Texas > The Duel Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K Ultra & 5K
Wichita Falls, TX • Saturday, January 19 & Sunday, January 20, 2013 • Course Map
Runners will get to choose between either a Saturday or a Sunday run, and between two different types of trail terrain, at the newly renamed "Duel" Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K Ultramarathon, which takes runners on either the dirt trail known as the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail here in Wichita Falls, or on the paved running, walking and biking Wichita River Trail, depending on which day and race they choose.
For runners who wish to tackle what the race organizers describe as the "world famous" Wee-Chi-Tah Trail -- a roughly 12-mile-long dirt trail that winds along a bend in the Wichita River near Lucy Park in Wichita Falls, which is also home to the "world's littlest skyscraper," the Newby-McMahon Building on LaSalle Street -- Saturday's your day, and you can run a 13.1-mile, 26.2-mile or 50K (about 31 miles) ultra race on the trail starting at 8:00 AM for the full and the 50K, and 8:30 AM for the half marathon.
Runners who want to stay on paved surfaces can run any of those three distances on Sunday on the paved Wichita Falls Circle Trail, which stretches between Lucy Park at its westernmost point all the way along the bend in the river to the Wee-Chi-Tah Sculpture, which is located near the Front Street bridge that spans the river, and just across the Wichita River from O'Reilly Park.
The sculpture, which depicts a Native American woman from the Comanche tribe waist-deep in the river to test its depth while the rest of her party waits along the riverbank, was inspired by the legend of the "Crossing" here, from which the city gets its name ("Wee-chi-tah" means "waist deep").
The starting and finish line for the race lies just off the trail, near the Kay Yeager Coliseum along Kell Boulevard. From there, runners head out on the out-and-back courses for each of the races, and runners will also be able to choose the 5K if they wish (the 5K will be run only on Sunday).
Race Weather & Climate
Located just 15 miles south of the Texas-Oklahoma border, about 140 miles northwest of Dallas and roughly 140 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, Okla., Wichita Falls typically sees January temperatures that average between 54°F and 30°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 1.1 inches for the month, making January the city's driest month of the year.
On the days of the race (Jan. 19 and 20), the average high is 52°F and the average low is 29°F on both days.
View the race route map for the Duel Half Marathon
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To reserve your spot in the winter 2013 running of Wichita Falls's The Duel Marathon, Half Marathon or 50K Ultramarathon, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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