Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half and Quarter Marathon
The Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half and Quarter Marathon is organized to honor and support those diagnosed with breast cancer. The annual event is an opportunity for women in the Portland and Vancouver, WA areas to do something good and help support an important cause.
Chocolate, toffee, beer, massages and firemen are all waiting at the finish line for you. And if you're worried about whether you can run the quarter or half marathon, don't worry, there are many participants that either walk or run it, or do a combination of both.
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 of 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.