PeaceHealth announced as Title Sponsor for the 2nd Annual PeaceHealth AppleTree Marathon Festival

February 6, 2019

Vancouver, Washington (Feb 2019) – WHY Racing Events is announcing the partnership of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center as the Title Sponsor and exclusive Health Partner for the 2nd Annual PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Marathon festival.  As a partner, PeaceHealth will host the Health and Wellness lounge at the finish line, provide health and nutrition information during the event, provide the SWAG bags for athletes as well as provide volunteers at designated water stations along the route.

“We are ecstatic to have PeaceHealth back as a as our partner for our 2nd Annual APPLETREE Marathon event and to take their role to another level,” said WHY Racing Founder and CEO Sherri McMillan, “PeaceHealth, the largest employer is Clark County, is dedicated to the community’s health and wellness, so an event like the APPLETREE Marathon, which has races for any level of athlete, aligns well with their vision. Having PeaceHealth as our partner will provide us the ability to make our event very special for our athletes and provide an experience that runners in the Northwest deserve. We are confident that this will quickly become a favorite annual event for runners and walkers locally and across the country.”

The PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Marathon Festival offers three running events, starting with the Sunset 5K run on Saturday, September 14th at 6 P.M where Kids age 17 and under race for FREE. The Marathon and Half Marathon start Sunday morning, September 15th at 7 A.M. and 8 A.M. respectively.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to partner with WHY Racing in support of PeaceHealth’s Mission to promote community wellness with an event that is truly inclusive of all ages and all stages of health,” says Sean Gregory, Chief Executive, PeaceHealth Columbia Network. “Whether you walk or run, or come to cheer on your loved ones, you can’t help but feel inspired by the energy and passion of a community coming together to celebrate our city’s rich history and embrace our vision for a healthier future.”

PeaceHealth will also oversee the on-course medical support at the event. Kevin deWeber, MD, is a sports medicine specialist at PeaceHealth Family Medicine and his long history of training high performance athletes includes caring for athletes at both the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the 2012 Olympics in London. “Everyone can benefit from an increase in physical activity, and training for a 5k is a great way to get started,” said deWeber. “It can improve your heart and lung fitness, and in combination with a sensible diet, can lead to safe and effective weight loss.”

The main beneficiary of the APPLETREE Marathon is the Police Activities League, a nonprofit organization that partners with law enforcement agencies to promote positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth in the community through educational programs and recreational opportunities. PAL offers many at-risk children with year-round programs and special events that foster teamwork, enforce citizenship, and provide the opportunities to work with law enforcement officers and caring adult mentors. PAL believes that it can help reduce the juvenile crime rates by empowering our youth to make responsible life choices. In addition, various local schools, clubs and teams will benefit by volunteering at water stations or as course marshals in return for donations to their cause. Last year, the event was able to raise over $36,000 for PAL and local schools, clubs and teams. If you are interested in helping at the event, please email [email protected]

About the PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Marathon Festival – The PeaceHealth APPLETREE Marathon’s theme is a “Run Through History”. Vancouver, Washington, is a historical city with numerous historical landmarks. The PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE course takes athletes through Historical Fort Vancouver, Officer’s Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. If you’re a history buff, this is your race. Packet Pickup is hosted in the historical Pearson Air Museum and pre-race historical walking tours are available. Signage is posted along the course to educate runners as they pass by historical landmarks, acting as a running/walking history lesson. The marathon is a flat and fast Boston Qualifying two-loop course that is extremely spectator friendly and offers a unique and beautiful run for participants. There are water stations every mile and plenty of entertainment to keep runners motivated. The feedback and response on social media was fabulous after the inaugural year so it is expected for the 2019 event to sell out at the capped participation of 3,000 athletes. The PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Marathon Festival provides a post-event meal and party hosted by the Eatery at the Historical Grant House, including free beer courtesy of Deschutes Brewery, a T-shirt, medal, gift bag and great SWAG. The Inaugural year had 1,504 athletes from four different countries and 30 states participate and this is expected to double in 2019.

Schedule of events:

Saturday Sept. 14th 6 p.m. – 5K Sunset Run

Sunday Sept. 15th 7 a.m. – Marathon star a.m. – Half Marathon start

Learn more about the PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Festival at https://whyracingevents.com/event/1059

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 successfully complete a racing event. They host a series of events every year from March to October, including children’s races, fun runs, half marathons, marathons, trail runs, duathlons and triathlons. 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 www.whyracingevents.com

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Washington, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. www.peacehealth.org