler, Fit Right NW event page/July 12: 20th annual Lyle’s Myles 5K Run and Walk, www.lylesmyles.com/July 20: Girlfriends and Dudes Triathlon, Girlfriends and Dudes event pageJuly 20: Harvest Hay Half-Marathon, Havest Hay event pageJuly 27: Lacamas Lake Half Marathon, Lacamas Lake event pageAug. 2: The Spartan Sprint, Spartan Sprint event pageAug. 9: Cosmo 7K, Energy Events information pageThere’s more to running these days than just the meditative rhythm of feet on track.With a host of events for runners all year long, the activity is more of a nexus for a budding social scene. And it’s never too late to join in, said leaders of Clark County’s running community.“Health and fitness is becoming a much bigger part of people’s lives,” said Elba Benzler of Get Bold Events in Battle Ground. “It’s fun. And going out for these runs is more of an event with entertainment. There’s music, vendors, T-shirts. You’re out with your friends, you feel this huge sense of accomplishment.”Several local runs end with food, music and sometimes a beer garden. They can be great places to meet new people while also focusing on fitness.“Many events also support local charities — so it’s really nice because you’re able to do something for the community while you do something for yourself,” Benzler said.last_img

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