Saturday, September 3, 2016 • Jasper, IN • Course Map
Featuring a course that starts in the shadow of the Jasper train depot along the banks of the Patoka River and finishes in the shade in the parks on the banks of the same river just a stone’s throw away, Jasper’s Heartland Half Marathon is set to make its 5th annual running on Labor Day weekend.
Organizers say the course will be “very fast,” and the elevation profile certainly bears that out — from the starting line elevation of just over 450 feet above sea level, the course rarely rises much above that throughout the 13.1 miles of the half marathon, with the exception of a few hilly stretches just after the mid-way point of the race along St. Charles Street.
After runners pass through the middle portion of the race, the course largely flattens out again on the way to the finish line.
Runners will start the race at the Spirit of Jasper Train Depot on Mill Street overlooking the river, and from there follow what is mostly a clockwise route through Jasper’s downtown and around the outskirts of the city.
While the first half of the race features a number of stretches through residential neighborhoods, the second half offers the more scenic terrain, as the course takes runners past Calumet Lake and along the Jasper Riverwalk in the last mile and a half of the race, along the paved pathways that wind alongside the Patoka in to the finish at the Dave Buehler Plaza.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just west of the Hoosier National Forest in southwestern Indiana, about 120 miles southwest of Indianapolis and roughly 80 miles west of Louisville, Ky., Jasper typically sees its fourth-warmest month of the year in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 33°F (in 1993) and as high as 99°F (in 1999).
On race day (Sept. 3), the average low is 60ºF and the average high is 82ºF.
- 2015 Heartland Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Heartland Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Heartland Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Heartland Half Marathon Results
- $50 – $70 for the half marathon
- $20 – $25 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Jasper’s Heartland Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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