California > Five Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Pomona, CA • Sunday, October 9, 2011 • Course Map
Set for its inaugural running in the early fall season of 2011, along the city streets and highways that connect five cities in Southern California's East San Gabriel Valley -- Pomona, San Dimas, La Verne, Glendora and Claremont, Calif. -- the Five Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is the second of a pair of races hosted by the Ontario, Calif.-based running company of the same name.
While the first of the company's two races -- June's Guns 'N Hoses Half Marathon & 5K in Ontario -- was timed to coincide with that city's annual Western States Police & Fire Games festival, the Five Cities race isn't timed for a specific event as much as it is designed to welcome and celebrate runners from the local area, as the first and second place winners in each race will receive a special medal for the city in which they reside, if they hail from one of the race's "five cities."
Runners in the half marathon, like those running the 26.2-mile full marathon, will start the race at the intersection of Bonita Avenue and Metropolitan Place in La Verne. From there -- both races will start at 6:30 AM -- runners will follow an out-and-back course that shares the first four and a half miles or so after the start. At that point, at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Eucla Avenue in San Dimas, those running the half will split off and turn right on Eucla, while those running the full marathon will continue on west toward Charter Oak and Glendora along Arrow Highway.
The terrain for the race is paved streets and highways throughout, and the elevation mostly descends over the first four and a half miles of the race. In fact, the race reaches its lowest point for those running the half marathon at the point where the half and the full runners split; from there, at the turn onto Eucla, the course then starts ascending again, climbing about 200 feet over the course of the next three miles, as runners make their way through San Dimas along 5th Street, San Dimas Avenue, Allen Avenue, Walnut Avenue and Baseline Road.
Once runners make the turn onto San Dimas Canyon Road, the course then begins descending again, though very gradually over the next mile as runners head south back toward Arrow Highway. Here, runners turn back onto Arrow and retrace their steps of the route they ran earlier in the race, heading back through the campus of the University of La Verne all the way back toward the starting line area.
Instead of turning onto Fulton Road to head back to the start, however, there's a final loop around Towne Avenue and Bonita Avenue, to bring runners back to the start for the race finish. Organizers note that both runners and walkers are welcome to participate, provided they can keep a pace of 15 minutes per mile or better.
Weather & Climate
Located in Southern California, just under 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Pomona typically sees mild to moderately warm and usually very dry weather in October, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 80°F and 53°F, and rainfall totals average just over 0.6 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 9), the average high is 82°F and the average low is 54°F.
View the race route map for the Five Cities Half Marathon
$90 for the half marathon, if registered by October 6, 2011
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2011 running of Pomona's Five Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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