California > Jungle Run Half Marathon & 10K Run/Walk
Los Gatos, CA • Sunday, July 14, 2013 • Course Map
Runners get a chance to run through a combination of surroundings and terrain at the Jungle Run Half Marathon & 10K, which takes the roughly 2,000 runners who come out for the race each year on a tour of the Los Gatos area, including stretches of the course that run through the Los Gatos Creek Park reservoir, Vasona Lake County Park and Oak Creek Park.
Mostly fast and flat, much of the race follows a course along the Los Gatos Creek, through this city that's located just a few miles south of San Jose in Northern California.
The race starts at the Los Gatos High School track and field complex, which lies just off New York Avenue, and follows an out-and-back course that takes runners northward along the Los Gatos Creek, along roads including Los Gatos Boulevard, Blossom Hill Road and Winchester Boulevard.
As it makes its way northward, the course follows from the roads onto the Los Gatos Creek Trail, a several-miles-long nature trail that leads participants to the city's Vasona Park, a 45-acre county park with a waterfront playground and six miles of paved trails.
After running a loop around the park, race participants are then directed southward back onto the Los Gatos Creek Trail to Old Town Los Gatos, where they meet the unpaved section of the trail and hit the turnaround point before the dam. After the turnaround, runners are directed back the same direction toward the finish line at the high school.
Though most of the course is relatively even, runners will encounter hills between the second and third mile markers as well as between mile markers 11 and 12, when the course reaches its highest point. After that, it's all downhill toward the finish.
To complete the race within the time limit allowed -- organizers expect to have the finish line cleanup completed by 12 noon -- runners will need to keep a pace of at most 15 minutes per mile, which means prospective runners should be able to finish the race in just over three hours.
The race starting time is 7:00 AM, and there will be seven aid stations distributed throughout the 13.1-mile half marathon course, including the stations at the start and finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area, just over 10 miles southwest of San Jose, Los Gatos typically sees July temperatures that average between 85°F and 55°F, while rainfall is nearly nonexistent this time of year.
On the day of the race (July 14), the average low is 55°F and the average high is 85°F.
View the race route map for the Jungle Run Half Marathon
$45 for the half marathon, if registered by October 30, 2012
$50 between October 31 - January 1, 2013
$55 between Jan. 2 - March 25
$65 between March 26 - July 14
To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2013 running of Los Gatos's Jungle Run Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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