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Washington > Discovery Trail Half Marathon
Long Beach, WA  •  Saturday, September 13, 2014  •  Course Map

Set along the beaches looking out onto the Pacific Ocean here along the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington State, an area named one of the nation's best beaches by ForbesTraveler.com and known for its wide, expansive beaches as well as its shopping, restaurants and local museums, the Discovery Trail Half Marathon marks its 6th annual running in 2014.

Runners looking for a real change of pace from urban runs will be hard pressed to find one that's more unlike a big-city half marathon, as the Beach to Chowder race takes participants on a route that's run mostly along the shores of Long Beach. The race begins at the area known as the Long Beach arch, and follows a winding out-and-back race that starts out taking runners northward toward the area's North Trail Head, by the condominiums known as the Breaker's Condos.

Once they make the turnaround at the Breaker's Condos, runners then head back along the route they've just run for another two miles and continue heading southward along the beach, with stretches along the boardwalk that runs through dunes along the oceanfront. Runners then follow the route all the way southward to the second turnaround point near the area known as Beard's Hollow, just north of Cape Disappointment State Park, and then head back up along the beach back to the arch for the finish.

Thanks in large part to its location along the beach, the race is almost all flat and fast, though the terrain includes a combination of paved surfaces, beach boardwalk and sand and dirt trails along the shoreline. The trail also takes runners through the historic Beard's Hollow, which unfolds along the path taken by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Pacific coastline of the southwestern corner of Washington State, just over 140 miles southwest of Tacoma, Long Beach typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather in the late summer and early fall, and only rarely sees its temperatures rise above the 60s, even in the peak of summer.

September Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 48°F Low: 48°F Rain: 3.29 in.
High: 67°F High: 67°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the map for the Discovery Trail Half Marathon

Starting Time

9:00 AM


$70 for the half marathon, if registered before September 1, 2014
$75 between Sept. 1 and race day


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2014 running of Long Beach's Discovery Trail Half Marathon or Beach to Chowder 5K or 10K races, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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