Runners and Walkers!
The American River Parkway Half
Marathon returns for its ninth year and continues
its distinction as the only half
marathon in the world for both runners and walkers!
Not just one course for both disciplines mind you. We're
two separate, fully supported, USATF certified courses - one just for
runners and one just for walkers!
Parkway Half Marathon is a 501 (c)(3) event, of which the
entire operation is run by volunteers, including the race director.
By keeping the operation volunteer-centric, we ensure that the
collective efforts of our volunteers, which are the life blood of
charitable endeavors, as well as our generous sponsors, are realized
solely as proceeds, all of which are donated to benefit the American
River Parkway - the
nation's longest, continuous wild and scenic riparian
parkway in a major metropolitan area - and the jewel of
the Sacramento region.
To date, the Parkway Half
raised and donated nearly $300,000
to the American River Parkway Foundation.
So whether you want to run, walk, or volunteer, come on out a be a part
of this great community event!
HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
2015 Features - May Event
and Two-Person Relay!
to our Original Event Date: First Saturday in May - Finally!
With all the construction and new
parkway event rules, we've been juggled around for the past several
years. We are pleased to be back (for good) to our original May date.
The Mariachi band makes more sense, right?! This also gives you plenty
of time to
train and compete in other earlier races before capping your
training with the Parkway Half Marathon!
Half Marathon Relay Details
You asked for it and here it is - a two-person relay for walkers
to travel further than a 5K, but not quite up to a half
marathon distance. So we split the difference and added a team element.
and your spouse, significant other, or friend can share in the
completion of a half marathon distance by each walking a little more
than a 10K distance. (About 6.55 miles to be exact!)
Race Course Details
For both courses, we are pleased
to provide the most scenic half marathon in Sacramento, maybe even
No city streets, shopping malls, endless concrete, or traffic on our
course. Just pristine old-growth Oak and Cottonwood forests, beautiful
meadows, dramatic river views, and incredible scenery including the
Avenue of the Poppies and the Enchanted Forest. (Take a look at the
side bar and you'll see what we mean!)
Runners' Course Description
For the runners, we start and
travel along the scenic river-level trail until the turning
point. From there, we turn and briefly
travel back along the levee trail before crossing Sacramento's most
footbridge known as the Little Golden Gate bridge - a classic
suspension bridge that looks just like the most famous bridge in the
Once you've crossed the river, you follow the Parkway's "Lost Trail"
for several miles taking in scenic views and running through forests on
a path less traveled. Then, another crossing of the river
over Sacramento's newest bridge, which returns you to the final three
miles on your way to the finish line.
HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
Walkers' Course Description (Half Marathon and Relay)
your race, you'll be walking upstream on a continuously
paved path that weaves in and
out of endless meadows and runs through countless forests of giant
including the Enchanted Forest. The newest part of the course takes you
river via the Sunrise Footbridge into the Sacramento Bar
there, you'll turn around and return to the finish line.
out-and-back loop course is designed for the full range of walkers -
from casual strollers to speedy race-walkers and
everyone in between - and includes two very important
Aid stations approximately every
mile and a closed course time-limit that considers even
leisurely of paces!
That's right. No more thirsty miles and no more having to worry about
the course closing. This course is open until
everyone finishes - and that includes the post-race festivities. In
this race, nobody is forgotten and nobody is left behind! Is this
a walker friendly race or what?
Finally, because the course is entirely on the American River Parkway,
you'll never have to worry about car traffic. Heck, you may never even
or hear a car!
HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
2015 Event Details
Half Marathon - 7:15AM
Half Marathon Relay - 7:15AM
Line Processional - Bagpipes and more!
year, we will continue with the bagpipes and the star spangled banner
will be sung by a full choir. And why not?!
Half Marathon - 7:45AM
Here's a short list of some "green"
features we're continuing for this year's race:
1. 100% removal and recycling of event trash
2. EXPANDED Shuttle-bus service to relieve traffic congestion
3. Bike check-in so you can ride your bike to the event
4. Personal Water bottle fill-up at all aid stations
are definitely sure we are now safest race in the area, if not the
country. Why? Well, we are continuing to partner with a great local
outfit - CERT - and will
have a EMT team for each and every aid station with Nextel
communication, as well as mobile EMTs on bikes monitoring the course.
Okay, you've probably seen that before in other races, or something
close. So how about having these safety features operative
last participant crosses the finish line? That's a level
attention and personnel no other race can boast,
and we are very proud to continue this feature!
Usual First-Rate Amenities - In addition to the
new amenities, we still offer the usual amenities (which are not the
usual elsewhere!) you've come to expect
and enjoy including:
1. A bling-worthy medal for every half marathon entrant upon
2. A T-shirt for every entrant. Did we mention both men's
and did we also mention that the
half marathoner womens'
shirts are V-neck and
SHIRTS: To ensure every half marathon
entrant gets the right
technical T-shirt size, we
have a shirt sizing chart. Click
Here for the T-shirt sizing
3. Post-race lunch for all entrants featuring meat or vegan wraps,
fruit, and big
4. Ice-cold bottled sport drink or bottled water after the
5. Twenty Bands (ten along each course) and a Mariachi
band at the finish line.
6. Ice cold water and electrolyte drink at aid stations.
With all these amenities, we are
expecting the Parkway Half Marathon to fill up before race day. We
registration to not only ensure yourself a spot in this fun
race, but also to afford yourself the most competitive entry
for any half marathon around.
HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.
and mail for Half
Print and mail for Half
Marathon Relay CLICK
Race for Runners and Walkers
those wanting to enjoy the Parkway course, but not run or walk so long,
there is a 5K component as well.
Location and other stuff
May 2, 2015
RACE: 8:00 a.m.
and Finish at William Pond
here for Map and Directions
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