Alaska > Kenai River Marathon, Half Marathon & 4-Person Relay
Kenai, AK • Sunday, September 29, 2013 • Course Map
The majestic scenery of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, with snow-capped
mountain peaks reflected in the brilliant blue waters of Cook Inlet, is
on display at the annual early autumn running of the Kenai River
Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay, a race that's open to both
runners and walkers.
The course for the race takes participants on an out-and-back
loop course along the Unity Trail that connects Kenai with the nearby
town of Soldotna, which lies right on the Kenai River and is famed for
its river fishing as well as for hiking, camping and just enjoying
Alaska's wild outdoors.
From the starting line near the office of the Kenai Convention
& Visitors Bureau on Overland Avenue, the half marathon (like
the full marathon and relay) starts runners and walkers off with a
quick stretch through the downtown city streets, with turns on Mission
Avenue, Main Street, Broad Street and Frontage Road before turning left
and heading north along Willow Street.
The route then turns right and
heads south along Airport Highway and Walker Lane to Beaver Loop Road,
which those running the half marathon then follow as its heads
southward and then curves around northward back up toward Spur Highway,
where it meets the Unity Trail.
A more than 20-mile-long trail for cyclists, runners, walkers, joggers
and inline skaters that connects Kenai with Soldotna, the Unity Trail
serves as the path for much of the full marathon, and those running the
half follow it for the next four miles of the race, as the course takes
them back into downtown Kenai for the finish line back at the
Convention and Visitors Bureau office. While the half marathon doesn't
cross it, runners and walkers will get a chance to see the Kenai River
off in the distance as well as the mountains that surround the local
By most larger-race standards, the Kenai River Marathon, Half Marathon
& Relay is definitely a smaller event, as just over 170 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined at the event's fall 2011 running. The starting time for the 2013 race is 9:00 AM for the full marathon and 10:00 AM for the half marathon, and organizers note that walkers are welcome to participate in the full marathon.
Weather & Climate
Located in southern Alaska, overlooking the waters of the Cook Inlet and about a three-hour drive from Anchorage to its northeast, the city of Kenai typically experiences moderately cool to occasionally cold weather conditions in the early fall, and usually sees its wettest weather of the year in the month the race is held.
In September, temperatures average between 39°F and 55°F -- on the day of the race (Sept. 29), the average low is 34°F and the average high is 50°F -- while precipitation amounts average just over 3.3 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Kenai River Half Marathon
9:00 AM - full marathon
10:00 AM - half marathon
See race website
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Kenai's Kenai River Marathon, Half Marathon or four-person Relay race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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