Saturday, August 5, 2017 • Anacortes, WA • Course Map
Timed to coincide with this small coastal city’s annual Anacortes Arts Festival — which draws some of the region’s best painters, musicians, artisans and culinary artists — the Art Dash Half Marathon, 10K & 5K makes its 11th annual running with an out-and-back route that takes runners along the Tommy Thompson Parkway trail along Fidalgo Bay.
Runners start the half marathon in from of the City Hall building in downtown Anacortes, at the intersection of 6th Street and Q Avenue. From there, the 13.1-mile route takes runners south along Q Avenue for roughly a mile before turning them onto the Tommy Thompson Trail, the three-mile-long former railway line that has been converted into a paved running, walking and jogging trail along the waters of Fidalgo Bay.
The course takes runners southeast along the trail for the next two miles until they cross the trestle bridge over the bay and head into March Point, where they’ll make a loop around the northernmost part of the point.
At March’s Point Road, runners start what will be a counter-clockwise loop around the point, heading east along North Texas Road, north along East March Point Road and south along March’s Point Road before re-joining the Tommy Thompson Parkway to make the return route back into Anacortes for the race finish.
The final four miles of the race are a re-tracing of the steps runners ran in the first half, just in the opposite direction this time. Along the way, runners should be able to spy blackberries and salmonberries growing on the hills that rise up on one side of the trail, while the Mount Baker Ski Resort could also be visible in the distance, depending on the race day weather.
The finish line for the race actually lies a few blocks past the starting line, as runners will continue on past the 6th Street & Q Avenue intersection where they started and continue three blocks to 3rd Street.
Here, they’ll turn left and then turn again right onto Commercial Avenue, where they’ll head toward the water for the race finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located on Fidalgo Island in the state’s northwestern corner, across the Juan de Fuca Strait from the Canadian port city of Victoria and roughly 70 miles northwest of Seattle, Anacortes sees some of its warmest and driest weather in August, when its temperatures average between 53°F and 72°F.
On race day (Aug. 5), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 73ºF.
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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