Kansas > Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon
Topeka, KS • Saturday, January 18, 2014 • Course Map
One of the region's most challenging half-marathon events thanks to its
often bitterly cold and windy Kansas winter weather, the Topeka to
Auburn Half Marathon takes runners from the downtown area of the
state's capitol to the more rural areas in the nearby village of
Auburn, just to the southwest of Topeka. This point-to-point race,
which is run over a combination of flat, hilly and paved terrain, has
seen a number of course changes over the years but is now run on a USATF-certified route.
For the first eight miles of the course, which begins near Fairlawn
Plaza on South 22nd Street, take runners along paved city streets,
following a mostly southward direction through the city. In the first
third of the race, the course takes an eastward turn toward Sherwood
Lake, and then turns south again toward the finish line at the village
The final five miles of the race are a combination of gravel-surface
country roads and a paved road for the race's final mile. Runners
should be prepared to run some hills, because this race includes a
number of steep hills along the way, with several hills featuring
climbs of 100 feet in elevation or more. The race's highest point
occurs around mile 6.5 (1,190 feet above sea level) and its lowest is
around mile 1.5 (956 feet).
Just over 500 runners crossed the finish line at the race's 2012 running.
Race Weather & Climate
Though it is generally dry this time of year (January sees only about 0.17 inches of precipitation on average), Topeka can be bitterly cold in the winter, as January temperatures average between 20°F and 40°F. On the day of the race (Jan. 18), the average low is 19°F and the average high is 40°F.
The course's mostly north-south direction also means that runners will have plenty of wind throughout the race, which will make conditions feel even colder. In the past, some races have seen single-digit temperatures, so come ready for the cold!
See the course map for the Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the winter 2014 running of Kansas's Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon, visit the event website.
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