Appletree Marathon Offering Live and Virtual Race Options

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The PeaceHealth Appletree Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k race is the only remaining marathon in Vancouver, with events taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, 2021. The course goes through many historical sites, such as Fort Vancouver, Officer’s Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport (the oldest operating airport in the USA), and the Historical Old Apple Tree.

Race festivities kick off on Saturday with a sunset 5k run at 6:00 PM where kids 12 and under can run for FREE; the main event is on Sunday with a 7:00 AM marathon start and an 8:00 AM start for the half marathon. Runners and walkers can still lace up their running or walking shoes and register for the AppleTree’s in-person race, conducted in adherence with state guidelines, or sign up for the new virtual “Race-in-a-Box” option.

“This is an event for everyone,” said Karissa Schoene, Owner and Race Director of Why Racing Events. “We love seeing families run the 5k together the first night along with those who aren’t looking to do a marathon or half. Sunday brings everyone from casual runners to elite marathoners looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It is a great blend of people and we create a fun, encouraging atmosphere for all.” After the race, participants are invited to enjoy a post-event meal and celebration.

For those who are planning to participate virtually, the new “Race-in-a-Box” option has everything you need to complete your race safely wherever you choose. The “Race-in-a-Box” includes a great PeaceHealth Appletree shirt, bag, medal, and a commemorative glass, plus a supply of hydration and nutrition items to keep racers fueled up.

PeaceHealth encourages everyone in our community to consider some level of participation. It’s important during these challenging times that we continue to take good care of ourselves physically and mentally with exercise and other healthy activities.

The main beneficiary of the PeaceHealth Appletree Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K is the Police Activities League – a non-profit organization partnering with law enforcement agencies to promote positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth in the community through educational programs and recreational opportunities. This year, PAL is using this opportunity to honor fallen officer Sergeant Jeremy Brown, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

The Start/Finish line will be on Officers Row in front of the Historical Grant House with post-race festivities within and around Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The course winds through a scenic route through Vancouver along a path highlighting historic sites and featuring spectacular river and mountain views. The PeaceHealth AppleTree marathon is a two-loop Boston qualifier. For more information visit

Registration will be available online until September 18, but athletes are encouraged to register sooner to be eligible to receive the full package of commemorative items available for the first 1000 participants.

About Why Racing Events:
Why Racing Events is a multi-sport event management organization that offers athletes of all ages and abilities, from the elite level to the back-of-the-packers, the chance to complete a racing event. They host a series of events throughout the Pacific Northwest, including children’s races, fun runs, trail runs, half marathons, marathons, duathlons, triathlons, and virtual options. Their races vary in size from 1000 to 5000 participants. They are committed to providing a positive experience to everyone involved while raising awareness and funds for important community causes. Find out more information about Why Racing Events at

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