Washington > Berry Dairy Days Half Marathon, 10K & 2-Mile Fun Run
Burlington, WA • Saturday, June 15, 2013 • Course Map
Fast and flat, the Berry Dairy Days Half Marathon in Burlington, Washington is a terrific course for a new PR. The small number of entrants mean less time winding through the crowds and more time to race for a fast finish.
Located in the heart of Skagit Valley and only 60 miles from Seattle, Burlington has great small town appeal, combined with the Skagit River on the west side of town, which offers scenic views for racers throughout the middle section of the course.
Runners will convene at the corner of Fairhaven Avenue and Oak Street to line up at the starting line. The first mile will head due east on Fairhaven Avenue, taking runners from the town center through a more residential portion of town. Right before the first mile marker, runners will take a left turn onto Gardner Road.
After a few blocks, runners will make a left onto Lafayette Road and make their way further out of town. A hydration station is located just before the second mile marker. The course runs parallel to Cascade Highway, aptly named for the Cascade Mountains that surround Burlington to the east.
Right after mile marker 3, runners will be able to take advantage of the second hydration station and then they make a right turn onto Sterling Road. This stretch of the race will take runners down to the shoreline of the Skagit River. The river is home to five species of salmon and two kinds of trout. Additionally, it supports the largest wintering bald eagle population in the continental United States.
Once racers get to the end of Sterling Road, they will loop back on the course for another 2 1/2 miles. There is another hydration station located at the loop turn. Following Sterling Road to Lafayette Road, they will make a left turn at around the halfway point and follow the path parallel to the Skagit River. The next 5 miles unfold along the river on a beautiful portion of the course, down to where it intersects with Whitmarsh Road and makes a small loop to return back to town. A water stop is located at the loop.
Runners will begin to head back to town, and the finish line, once they turn onto Gardner Road. Mile marker 12 is just before Sunset Drive. The final 1.1 miles will take runners back to Fairhaven Avenue where they will race towards the finish line and collect their medals. A parade will immediately take place after the race so runners are encouraged to stick around and enjoy the fun.
By Carissa Liebowitz, contributing writer for HalfMarathons.Net
Race Weather & Climate
Burlington enjoys a mild climate year-round and June should bring great weather for running. Average high temperatures during the month fall in the upper 60s and average lows are in the high 40s and low 50s. Summers tend to be a drier part of the year, but a shower is possible with an average monthly rainfall of just over 2.1 inches.
On the day of the race (June 15), the average low is 49°F and the average high is 68°F.
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$30 for the half marathon, if registered before June 15, 2013
$35 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the early summer 2013 running of Burlington's Berry Dairy Days Half Marathon, 10K or 2-mile fun run, register online at Active.com.
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