New York > Polar Bear Series of Runs & Walks Half Marathon
Olean, NY • Sunday, March 10, 2013 • Course Map
Part of a six-event running series that includes two 5K races, a 5-mile race, and 10K and 15K running events, the Polar Bear Series of Runs and Walks winds up its busy schedule that starts at the beginning of the year with its half-marathon in March.
Organized and run by the Olean Family YMCA, the event draws mainly local area residents but is open to all those who wish to participate. Named for the cooooold conditions in which the races are run, these running events aren't for the faint of heart, as area temperatures routinely drop into the teens during January and February.
The March half marathon starts at the Olean YMCA (1101 Wayne Street) and takes runners on a course that winds through the surrounding city streets and neighborhoods, entirely along paved roads. Long-sleeve t-shirts are given out for complete series participants and "New Year's Resolution" runners, and awards are given for the first-place finishers in each age group in the half marathon.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the western corner of the state just over 10 miles from New York's Allegheny State Park, the town of Olean tends to experience slightly warmer conditions in the early spring, but the weather can still be very cold, as evidenced by March average temperatures, which range between 42°F and 19°F.
On the day of the race (March 10), the average high is 39°F and the average low is 17°F, while precipitation amounts just over 2.8 inches, making March Olean's second-driest month of the year.
View the race route map for the Polar Bear Series Half Marathon
$30 if registered before the day of the race
$40 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the late winter/early spring 2013 running of Olean's Polar Bear Series of Runs & Walks Half Marathon or 6-mile walk, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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