Texas > Red Ribbon Run Half Marathon, 5K & 1K
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Organized and run by the local Midland nonprofit Drug-Free Youth In
Texas, the Red Ribbon Run races got their start in 2004 as a fundraiser
and awareness-building event in conjunction with that year's National
Red Ribbon Week, which honors the efforts of those working to combat
abuse in cities, towns and communities around the country. Already
becoming a popular local road race, the Red Ribbon Run saw its field of
runners double for all races combined last year, and organizers expect
similar turnout in 2008.
The course for the half marathon -- the event also includes a 5K and a
short 1K run -- starts and finishes at the parking lot of the Kent
Companies, on Midland's West Loop 250 North. From there, the race takes
runners first along an eastward route along Bluebird Lane to the 1900
block of Coleman Court, where those running the half-marathon hit their
first turnaround point and start heading back along Bluebird toward the
Once they reach the intersection with North Midkiff Road, the field
turns north and then a quick left onto Cardinal Lane, which they take
westward along a straightaway for the next mile and a half. At Oriole
Drive, runners turn north again and head toward Teakwood Trace, which
runners turn onto heading left and follow as the road takes them all
the way around the confines of Midland's Green Tree Country Club.
Participants will run through the club's grounds and residential areas,
and then head back onto Teakwood Trace and Oriole Drive along the same
course they've just run, on their way toward the finish line back at
the Kent Companies parking lot.
Fast and flat with some nice, long straightaway stretches that will
allow runners to make some great time toward personal records, the race
is also run on paved roads throughout and features few hills. The
half-marathon race starts at 9:00 AM, followed by the 5K and 1K at
Weather & Climate
Warm to moderate conditions, with typically scant rainfall, are the
norm in the early fall in the Midland area, located just off Interstate
20 in the plains of West Texas, near Odessa. In October, local monthly
temperatures average between 80°F and 51°F, while
rainfall amounts average around 1.4 inches for the month.
Online registration is not yet open for the fall 2010 running of the
Red Ribbon Run Half Marathon. Please
check back later for updated information on how to register.
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