Kentucky > Iron Horse Half Marathon
Midway, KY • Sunday, October 13, 2013 • Course Map
Nestled in the heart of Kentucky's bluegrass country -- at the midpoint of the railroad line between the cities of Lexington and Frankfort here in central northern Kentucky, where it was located on purpose to be "midway" between the two -- the city of Midway hosts the Iron Horse Half Marathon along a route that shows off the rolling green hills of its thoroughbred horse farms and rural countryside.
Designed as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, the local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit organization, the race follows what is basically an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in downtown Midway, though the race finish will take place a few blocks from the starting line, which lies at the intersection of Stephens Street and South Brand Street.
From the start, runners first head southeast along Stephens past the campus of Midway College until they meet up with Weisenberger Mill Road, which they follow for roughly the next three miles. The route rises about 100 feet in elevation over the course of the first mile and a half or so, a change that's followed by an equal downhill descent on the way back toward Midway from the turnaround point, near the bend in the river just off Weisenberger Mill Road.
Once runners head back through town, heading northwest along Stephens, they cross over Highway 62 and keep heading northwest as Stephens becomes Spring Station Road. Runners remain on Spring Station as it turns first left and then right, followed by a long, straightaway stretch for about the next mile and a half until the turnaround point, just before runners reach Woodlake Road. The route then brings runners back in the opposite direction along Spring Station Road toward downtown Midway, to the finish line just off Turner Street.
Though runners should expect rolling hills along the country roads outside Midway, the elevation changes are not overly severe, as the overall course elevation change is just over 100 feet.
Participants also are expected to keep at least a 14-minute-per-mile pace, organizers note, so both runners and walkers are welcome as long as they can maintain that pace or better. Just over 1,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the 2012 race, which was limited to 1,200 entrants due to the town's size and the width of the roads.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the central northern part of the state, roughly 15 miles northwest of Lexington, Midway typically experiences cool (and occasionally cold) to moderately warm weather in the early fall, as October's average monthly temperatures range between 68°F and 47°F.
On the day of the race (Oct. 13), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 68°F. October also is the city's second-driest month of the year, with an average of about 3.1 inches of rainfall for the month.
View the course map for the Iron Horse Half Marathon
$45 for the half marathon, if registered by March 1, 2013
$60 between March 2 - June 30
$70 between July 1 - October 5
$90 between Oct. 6 - 12
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Midway's Iron Horse Half Marathon, register online at AllSportCentral.com.
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