Washington > You Go Girl! Half Marathon & 10K
Tacoma, WA • Sunday, September 15, 2013 • Course Map
Just over 1,000 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined at the second annual running of Tacoma's You Go Girl! Half Marathon & 10K in the late summer of 2012, along a point-to-point course that takes runners along the shoreline of Commencement Bay and features spectacular views of Mount Rainier off in the distance.
As you probably guessed from its name, the You Go Girl! race is designed especially to honor and encourage women's athletics and health, and to benefit women in the Tacoma area. The beneficiary for the race is the locally-based YWCA of Pierce County, which started the first domestic violence shelter for women anywhere in the state back in 1976 and continues to provide a wide range of services for an estimated 12,000 women and children every year today.
Runners will start the race -- which also features a "Little Girl 1K run" later in the morning in addition to the 13.1-mile and 10K race distances -- at 8:45 AM near the corner of 9th and Market Streets in downtown Tacoma. From there, the race takes runners and walkers -- the race is open to both -- first on a quick out-and-back stretch down Market Street, all the way to the race's first turnaround point at the intersection with 27th Street. From there, it's back up Market all the way to the turn on South 4th Street, which takes the field over toward Wright Park.
Built in the late 1800s and designed to mimic British urban parks, Wright Park is a 27-acre public park filled with wide-open green space, an arboretum with more than 700 trees and the Seymour Botanical Conservatory and greenhouse near the park's center. Runners make their way all the way around the park's four edges, running along South g Street, South 6th Street, I Street and Division Avenue before turning again onto South G Street, after which they re-join the route they just ran on South 4th Street by turning left.
The next mile or so unfolds along a quick downhill as runners make their way between the mile 4 and mile 5 markers along South 4th Street and St. Helens Avenue. Runners remain on St. Helens for about a mile, passing by the Children's Museum of Tacoma along the way, all the way down to the left turn onto South 13th Street, where they then head toward the waterfront and out onto Dock Street.
Here, runners begin the stretch that will take them out to Puget Sound, and which will remain virtually flat for the entire remainder of the race.
The second half of the race is basically one long out-and-back stretch, taking runners (and walkers) along Dock Street to the Schuster Parkway, and then onto Ruston Way all the way past Marine Park to the race's second turnaround point.
Once runners make the turn, they then head back in the opposite direction along the route they've just run, all the way back down to the turn on South 4th Street, where they finish the race at the Dock Street Landing.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shores of Washington's Puget Sound in the state's northwest corner, roughly 30 miles south of Seattle, Tacoma typically sees September temperatures that average between 51°F and 71°F and rainfall amounts average just over 1.4 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Sept. 15), the average low is 51°F and the average high is 72°F.
View the map for the You Go Girl! Half Marathon
$70 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2013
$75 between April 1 - May 31
$80 between June 1 - July 31
$90 between August 1 - September 12
$95 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2013 running of Tacoma's You Go Girl Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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