Saturday, April 6, 2019 • Abilene, KS • Course Map
For a race that combines a run across the expansive Kansas countryside with a small-town feel, the Eisenhower Marathon & Half Marathon has been well-received by past runners and spectators for its well-organized event stations and water stops as well as its finish line setup for participants and medal ceremonies.
Fast and largely flat (the course experiences a change of about 130 feet throughout the entire race), this is reportedly an excellent race for experienced runners as well first-time half-marathoners.
More than 440 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors crossed the finish line in all four races combined in 2016, including just over 180 finishers in the half marathon alone.
From the starting line at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Center Presidential Library and Museum on 4th Street, the half marathon course takes runners southward along Buckeye Avenue, crossing a bridge the Smoky Hill River on the route toward Brown Memorial Park.
Race participants run around the roads south of the park along 1935 Lane, and then return to Buckeye Avenue, where they continue running southward until they hit the turnaround point on Highway 15. Here, the course takes runners in reverse, heading back along 1900 Avenue and Hawk Road to Brown Memorial Park again, and then back across the river.
Throughout the race, the course features gently rolling hills and many areas (especially once runners cross the river) with little scenery to speak of — in the more rural sections of the course, it’s mainly wide open spaces.
Runners finish the race back where they started, at the Eisenhower Library and Museum on Buckeye Avenue.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along Interstate 70 in the eastern part of the state, roughly 90 miles north of Wichita and about 150 miles west of Kansas City, Mo., Abilene typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in April, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 15 degrees (in 1970) and as high as 98 degrees (in 1989).
On race day (April 6), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 69ºF.
- 2018 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Eisenhower Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon
- 7:30 AM – 10K, 5K
- $60 – $70 for the half marathon
- $85 – $95 for the full marathon
- $40 – $45 for the 10K
- $35 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Abilene’s Eisenhower Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at ChronoTrack.com here.
Official Race Website
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