Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Yerevan, Armenia • Course Map
Take a run through one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth — a place where east meets west along the Hrazdan River, framed by the extinct volcanic peaks of Mount Ararat to the south and Mount Aragats and Mount Azhdaak to the north — at this autumn half marathon, timed to coincide with one of the best times to visit the Armenian capital city.
Start and finish near Republic Square. You’ll follow an out-and-back course for the half marathon, much of which will take you past several of the city’s many parks that it’s famous for, including Circular Park in the Kentron district, in the city’s dense center.
Along the way you’ll pass by Republic Square, which took roughly 50 years to build, on the way out past the park, where you’ll pass by a number of historic sculptures as you run along Isahakyan Street, and then later out toward the Hrazdan River gorge, where you’ll run along both sides of the river.
That long out-and-back is followed by a run almost the entire way around Republic Square, before bringing you across the finish line next to Shahumyan Park.
In addition to the half marathon and the full marathon, the race will also host an 11.5K and 5K distance races, as well as a 1K kids race for children 3 to 12 years old. (The 11.5K welcomes runners 16 years old and older, while the 5K is open to kids as young as 13.)
All photos courtesy Yerevan Marathon & Half Marathon
Race Weather & Climate
Lying at an elevation of about 3,248 feet above sea level and located just over a dozen miles from Armenia’s western border with Turkey, Yerevan typically sees temperatures between the upper 40s and the low 70s in October, which is also considered one of the city’s best months to visit thanks to its generally benign, drier and sunnier conditions than the summer months.
- Oct. 21 average low temp: 43ºF
- Oct. 21 average high temp: 66ºF
- 8:00 AM – full marathon
- 9:00 AM – half marathon
Course Time Limit
- 3 1/2 hours for the half marathon
- 5 1/2 hours for the full marathon
- 10000 – 13000 Armenian drams for the half marathon (about $20 – $26 U.S.)
- 16500 – 20000 Armenian drams for the full marathon (about $34 – $41 U.S.)
- 7500 – 10000 Armenian drams for the 11.5K (about $15 – $20 U.S.)
- 5500 – 8000 Armenian drams for the 5K (about $11 – $16 U.S.)
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Coca-Cola Yerevan Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at the race website here.
Official Race Website
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