Saturday, December 6, 2014 • Ashland, OH
A race that unfolds along the rolling city streets of this scenic and hilly town in northern Ohio, Ashland’s Tour de Ashland Half Marathon, Team Relays and 5K was run for the first time ever in 2006 and welcomes between 200 and 300 runners each year, making this small, intimate race something of a wintertime counterpart to the city’s summertime Holiday Balloonfest 5K Race, which is run each year on the fourth of July.
Like the city itself, the 13.1-mile race course is scenic and hilly, starting at Ashland Community Stadium on Katherine Avenue. From there, runners follow a somewhat circuitous path through the city, along a mostly counter-clockwise loop that takes runners past and through local green space areas like Myers Field and Brookside Park.
The course is run on paved surfaces throughout the race, and features very few flat stretches — there is an overall elevation change of just over 200 feet through the course of the race.
Runners will reach the highest point in the race just after the second mile marker, at just over 1,275 feet above sea level, while the lowest point in the race arrives just after the 5-mile marker, when the course drops to around 1,040 feet above sea level.
Race organizers will have limited traffic control throughout the race, though they will have crossing guards posted at the eight major intersections along the course and police escorts for much of the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Runners may need to bundle up for this early winter race in Ashland, which is located in northern Ohio about 60 miles southwest of Cleveland and typically sees very cold and sometimes snowy conditions in the winter, as December brings an average of 5.5 inches of snow each year.
On the day of the race (Dec. 6), the average low is 25°F and the average high is 40°F.
See race website
To reserve your spot in the early winter 2014 running of the Tour de Ashland Half Marathon, Relay or 5K race, visit the event website.