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SORRY, 2017 RUN CANCELLED. The Vancouver USA Marathon Festival is a weekend of RUNNING, BIKING, & BEER in downtown Vancouver at Esther Short Park. Vancouver USA Marathon or (VUM) is changing, moving and adapting. We have been ‘running’ on Father’s Day Weekend for 6 years. While we have had great … MORE
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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '16

    First off, the Vancouver USA marathon is run in CONJUNCTION with the local Beer Fest. The expo is relatively small, and is adjacent to the first day of the beer … MORE

    First off, the Vancouver USA marathon is run in CONJUNCTION with the local Beer Fest. The expo is relatively small, and is adjacent to the first day of the beer fest held in a beautiful park (outdoors) in downtown Vancouver. Pick up your race packet and sit down and enjoy a beer.
    Geographically, Vancouver is just a few short miles from Portland, so flying into Portland is the best way to get here. I live in Portland, so drove over 45 minutes before the race and found parking plentiful. If staying in Vancouver, there is a hotel (Hilton) across the street from the start and finish lines. Expensive, but convenient. There are others close by, so do your research to save money, or pay for the extra convenience. The expo is fairly small, mostly touting other local races, but there were a couple groups selling souvenirs.
    The course was quite nice. For the most part, you are running on paved trails, although you run on a road periodically. Safety was never an issue, as the roads were either closed off or blocked off for the safety of the runners. I never felt boxed in or crowded on the course. There were 400-500 marathon runners, and about 1500 half marathon runners. Marathon runners started at 7, with the half runners starting at 9, so you do see the half marathon runners, starting around mile 15. It never feels crowded though. If you hate being passed by “fresh” runners, you may not like this race, as the half runners race right on by the tired full marathoners. As I mentioned before, the race starts and stops in Esther Park. The beer fest is in full swing at the finish. All runners get 5 free glasses of beer (bring your ID for any age). It is one big party after the run and you are awarded with a large medal at the finish.
    This is a great race. The course is beautiful most of the way. There are a few hills at the end, especially at mile 20, but nothing overwhelming and a course that I truly believe will grow in the future.

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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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