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California > Urban Cow Half Marathon, Relay & 5K Run/Walk
Sacramento, CA  •  Sunday, October 5, 2014  •  Course Map

Renamed in 2005 for the label that locals often used for California's capital city for decades, as Sacramento was once widely thought of as simply the "cow town" urbanites had to drive through on their way from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, the Sacramento Cowtown race has been called the Urban Cow Half Marathon, Relay & 5K since 2010, and has been a fixture on this city's road race calendar since 1977.

The 13.1-mile half marathon and the relay event all follow an out-and-back loop course, starting near the golf course at Sacramento's William Land Park, just off Freeport Boulevard. From there, the course runs through the park's trails and meadows for the first mile and a half, passing by the nine-hole William Land Golf Course and along 14th, 13th and 12th Avenues.

After about the first mile and a half, the course then begins winding through the city, zigzagging through neighborhoods and city streets, passing through mostly residential areas and then a quick run through part of the city's industrial area on its way toward the riverfront marina.

Next, runners reach the riverfront, and from there they run a quick out-and-back along Marina View Drive, and then begin a long flat straightaway along the banks of the river, running along the bicycle path that runs parallel to Interstate 5 on their way down to the turnaround at Miller Park.

Once they make the turn, runners then head north along Riverside Boulevard toward 13th Avenue, passing through neighborhoods with beautiful older homes on their way to the park and the home stretch toward the finish line back in William Land Park.

Throughout the race, the course is generally fast and flat, though runners will encounter a few gentle hills (which climb roughly 20 to 25 feet in elevation) around mile markers 5, 7 and between miles 10 and 11.

Organizers plan to start runners in the half marathon in two waves: the first, which starts at 7:30 AM, is for runners who expect to finish the race in under 2 hours; the second, which starts at 7:35 AM, is for those whose finishing time will be over 2 hours.

Runners thinking of signing up for the race are encouraged to do so early. More than 5,600 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the event's 2011 running -- including just over 3,500 finishers in the individual half marathon -- so spots often go quickly for the race.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in the state's inland valley area, about an hour and half drive from San Francisco to the southwest, Sacramento typically sees hot, dry weather in the late summer and early fall. In October, record temperatures here have reached as low as 34°F (in 1946) and as high as 102°F (in 1987).

October Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 54°F Low: 56°F Rain: 1 in.
High: 79°F High: 84°F Snow: N/A

Course Map

See the race route map for the Urban Cow Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:30 AM - have marathon, wave 1
7:35 AM - half marathon, wave 2
7:55 AM - 5K run/walk


$62 for the half marathon, if registered by August 31, 2014
$72 between September 1 - 28
$85 between Sept. 29 - October 4


To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of Sacramento's Urban Cow Half Marathon, 5K or Relay race, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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