Washington > Walla Walla Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
Walla Walla, WA • Sunday, October 13, 2013 • Course Map
Runners get the chance to trek through the city streets of one of the Pacific Northwest's emerging wine growing regions at the Walla Walla Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K race, which marks its 6th annual running in mid-October 2013, after a 2012 race that saw just over 250 runners cross the finish line in all races combined, including 211 finishers in the half marathon alone.
The race follows an out-and-back loop course through the Walla Walla Valley in which the city lies, and which has gained recognition in recent years from several of the country's top wine publications as an up-and-coming center for wine growing -- starting off with just one winery in 1977, the city and the surrounding valley region have since added more than 100 wineries, with more than 1,500 acres of vineyards spread across its hills and agricultural fields.
From the starting and finish line in Walla Walla's Pioneer Park, runners head out on a counter-clockwise loop route through the city, first west along Whitman Street and then a right turn to head south on Division Street. The race route keeps making its way south along Bryant Avenue and then Howard Street, which takes runners all the way down to Prospect Road, where they'll turn right and head west in parallel with the river valley just to the south of Prospect.
The course follows roughly an all downhill route for the first five miles as runners make their way south from the park toward the rivers, and then west along the valley as they head toward nearly the half-way point of the race along Peppers Bridge Road. Here the course turns left twice and then begins heading east again along the southern side of the valley, and then the terrain begins rising again, climbing some 250 feet between its lowest point between miles 5 and 6 to its highest point of just over 1,000 feet above sea level, around the mile 10 marker.
Once runners make it past the mile 10 marker, they begin the northward stretch over the last three miles that take them back toward Pioneer Park, passing by Walla Walla High School along the long, often tree-lined stretch along Fern Street back toward the park. There's a few turns as runners make their way around the western edge of the park to head in to the finish line, just off Sasayama Drive.
While runners in the half marathon will have completed their race here, those running the full marathon will make the same loop course again to complete 26.2 miles before heading into Pioneer Park for their finish.
Weather & Climate
Located just miles from the Washington-Oregon border in the state's southeastern corner, roughly 270 miles southeast of Seattle, Walla Walla typically sees October temperatures that average between 44°F and 66°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 1.7 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 13), the average low is 44°F and the average high is 68°F.
View the race route map for the Walla Walla Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by September 16, 2013
$65 between Sept. 17 - 28
$70 after Sept. 28
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of the Walla Walla Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at SignMeUp.com.
Official Race Website
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