Maryland > Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K
Columbia, MD • Sunday, April 28, 2013 • Course Map
Part of a series of half marathon, 10K, 5K and triathlon events known as the Athleta Iron Girl series that takes place across the country in the spring, late summer and early fall -- starting with its flagship half marathon in Clearwater, Fla., in April and concluding with a 10K & 5K race in Del Mar, Calif. in October -- the Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K is set for its second annual running at the end of April 2013.
The race is set to take runners on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at The Mall in Columbia, from the Howard Hughes parking lot along Little Patuxent Parkway. From there, runners will make their way along the winding Little Patuxent Parkway west through this planned community that lies about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., past the campus of Howard County Community College and in the direction of the Clarksville Environmental Area, which is part of a more than 1,000-acre park on the western edge of Columbia.
Runners keep heading west along Little Patuxent into the tree-lined residential neighborhoods along the edge of the park, along mostly gently rolling hills on paved streets past homes, parks and shopping centers. Stretches along Little Patuxent are followed by Watch Chain Way, Harmel Drive and Cedar Lane to about the half-way point of the race, where runners turn left onto Harriet Tubman Lane and continue east toward Atholton High School. This stretch then turns south and becomes Martin Road, bringing runners north toward Quarterstaff Road.
The next few miles unfold through more residential areas as runners make their way back toward Hickory Ridge Road, where they'll turn left and head west, to rejoin Little Patuxent Parkway and then begin the stretch that brings them east back toward the mall, where they'll cross the race finish line near the stores overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi.
The scheduled starting time for both the half marathon and the 5K is 7:00 AM, and the race will be limited to 5,000 entrants for the half marathon and 500 for the 5K. Runners will have 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete the 13.1 miles of the half marathon, which works out to about a 16-minute-per-mile pace.
Weather & Climate
Located in central Maryland, about 19 miles southwest of Baltimore and roughly 26 miles northeast of Washington, D.C., Columbia typically sees April temperatures that average between 66°F and 44°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.8 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (April 28), the average high is 70°F and the average low is 43°F.
View the race route map for the Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon
$85 for the half marathon, if registered before January 1, 2013
$90 on Jan. 1 and after
$100 at the race packet pickup
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of Columbia's Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon or Coed 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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