Alabama > Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, 5K & 1K
Talladega, AL • Sunday, September 14, 2014 • Course Map
Featuring a loop course that takes runners around the world-famous Talladega Superspeedway, the Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, 5K and one-mile fun run and walk sees its 6th annual running in 2014, after a 2013 race that saw more than 770 runners cross the finish line in the race's "21000" distance (for 21,000 meters, or 21K, equaling 13.1 miles).
At last year's running, the race moved from the spring to the late summer/early fall, and changed its race distance offering from the former half marathon and 2-mile race to a half marathon, 5K "Lap Around the Track" and one-mile fun run & walk, which honors prostate cancer survivors. As in past years, runners will have 3 1/2 hours to complete the half marathon, and 50 minutes to complete the 5K.
From the starting line on the race track's Pit Road, runners begin a loop around the speedway heading south along what is called the apron, a 12-ft.-wide stretch that looks over onto the inclined bank, where NASCAR drivers speed along and where you'll no doubt be amazed that the cars are able to make it around safely. After making their way around the track's southern end (near the second turn for drivers) they begin heading northward again along the eastern side of the track, and exit the raceway on the third turn.
The race course next follows a service road that overlooks the third and fourth turns, which takes runners to the next stretch of the race outside the track, through the entrance gates on its western side and onto a series of roads just to the west of the speedway. Runners make what could roughly be described as a semi-loop along these roads, and then head back into the raceway for the second half of the race.
After some turns onto a service road and then up toward the west grandstands area (a stretch that includes the steepest hill of the race), runners then head into the pancake-flat raceway infield, where race-day partiers converge. The last couple of miles of the race make one last loop around the speedway as runners finish the race where drivers also finish during their race, and where a checkered flag awaits.
The half marathon will be limited to the first 1,500 entrants, while the 5K will be limited to the first 800 entrants. Proceeds from the race benefit prostate cancer research, education and patient support programs at the University of Alabama-Birmingham's Division of Urology.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central Alabama, just over 50 miles east of Birmingham, the Talladega area typically experiences warm and often hot weather in the late summer season, as September has brought record temperatures here as low as 35°F (in 1967) and as high as 103°F (in 1954).
||Day of Race
||Rain: 3.51 in.
||Snow: 0 in.
See the race route map for the Talladega 21000 Half Marathon
7:30 AM - half marathon
7:45 AM - 5K
See race website
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2014 running of the Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, 5K Lap Around the Track or the 1-mile Fun Run & Walk, register online at RunSignUp.com.
Official Race Website
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