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California > Run for Education Half Marathon & 5K
Danville, CA  •  Sunday, October 12, 2014  •  Course Map  •  Results

With its history of nearly three decades of taking runners along the streets of this San Francisco Bay Area suburban community, the Run for Education Half Marathon & 5K has become an annual fall tradition here in the San Ramon Valley, which lies just over a half-hour's drive from San Francisco.

Run as a benefit for the local area's San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, the race features a mostly flat course along a point-to-point course that starts in Danville and finishes in the town of San Ramon.

From the starting line on Hartz Avenue, at the intersection with Diablo Road, runners head out on what is roughly a north-to-south point-to-point route, though one with many twists and turns through the residential neighborhoods and parks of Danville, which is known throughout the region as one of the Bay Area's wealthiest suburban communities.

Surrounded by hills and mountains to the east and west, including Diablo Mountain and the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness just outside town, Danville offers plenty of scenery for runners to take their minds off the miles.

The first half of the race brings runners through several residential streets and neighborhoods, and features really the only hilly stretch of the 13.1-mile course, which occurs just before runners reach the mile 3 marker along Contada Circle. The course elevation rises by about 150 feet through this stretch, after which the route flattens out once again and is nearly all flat for the rest of the race.

Runners head through Danville's Osage Park at about the mid-point of the race and then head back onto residential streets for the next couple of miles. As runners are making their way between mile markers 8 and 9, the course leaves the neighborhood streets and heads onto the Iron Horse Regional Trail, a multi-purpose paved trail that lies along the former railroad bed of the Southern Pacific Railroad, whose history as a transportation corridor dates back all the way to 1891.

Today, the trail is a popular hiking, walking and running trail that spans between the San Ramon Valley cities of Concord and Dublin, and is planned to eventually stretch all the way from Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County to Livermore in Alameda County.

The Iron Horse Trail segment of the race last for about two and a half miles, after which runners then turn onto Norris Canyon Road, and then again on Bishop Road, Executive Parkway and Camino Ramon before turning in to Iron Horse Middle School, where the finish line lies.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in Northern California's San Ramon Valley, just over 22 miles east of Oakland and roughly 31 miles east of San Francisco, the town of Danville typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the early fall.

October Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 52°F Low: 52°F Rain: 1.55 in.
High: 73°F High: 75°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Run for Education Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:15 AM - half marathon
8:15 AM - 5K


See race website


To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Danville' Run for Education Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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