California > Fontana Days Run Half Marathon
Fontana, CA • Saturday, June 1, 2013 • Course Map
Recognized as "the world's fastest half marathon course" by USA Track & Field back in 1985, the Fontana Days Run Half Marathon also includes a four-person team relay for the half marathon, a 5K Run/Race Walk, a Family Fitness Walk and a Children's half-mile dash, and celebrates its 58th annual running in 2013.
One of California's (and the country's) oldest road races -- its first running saw 200 runners cross the finish line back in 1955 -- the race today brings out about 2,000 runners each year for this fast downhill course that starts at the Applewhite Campground in Lytle Creek just north of the city and finishes at Fontana's City Hall.
From the starting line at Applewhite Campground, the race starts runners on the first six miles of the course, which feature all paved terrain that's also a steep downhill run through the Lytle Creek community, which runs through the San Bernadino National Forest. After making their way along South Lytle Creek Road for much of the first half of the race, runners then transition onto Sierra Road for the last seven miles of the race, changing from a steep downhill to a moderate to mostly gradual downhill run for the remainder of the race, all the way to the finish at City Hall at 8353 Sierra Avenue.
The elevation drop that runners will experience during the race is quite a drop -- 2,125 feet overall during the race, from start to finish. And the race is indeed fast -- the male record finishing time is 59 minutes, 22 seconds, while the female record finisher clocked in at 1 hour, 8 minutes and 38 seconds (both records were set in 1986).
No walking or race walking is permitted during the half marathon race -- the 13.1-mile distance is for runners only -- though runners who aren't yet ready for the half marathon are encouraged to enter any of the event's three other races for adults, or to join with three other runners and participate in the four-person team half marathon relay.
Scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 7:30 AM. Organizers note that because the shuttle bus ride to the starting line can take as long as 45 minutes, runners are strongly encouraged to be at City Hall and ready to board the bus to the start by 5:00 AM -- at the latest (that's when the last bus leaves).
Race Weather & Climate
Located about 55 miles east of nearby Los Angeles, the city of Fontana tends to experience moderately dry, warm weather conditions in the early weeks summer, with almost no precipitation to speak of. In June, average local monthly temperatures range between 88°F and 57°F, while rainfall totals average less than a tenth of an inch.
On the day of the race (June 1), the average low is 55°F and the average high is 84°F.
View the race route map for the Fontana Days Run Half Marathon
$40 for the individual half marathon, if registered by January 13, 2013
$50 on Jan. 14 and after
$140 per 4-person team for the team half marathon, if registered by Jan. 13
$180 on Jan. 14 and after
To reserve your spot in any of the race distances at the late spring/early summer 2013 running of the Fontana Days Run Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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