- Race Name: Blooms to Brews Marathon, Four-Person Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, & 10K
- When: Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 | Where: Horsehoe Lake Park (Woodland, WA)
- Prize Drawing: The Blooms to Brews Marathon is giving away two free entries to the Gametiime community! Click here to win!
Are you interested in a flat, fast that features scenic views along the Columbia River, majestic country farmland, and acres of beautifully-colored tulips that lead to the final two miles of a crowd-cheering race finish? So are we! We had an opportunity to interview Elba Benzler of Get Bold Events about the Blooms to Brews Marathon, Four-Person Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, & 10K. Read more about this picturesque Boston Marathon qualifier and be sure to put your name in for a free entry when our drawing is announced soon!
Tell us about Blooms to Brews. What, when, and where is it? Blooms to Brews is a unique, spring race that features a marathon, four-person relay, half marathon, and 10K. All races will be on April 12th, with start times between 7:30am and 7:50am. It takes place in one of the most historic and scenic communities in Washington — the Woodland Bottoms farm country.
What can participants expect to see and do? Nature at its best! Participants will enjoy views of the mighty Columbia River, the North Fork of Lewis River, Horseshoe Lake, eagle nests and chinook salmon fisherman the river, and country farm land with tulip fields and lilacs in bloom. Still want more? Participants can also make a short jaunt — before or after the race — to see a number of other tourist spots nearby, including: Merwin Dam, Yale Reservoir, Mt. St Helens, and the Cedar Creek Grit Mill.
Your registration includes a wicking shirt, goodie bag, and Alameda beer, food, and a live DJ at the post-party. We also have finishers medals for all four runs!
What do you consider to be the best part about Blooms to Brews? The best part of Blooms to Brews is the course. It’s flat, fast, and beautiful. Coming out of Horseshoe Lake Park, marathon and relay runners will be in the city for two miles. They will pass, then cross over into beautiful country farm land. By mile five, runners will be on Dike Road, which follows the Columbia River. (Half marathoners will see much of this as well.) The run along Dike Road and the Columbia River will span ten miles before coming to the five-mile Veteran’s Loop, and then runners will continue under the railroad tracks bridge onto a gravel road. Along this the section of the race, road runners will see the Lewis River and eagle nests in the area before coming back onto pavement where they will see acres and acres of beautiful tulip from Holland America Bulb Farms. Once they pass the tulip fields, it’s two miles to the finish line!
How many participants do you expect for the race? We expect over 2,000 participants for this year’s event — pretty closely spread out races each of the four race distances we’ll be offering.
How long has the race been around? This is the third year of Blooms to Brews. The first two years, we only had our half marathon and 10K races. 2015 is the inaugural year of our marathon and four-person marathon relay races, and we couldn’t be more excited to add them to the event!
Does Blooms to Brews benefit any charitable organizations? Yes! Our race organization, Get Bold Events, is a non-profit 501(c)3 itself. We are also benefiting the Scott Hill Sports Complex in Woodland, WA. Proceeds will go towards the building of a sport complex for the kids, including brand new baseball and soccer fields.
Do you organize other events as well? Sure do! Get Bold Events also organizes three other events besides Blooms to Brews:
- Resolution Run – second weekend January in Battle Ground, WA
- Harvest Hay Half – third weekend of July in Battle Ground, WA
- North County Wine Run – second weekend of September in Ridgefield, WA
Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime community? Get Bold events staff members are endurance athletes just like you. Most of us are runners, and we’ve also been known to challenge ourselves with cycling events and triathlons as well! Case in point, we’re proud to mention that Karen King (one of the race directors) is taking on IronmanCanada the last week of July and we are all behind her in support.
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