From the southern tip of Lake Ashtabula in southeastern North Dakota,
the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway takes runners southward toward
Valley City for the Sheyenne Shuffle Half Marathon & 5K, which
is run at the beginning of fall each year and shows off in glorious
color the area's scenic fall foliage, with its deep red, green and
golden yellow leaves.
The point-to-point race starts at the Baldhill Dam on Lake Ashtabula,
and runs 13.1 miles along the scenic byway -- made up of paved pathways
and roadways -- across land that's mostly flat and fast, past open farm
fields and groves of trees as well as through the city streets of
Valley City. The race course is just part of the scenic byway's 63
miles, which stretch all the way from the lake to Lisbon, N.D., and
which has been included by National Geographic magazine in its Guide to
Scenic Byways and Highways.
The finish line for the half-marathon lies in Valley City, and runners
may also participate in the Barnes County Relay for Life 5K Run/Walk, which starts and ends at the
City of Bridges.
Weather & Climate
Pre-fall weather conditions in Valley City tend to vary widely, with
September temperatures that average between 70°F and
43°F. Rainfall averages also tend to be moderate to low, as
precipitation averages about 2.1 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of Valley City's Sheyenne
Shuffle Half Marathon, register online at HelloValley.com
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