Arkansas > Winslow Half Marathon & 5K Run
Winslow, AR • Saturday, September 14, 2013 • Course Map
The gently rolling hills and rolling country roads of Northwest Arkansas's Ozarks region are the setting for the second annual running of the Winslow Half Marathon & 5K Run, for a race that is set to take runners on an out-and-back tour of the hills just outside this tiny city that lies along the western edge of the Ozark National Forest.
Featuring a race start and finish that lie just a short drive from one another in downtown Winslow -- home to a few hundred residents, according to the most recent census -- the race is a fundraising effort by the Winslow Community Development Council and is also timed to coincide with the annual Winfest Music Festival, which has drawn musical acts both locally from Winslow and from around Arkansas since it was first staged back in 1982.
Both the half marathon and the 5K race start at the Winslow Public Library on Highway 71, just off School Avenue. From there, runners in the 13.1-mile half marathon follow a route that winds westward along School Avenue and then turns south on Main Street and then west again on East Van Buren Avenue, which runners will remain on for the next couple of miles until the course makes a slight left turn onto Bunyard Road, just before passing the mile 2 marker.
After making the turn onto Bunyard, runners then follow the route for nearly the next five miles as Bunyard first heads south and then curves around to head west in the direction of Interstate 540. Race organizers say that have planned the race route to be as flat as possible in what is a generally hilly part of the country, and while runners can expect some rolling hills along Bunyard, the elevation changes are never dramatic and usually involve only small uphills and downhills.
The half marathon turnaround point lies between the mile 6 and mile 7 markers on Bunyard Road, and there runners make the turn and retrace their steps along the route they've just run all the way back to Winslow. The course turns left onto Center Street before bringing runners all the way back along Van Buren, to take runners up toward the finish line at the Winslow City Hall, which lies inside the Frisco Loop.
The half marathon is open to walkers as well as runners, provided they can finish the course within the event's three-hour time limit. More than 300 runners ran the race in 2012.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the edge of the Ozark National Forest in northwestern Arkansas, just over 20 miles south of Fayetteville, Winslow typically sees mild to moderately warm and occasionally quite warm weather in September, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 59°F and 81°F.
On the day of the race (Sept. 14), the average low is 60°F and the average high is 81°F, while rainfall totals average just over 4.8 inches, making September Winslow's third-wettest month of the year.
View the race route map for the Winslow Half Marathon
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To sign up for the late summer 2013 running of the Winslow Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website.
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