Set for its second annual running here along the famous Galveston seawall in the late fall of 2011 -- and along a very flat course that offers the chance to set personal record half marathon times -- Galveston Island's Seawall Half Marathon & Crabwalk features two days of running and walking events, with the 13.1-mile half marathon and the walk on Saturday.
The race takes runners through a combination of city streets and beachfront roads in the early going, and perhaps the longest stretch of the race takes runners for roughly six miles along Seawall Boulevard, the highway that runs right alongside the Galveston seawall. Built in the early years of the 20th century to protect the city and its inhabitants following the historic Galveston hurricane of 1900, in which an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people here lost their lives, the seawall still stands today (though it took a beating when storm surge caused by 2008's Hurricane Ike lapped over the wall).
Runners can expect a point-to-point course for the race, which starts near Galveston's Stewart Beach at the intersection of 6th Street and Seawall Boulevard, and then takes runners northeast along Seawall toward East Beach Drive, where they turn right and head toward the seashore. The course follows East Beach until reaching Apffel Park Road, where runners turn left and follow the road until they meet up again with Seawall Boulevard, where they turn left and then stay on that road for roughly the next six miles.
Organizers plan to have both bands playing live music along the course and stations of cheerleaders to encourage runners on as they make their way along the Boulevard, following it straight along the seawall all the way to the mile 11 point in the race. Runners then turn right on 83rd Street and head north toward the eventual finish line, which lies at Moody Gardens, whose familiar pyramid aquarium can be seen as runners are entering the home stretch to the finish line.
Weather & Climate
Located along the Texas Gulf coast, just over 50 miles southeast of Houston, the city of Galveston lies on the island of the same name and typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions in the late fall season, and its heaviest rainfall on average in September, the peak of the annual hurricane season. In November, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 71°F and 59°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.6 inches for the month.
$65 for the half marathon, if registered before October 1, 2011
$75 between Oct. 1 - November 16
To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of Galveston Island's Seawall Half Marathon, 10K or Crabwalk, register
online at the event website.
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