The Gambler Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, April 19, 2015 • Council Bluffs, IA • Course Map

Set for its annual springtime running here along the east bank of the Missouri River that winds through the central Plains, Council Bluffs’ The Gambler Half Marathon & 5K is definitely an event that has the right name — its starting and finish lines were inspired by the old starting line at the Harrah’s Casino on the riverfront.

Runners also follow an out-and-back course, starting at the Mid-America Center on Arena Way. From there, the race uses of a combination of downtown city streets and portions of the city’s running trails system, several of which have just opened up for recreational use in the past few years.

Paved and mostly flat throughout thanks to Iowa’s terrain, the trails criss-cross through the city and link up many of its parks and riverfront areas.

The scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 8:00 AM and age group awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. Just over 430 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined in 2014, including 285 finishers in the half marathon alone.

The half-way turnaround point of the half marathon lies at Lake Manawa, Iowa. (Photo by Beatrice Murch/flickr)

The half-way turnaround point of the half marathon lies at Lake Manawa, Iowa. (Photo by Beatrice Murch/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the winding Missouri River here in southwestern Iowa, just across the river from Omaha, Neb., Council Bluffs typically sees April temperatures that average between 40°F and 63°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 2.9 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (April 19), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 65°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Gambler Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:05 AM – 5K

Fees

  • $55 for the half marathon, if registered by February 28, 2015
  • $60 between March 1 – April 16
  • $65 between April 17 – 18
  • No registrations on the day of the race

Registration

To reserve your spot in the spring 2015 running of Council Bluffs’ The Gambler Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.

Official Race Website

www.thegamblerhalf.com

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