Washington > Lacamas Lake Half Marathon & 4-Mile Run/Walk
Camas, WA • Sunday, July 22, 2012 • Course Map
The tree-lined country roads that surround the waters of Lake Lacamas here in southern Washington state, just across the Columbia River and the state border with Oregon from Portland to the south, are the setting for the annual summertime running of the Lake Lacamas Half Marathon, 4-Mile & 1K Kids Run, which takes more than 1,000 runners each year on an out-and-back race on the country roads and lakeside trails that surround both sides of the lake.
Runners start both the 13.1-mile half marathon and the four-mile race on the track and field area at Camas High School, where they make nearly one loop around the running track and then head out onto Northeast 43rd Avenue. The course makes one of its steepest downhill descents between the start and the first mile marker, and then flattens out for the next mile and a half or so as runners make their way northwest along the northern edge of the lake.
After runners follow the course around the northwest tip of the lake, the route next takes runners along the roads that run past the green, wide fairways of Camas Meadows Golf Course. The field takes a brief out-and-back loop between the mile 5 and 8 markers along Camas Meadows Drive down to Northwest Lake Road and back, and then returns back to Goodwin Road, where runners then turn right after passing through mile 8 onto Underwood Road.
The next stretch of the race, which unfolds along the Heritage Trail along the southern edge of the lake, features some of the race's most scenic views, especially of Oregon's nearby Mount Hood in the distance. This stretch of the course also marks a change from paved surfaces to dirt trails, and race organizers note that the hills along this stretch are much smaller than those earlier in the race.
The last mile or so of the race brings runners back onto paved roads when the field turns onto North Lake Road and begins the final 1.1 miles of the race back into Camas High School for the finish line, with turns on 38th Avenue, Hayes Street and 43rd Avenue before finishing back on the track at the school's track and field facility.
Weather & Climate
Located along the winding Columbia River on the state border between Washington and Oregon, the city of Camas typically experiences its warmest and driest weather of the year on average in July and August. In July, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 81°F and 54°F, while rainfall totals for the month average just under 3/4 of an inch. On the day of the race (July 22), the average high is 83°F and the average low is 55°F.
View the map for the Lacamas Lake Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by July 1, 2012
$65 between July 2 - 15
$75 between July 15 - 19
To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2012 running of Camas's Lacamas Lake Half Marathon, 4-Mile Run/Walk or Kids 1K race, visit the event website.
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