Washington > Mother's Day Half Marathon & 5K
Kirkland, WA • Sunday, May 11, 2014 • Course Map
More than 1,800 runners and walkers come out each year for the annual late spring running of Washington's Mother's Day Half Marathon & 5K, both of which take participants on a tour of the boroughs of this waterfront city that lies in the northwestern part of the state, just a short drive from nearby Seattle.
(The race was formerly known as the Kirkland Half Marathon & 5K, and was renamed the Mother's Day Half Marathon for 2014.)
Both races in the event follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the city's Juanita Beach Park, which overlooks the waters of Juanita Bay just north of Kirkland's downtown district. From there, runners in the half marathon follow a clockwise loop route through the city, which takes them first northward and eastward into the Juanita and South Juanita neighborhoods of the city.
As the first half of the race unfolds, runners make their way along what is essentially a series of hills from the starting line at Juanita Beach to just past the mid-way point of the race, as runners are passing along the northern edge of Kirkland's City Park and Bridle Trails State Park, a 482-acre park thick with forested trails and known for its horse trails and equestrian facilities, and which lies just a short distance from the Microsoft campus in nearby Redmond.
Once runners make their way past the park, the race route then begins its descent from its peak elevation around the mile 7 marker, and runners experience the race's steepest downhill stretch between miles 7 and 9.
After runners pass the mile 9 marker, the course is mostly flat on the way in to the finish line, though runners can expect some smaller hills between miles 11 and 12 as they run the stretch along the shore through downtown.
It's this stretch of the race that's really the reward, as runners enjoy the breezes coming off the lake and the views of the water after the challenging hills earlier out on the course. The final mile of the race takes runners around the curve of Juanita Bay, one of the region's best-cared-for urban wildlife preserves, and then back to the finish line at the park.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shoreline of Lake Washington, just over a 12-mile drive by car from nearby Seattle, Kirkland typically experiences mild to moderately cool (and occasionally still cold) conditions in the late spring.
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||Rain: 2.1 in.
See the map for the Mother's Day Half Marathon
7:00 AM - half marathon, walkers
7:30 AM - half marathon, runners
8:00 AM - 5K
$45 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2013
$55 between January 1 - February 11
$65 between Feb. 12 - May 10
$75 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2014 running of the Mother's Day Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com.
Official Race Website
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