About the Run
a beautiful run past fields of tulips and lilacs
The third annual Blooms to Brews will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in beautiful Woodland, Washington and benefits the Scott Hill Park and Sports Complex.
The 2015 event marks our inaugural Blooms to Brews Marathon! The Marathon is one of the flattest and most scenic USATF certified marathons in the country and is a Boston qualifier.
The Marathon begins at 7:30 AM followed by the Half Marathon at 8:00 AM and the 10K at 8:15. Runners and walkers are welcome! The course will be open for 7 hours. During this time, you'll have full support from our medical team, volunteers, flaggers, and police officers. After 7 hours, you'll be instructed to follow the normal rules of the road as the streets will be open to the public.
The run begins and ends at Horsehoe Lake, just west of I-5 at exit 21. From Horseshoe Lake, you'll head south around the open part of the lake's horseshoe and then around the lake towards the historic Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.
The run continues through the outskirts of downtown and heads out into the beautiful countryside where you'll be greeted with big open fields and a rural landscape of farmhouses, barns, and livestock. A large variety of birds are attracted to this confluence area of the Columbia River Valley
The courses for the Marathon and Half Marathon diverge on Dike Road at the Columbia River. Half-Marathon runners head south, and Marathon runners head north for a 6 mile down and back along Dike Road. At mile 11, the Marathon course rejoins the Half for almost 5 miles. At mile 15 3/4, the Marathon route will head north for a 6 mile loop through scenic farmlands with views of Mt. St. Helen before converging again with the Half along the north fork of the Lewis River. Be careful of your step as you follow the gravel dike for three-quarters of a mile.
Upon crossing the dike, marathoners take a short down and back to the boat launch before setting off on the last 2 miles. For the home stretch, fields upon fields of colorful tulips spread out on both sides of the road. Enjoy the beauty of spring in the air as you run past the tuplips and continue to the finish line at Horseshoe Lake to relax with a refreshing microbrew.
With registration, all runners and walkers receive a finishers medal, dri-fit shirt, chip timing, and food, beer, and DJ at the post-party. There are overall and age group awards for both races.
Run Start and Finish:
Woodland, WA 98674
find it on a map here: Horseshoe Lake