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Washington > Sage Rat Run Half Marathon, 12K & 5K
Sunnyside, WA  •  Saturday, May 17, 2014  •  Course Map

Set for its 5th annual running in the late spring of 2013, the "Sage Rat Run" Half Marathon Fun Run takes runners through Washington State's Lower Yakima Valley, a stretch of terrain nestled between this southern part of the state's Rattlesnake Hills that is home to the rodent known as the sage rat, or Townsend's Ground Squirrel, who emerge from their winter hibernation in the early part of the spring all around the area.

Runners are likely to encounter a number of sage rat sightings along the 13.1-mile route for the race, which starts in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot in the small city of Sunnyside and takes runners along the Lower Yakima Valley Pathway, a paved biking, walking and running trail that stretches 14 miles between Grandview and Sunnyside.

The trail takes runners southeast from Sunnyside through Grandview and all the way to the nearby town of Prosser, where the race finish line lies at that city's Chamber of Commerce building on Southwest Bennett Avenue. Along the route, runners can expect largely flat, even terrain as the asphalt trail is designed to make walking and running as smooth an experience as possible between the communities it serves.

What runners shouldn't expect, the race organizers note, is an especially scenic course, even though the race takes place in southern Washington State's wine country region -- though there are some vineyards and wineries just off the Lower Yakima Pathway that runners will be able to see in the distance, the path also runs parallel to Interstate 82 and the nearby Wine Country Road.

It also has its "fair share of tumbleweeds, puncture-vine and an abundance of Black-billed Magpies just waiting for you to collapse," they add.

Instead, the organizers add, what the race offers is both a great sense of cameraderie and friendliness thanks largely to the event's small field of runners, plus the chance to contribute to a worthy cause -- proceeds from the race go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska, which provides a "home-away-from-home" for families of children with serious illnesses who are being treated at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Age group awards will be presented in the half marathon for the following age groups: Under 16, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and above.

Race Weather & Climate

Located central southern Washington, roughly 177 miles southeast of Seattle and about 180 miles northeast of Portland, Ore., Sunnyside typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-spring season, and mostly dry weather year-round.

May Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 47°F Low: 47°F Rain: 0.61 in.
High: 76°F High: 76°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the map for the Sage Rat Run Half Marathon


See race website


To reserve your spot in the late spring 2014 running of Sunnyside's Sage Rat Run Half Marathon, 12K or 5K race, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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