Saturday, February 9, 2019 • Valdosta, GA • Course Map
The mid-February date ought to bring perfect weather for running here in the south Georgia city of Valdosta at the fourth annual running of the Hospice Half Marathon & Dewey Color Dash 5K Run/Walk, set for the weekend following Valentine’s Day in February.
The brainchild of local running enthusiast Leanna Greene and her family, whose grandfather had received care at the Valdosta-based Langdale Hospice House, the race is designed as a fundraiser to assist in the care of the patients living today at the hospice, to ensure they receive the best possible care and treatment and to improve their quality of life and comfort.
Runners will start the out-and-back course for the race at the Dasher Church of Christ, which lies in the community of Dasher just south of Valdosta off Highway 41.
From there, runners will head out onto the streets of the areas south of Valdosta, which runners should expect to be largely flat and fast, thanks to Valdosta’s location on the mostly flat coastal plain region of southern Georgia.
The scenery and terrain here in this southern town that lies just miles from the Georgia-Florida state line offers a big change from runners accustomed to taking part in big-city races, as Valdosta lies within short drives of Georgia’s Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to the east and Florida’s Osceola National Forest to the southeast.
New for this year, the Color Run series will sponsor the Dewey Dash, which will now become the 5K Dewey Color Dash — you’ll be sprayed and showered in all the colors of the rainbow when you cross the finish line.
The course time limit for the half marathon is 3 hours, and participants in the half must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along Interstate 75 down near the southern state line with Florida, about 230 miles south of Atlanta and just over 120 miles west of Jacksonville, Fla., Valdosta typically sees February temperatures between 41°F and 66°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 4.4 inches for the month.
- 2014 Hospice Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Hospice Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Hospice Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 10:30 AM – 5K Color Run
- $45 – $50 for the half marathon
- $25 – $30 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Valdosta’s Hospice Half Marathon or Dewey Dash 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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