Michigan > Capital City River Run Half Marathon & 5K
Lansing, MI • Sunday, September 15, 2013 • Course Map
Making the most of the surrounding terrain of the "Mid-Michigan" area, Lansing's Capital City River Run Half Marathon & 5K takes runners along a course that's a mix of urban city streets and big buildings as well as mile after mile of trails that run alongside the Grand River, which cuts right through the heart of the city. Part of a weekend full of local events that also include a 5K run/walk and two children's races, the race celebrates its 20th annual running in 2013 -- and just its 6th with the half-marathon distance.
For most of the event's history since it began in 1993, the race was run as an out-and-back 10-miler along the city's Lansing River Trail. Though the course had shifted several times over the years, last year brought the change to a 13.1-mile half marathon, which allowed race organizers to design a course that would show off many of the local area's most noteworthy attractions, including Michigan State University, Scott Woods Park and Potter Park, and of course the Lansing River Trail for much of the race.
The terrain for the course is almost all paved surfaces throughout the race, as it is run along a combination of city streets, highways just outside town and the eight-mile Lansing River Trail, which runs along the Grand River and the Red Cedar River, along a mix of tree-lined paved pathways and pedestrian bridges. From the starting line near the Lansing Center, the course follows an out-and-back loop in a counter-clockwise direction around the city, finishing up back near Oldsmobile Park, home of minor league baseball's Lansing Lugnuts.
Both the half-marathon and the 5K race welcome both runners and walkers, and both races share a starting time of 8:30 AM. At the race's 2012 running, just over 1,460 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon, while more than 660 finished the 5K.
Race Weather & Climate
Though weather conditions are usually still pretty mild (and occasionally even warm) this time of year in the Lansing area, located in the center of southern Michigan and roughly half-way between Detroit and Grand Rapids, it can also get quite cool and even cold toward the end of the month.
In September, average temperatures range between 49°F and 72°F, while rainfall amounts average around 3.48 inches for the month, making it the city's wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (Sept. 15), the average low is 49°F and the average high is 72°F.
View the race route map for the Capital City River Run Half Marathon
$40 for the half marathon, if registered by March 25, 2013
$50 between March 26 - August 12
$60 between Aug. 13 - September 14
$65 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Lansing's Capital City River Run Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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