Bring your endurance.
Courses are a combination of fire roads and single track trails.
As always, we welcome all levels of runners. Hikers/walkers too.
For half marathon participants who wish to hike the course and take more than 3.5 hours, we will offer a "Hiker Division" start at 7:00 am. Those starting at 7:00 should carry water as the first and second aid stations might not be 100% up and running, depending on the hikers speed. Hiker starts will not be eligible to win the race or for age group awards, but will be listed as official finishers in the Hiker Division and will still receive finisher medals.
This half marathon will start at Overlook Park, head over to Robie Point, down to and across No Hands Bridge, continue up towards Cool and then loop back and head towards the finish in Overlook Park. More than half the course will be on the Western States Trail. The 12K will follow that same course, crossing over No Hands Bridge before coming back. And the 5K loops out to Robie Point and back.
COURSE MAPS + ELEVATION
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Participants can pick up a copy of their appropriate course map on race day.
Each course will be marked with ribbons and signs. .
COURSE TIME LIMITS
The half marathon will start at 8:00 am and the course will have a time limit of 4.5 hours. Runners must reach the 3rd aid station (mile 6.6) and the 4th aid station (mile 9.65) by 11:30 am.
If any participants are still on the trail after that time, they will be directed onto the quickest way back to the start/finish area.
As with all of our races, water stations will be fully stocked with water, sports drink, gels, pretzels, candy, etc.
Water stations will be approximately 2-3 miles apart, as trail access allows.
Runners who may need more water (and all half marathon runners), should carry their own water bottle or hydration pack.
Note: To lower the amount of waste at our Ultra Half Series races, we ask that our half marathon runners (and all runners where possible) be "cupless" during their runs, especially at the half-marathon-only water stations.
Since the course and conditions of these half marathon courses already dictate that carrying water bottles/hydration packs is the best practice, this is usually easy to do. Water station volunteers will be ready to refill whatever container one brings. Runners can also carry reusable cups that easily collapse and can be stuffed into their pockets/attached. If you wish to purchase a Hydrapak Speed Cup (available for $5 with sales tax), we have those available at our merchandise tent.
Half marathon water stations will not have full cups waiting for runners, but safety is their priority and so if you have nothing and need the fluids, they will get a cup for you, but it could slow you down.
There are bathrooms with running water near the start/finish area. There will also be port-o-potties at the start/finish area.
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