Saturday, January 16, 2016 • Topeka, KS • Course Map
One of the region’s most challenging half-marathon events thanks to its often bitterly cold and windy Kansas winter weather, the Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon takes runners from residential neighborhoods just outside the downtown area of the state’s capitol to the more rural areas in the nearby city of Auburn, just to the southwest of Topeka.
This point-to-point race, which is run over a combination of flat, hilly and paved terrain, has seen a number of course changes over the years, and in 2016 will begin near Indian Hills Elementary School, just north of Sherwood Lake.
For the first several miles of the course, the race takes runners along paved city streets, following a mostly southward direction through the city. In the first third of the race, the course takes an eastward turn toward Sherwood Lake, and then turns south again toward the finish line at the village of Auburn.
The final five miles of the race are a combination of gravel-surface country roads and a paved road for the race’s final mile. Runners should be prepared to run some hills, because this race includes a number of steep hills along the way, with several hills featuring climbs of 100 feet in elevation or more.
The race’s highest point occurs around mile 6.5 (1,190 feet above sea level) and its lowest is around mile 1.5 (956 feet). Just over 330 runners crossed the finish line at the race’s 2014 running.
Race Weather & Climate
Though it is generally dry this time of year (January sees only about 0.17 inches of precipitation on average), Topeka can be bitterly cold in the winter, as January temperatures average between 20°F and 40°F. On the day of the race (Jan. 16), the average low is 19°F and the average high is 40°F.
The course’s mostly north-south direction also means that runners will have plenty of wind throughout the race, which will make conditions feel even colder. In the past, some races have seen single-digit temperatures, so come ready for the cold!
- $50 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2015
- $60 after Dec. 31
To reserve your spot in the winter 2016 running of Kansas’s Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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