Set for its second annual night-time running here in California's Central Valley region, the Modesto Midnight Half Marathon and 2-Mile Fun Run features a newly designed, single-loop course for 2010 that starts and finishes along downtown Modesto's 10th Street Plaza area, and is designed as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Salvation Army.
From the starting line near the intersection of 10th and J Streets, runners head southeast along 10th Street to E Street, which takes them through more sections of the city's downtown areas. Next are turns on Kelley Street, Loma Vista Way and La Loma Avenue before runners then turn left on Buena Vista Drive and Encina Drive, which they follow for a long flat straightaway stretch for roughly the next mile and a half.
The next stretch of the race takes runners through sections of the city that are more residential, passing by local parks like Riverside Park and the golf course located alongside Dry Creek. The race route keeps unfolding with turns on Penny Lane, Lincoln Avenue, Dry Creek Drive and Creekwood Drive before hitting about the half-way point of the race, in the brief loop section around Garst Road and La Coste Lane.
After runners make the turn back off Garst and onto Claus Road, they then head north for the second half of the race, much of which unfolds along Scenic Drive, overlooking the Dry Creek area. This tributary of California's Tuolmne River features parks, trails and pathways with a range of outdoor recreation opportunities, from golf to running, biking, hiking and walking. Runners keep going along Scenic Drive for nearly three miles, passing by Dry Crek Regional Park, Thousand Oaks Park and Moose Park before hitting the mile 12 marker, and the home stretch back into Modesto's downtown for the race finish line.
The race for both those running in the 13.1-mile half marathon and the two-mile fun run actually begins at 9:00 PM, to allow runners to finish the race by midnight. Runners will need to remember to take extra care as they run along the race route through the evening darkness, and should consider wearing reflective running gear and/or bring flashlights with them along the course.
Weather & Climate
Located in the Central Valley region of Northern California, roughly 90 miles east of San Francisco and just over 65 miles east of Yosemite National Park, the city of Modesto typically experiences mild to quite hot weather conditions in the late summertime daylight hours, with little to no rainfall. In August, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 92°F and 61°F -- on Aug. 28, the average high is 91°F and the average low is 60°F, and temperatures at night should be nearer the lower end of that spectrum.
$50 for the half marathon, if registered before July 11, 2010
$55 between July 12 - August 21
$62 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the summer 2010 running of California's Modesto Midnight Half Marathon or 2-mile race, register online at Active.com
or print out and mail in this downloadable entry form
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