Whether you are lucky enough to live near a beach or you have the opportunity to travel to one, running on the sand provides a soft running surface with a view.
Take a vacation for your health! Nowadays its all about living an active lifestyle and enjoying the beauty all around us. With a breathtaking 28-mile stretch of ocean beach, it is no wonder that Peninsulites love to run and host a multitude of races. From fun-runs, and Relay for Life, to half marathons, duathlons and sprint triathlons! Who wouldn’t like to run along our soft rolling hills, steep inclines, and refreshing beach trails? The views alone make you feel as if you have won the race!
Check out some of the great runs!
Walk or run a 5k or 10K on our beautiful white sand beach with ocean waves breaking just a few yards away. Work up an appetite with the race of your choice, then get ready to enjoy delicious clam chowder with your friends and family and enjoy all that the Peninsula has to offer. June 22, 2013
Run or walk the 2nd Annual Firecracker 5K. The race starts at the Port of Ilwaco and is notable for being as challenging as it is beautiful! The trail climbs up to the Cape Disappointment headlands on the south end of the Discovery Trail and back. Perfect for those who love to sprint up and fly down steep hills. July 6, 2013
The Domestic Violence Awareness Project 5k run/walk course is on the beach at the Bolstad approach. This is a memorial race that was created to raise awareness of domestic violence and funds to help victims and survivors. August 3, 2013
Follow the footsteps of Lewis & Clark on the Discovery Trail Half Marathon through the contours of the beautiful sand dunes with ocean waves breaking nearby. There are eight age divisions and many prizes. Refreshments will be available at the finish line. This is a certified and chip timed course. September 14, 2013
Relay for Life is a fun overnight event and national fundraiser for the fight against cancer. Teams of 8-15 gather with camping gear to participate in the unique and inspiring fund-raising walk. Funds raised help in cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held in Ilwaco. September 21-22, 2013
The Triathlon course launches from Black Lake Park in Ilwaco and includes a 500 meter swim (1540′), 12.2 mile bike ride (19.6km), and a 3.1 mile (5k) run! The park is the transition area for all three legs. The Duathlon follows the same course excluding the swim. It begins with a 1.6 mile run, and will start when the Triathlon begins. September 21, 2013
Stay at the Beach! The Long Beach Peninsula has ample lodging ranging from gourmet Bed & Breakfasts, romantic boutique inns, family-friendly hotels, beautiful beach vacations rentals, and picturesque campsites and RV parks! The Peninsula has something for everyone!
Dine at the source! Load up on delicious and local fare to fuel you through your race! Don’t forget to indulge on the decadent treats offered by many of our local eateries to reward yourself for all of your hard work and training!
Discovery Awaits! There’s plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained before and after your race! Whether you like to continue on your adventure and hike beautiful trails, take a bike ride along our Discovery Trail, Surf the mighty Pacific Ocean, have a spa day, go on a unique shopping trip, or curl up with a new book!
Events on the horizon:
- Summer Fest – Long Beach, Weekends, through September 2, 2013
- Ilwaco Charter Association Sturgeon Derby – Ilwaco, through September 2, 2013
- Art Night at the Marina – Ilwaco, June 20, 2013
- Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, June 22, 2013
- Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, through-October 11, 2013
- Doggie Olympic Games - Long Beach, June 28-29, 2013