Harvest Hay Half
The Harvest Hay Half takes place July 21, 2013. This run takes place during the annual Harvest Days celebration in Battle Ground, Washington and includes a Half Marathon, 8K, and Family Run. The looped courses provide a scenic backdrop through the countryside and down the heart of Main Street, starting and finishing in Battle Ground Village. The event will be chip-timed by Rogue Multi-Sport.
Registrants of the Half Marathon and 8K will receive a commemorative Dri-Fit shirt and all registrants will receive a participation medal, which honors Chief Umtuch. Runners and walkers are welcome!
Enjoy food from Bone's Steak and Chop House, beer from Laurelwood Brewery, and a live DJ at the post-party, all included in your registration. Following the run, stay and enjoy the Harvest Days carnival.
The Harvest Hay Half benefits the North County Community Food Bank. Watch the video below to learn more about this deserving organization.
The city of Battle Ground was named for a battle that never occured between a group of Klickitat Indians and soldiers from Fort Vancouver in 1855.
The group of local Indians had been ordered to stay at an encampment near Fort Vancouver in order to prevent them from joining a rebellion. Led by Chief Umtuch, the Klickitat left the Fort without permission from fort officials, heading northeast.
U.S. Captain William Strong led a company in pursuit of the Indians, and many believed that there would be a battle when Captain Strong caught up with them. Instead, the two groups negotiated in the area now known as Battle Ground, and the Klickitat agreed to return to the encampment. Accounts vary on the events that followed, but in the end Chief Umtuch was killed. His men asked, and were granted, permission to stay to mourn and bury Chief Umtuch according to their traditions.
When Captain Strong returned to Fort Vancouver without the Klickitat group he was heavily criticised. The area became known derisively as "Strong's Battle Ground," and later just "Battle Ground."
The finishers medals for the Harvest Hay Half commemorate the history of Battle Ground. Last year's medal featured Captain Strong, and this year's honors Chief Umtuch.