Set for its inaugural running as summer is transitioning to fall here in this southern Kentucky city that's perhaps most famous as the place where every Chevrolet Corvette in the world is made, Bowling Green's Run Kentucky Half Marathon also is set to feature a 5K and a one-mile Kids Fun Run when it makes its first running in mid-September 2011.
Runners will follow an out-and-back route that takes them through the streets of the city from the starting and finish line area at Bowling Green Ballpark, the home of the city's Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball team. From there, runners make what is roughly a counter-clockwise loop route that criss-crosses through the city, taking them first on an uphill climb toward the campus of Western Kentucky University.
You'll find out why the mascot for the university's sports teams is the "Hilltoppers" on your way toward the campus, as the elevation climbs roughly 100 feet toward WKU's hilltop campus over the course of the first mile. Once there, runners then make their way along College Heights Boulevard and the Avenue of Champions before turning onto University Boulevard and then again onto Normal Drive, a tour that will take runners past both the school's athletic facilites and academic buildings.
Once runners make their way off Normal Drive and onto State Street, they begin a stretch that unfolds over a largely downhill descent back into the city, along a long straightaway stretch along State Street that brings them northeast all the way up to Weldon Peete Park, which lies along a bend in the Barren River that flows through the city.
Runners will cross over the river twice, first along State Street (which becomes Old Louisville Road) on their way into the park and then again along Louisville Road on their way out, a stretch that brings them onto Riverview Road, where they'll follow alongside the river for roughly a mile. The course turns again on Garvin Lane, bringing runners back to the river again (this time a different bend in the river), where they'll cross over it twice again around Boatlanding Park before heading back into the city.
The final couple of miles begin once runners turn onto Gordon Avenue, and then begin a two-mile straightaway stretch that brings them all the way back into the city for the race finish, back at the Hot Rods stadium, where they'll cross the finish line inside the stadium, right behind home plate.
Weather & Climate
Located in southern Kentucky, roughly 115 miles south of Louisville and about 68 miles north of Nashville, Tenn., Bowling Green typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 81°F and 58°F. On the day of the race (Sept. 10), the average high is 83°F and the average low is 60°F, while rainfall totals average just over 4.1 inches for the month.
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by July 29, 2011
$60 between July 30 - August 18
$70 between Aug. 19 and the race expo
To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of Bowling Green's Run Kentucky Half Marathon, 5K or one-mile Kids Fun Run, register
online at Active.com.
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