Snake River Canyon Half Marathon

Saturday, March 5, 2016 • Pullman, WA • Course Map

Featuring a course that winds along the highway at the base of the towering canyons overlooking the Snake River that flows through the southeastern corner of Washington State, the Snake River Canyon Half Marathon saw more than 490 runners cross the finish line at the event’s 2014 running.

The Palouse Road Runners, the local running club that organizes the event, reports that runners shouldn’t necessarily expect frigid temperatures every year, as the weather is typically warmer this time of year in the area where the race is run.

Flat and paved throughout, the race starts at Wawawai Landing in Wawawai Canyon, the site of the Washington State University boat landing area, and takes runners along the river at an elevation of about 720 feet above sea level for most of the race.

Runners can expect an elevation change of only about 20 feet during the race, which reaches its turnaround point just as runners have passed Water Canyon, where race organizers will be waiting to point you back in the right direction toward the finish line back at the boat landing area.

The Snake River Canyon race is open to runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors, and takes place roughly 16 miles from the town of Pullman (and about 26 miles northwest of Clarkson, Wash.). The scheduled starting time for the race for all runners and walkers — the race is open to both — is 10:00 AM.

The course time limit for all participants — runners and walkers — is 3 1/2 hours, which means you’ll need to keep a pace of 16 minutes per mile or faster.

Near the Snake River south of Pullman, Washington. (Photo by Robert Ashworth/flickr)

Near the Snake River south of Pullman, Washington. (Photo by Robert Ashworth/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in southeastern Washington, just minutes from the state border with Idaho, the town of Pullman typically experiences cool to cold conditions and usually only occasional precipitation in the late weeks of winter.

On race day (March 5), the average low is 30ºF and the average high is 46ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Snake River Canyon Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

10:00 AM


See race website


Registration for the 2016 Snake River Canyon Half Marathon will open in December 2015.

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