Sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the beaches and bluffs, and Half Moon Bay itself are on display for runners at the late spring/early summer running of the Pillar Point Run, which features a half marathon, 10K and fun run and marks its 8th annual running along the shoreline in mid-June 2011.
The race serves also as a fundraiser for the locally based Coastside Child Development Center, which provides educational programs and services for families and children that are focused on preparing children in the first five years of life for kindergarten and the later school years. As runners near the southernmost turnaround point of the race near Redondo Beach, they'll actually be running just a stone's throw from the center's offices on Redondo Beach Road.
Runners will start all three races in the event at Johnson Pier in Pillar Point Harbor, just south of the Half Moon Bay airport and near El Granada and Miramar. From there, runners will head out onto the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, which winds its way southward along the shoreline for roughly the first five miles or so of the course, and then takes runners through a residential neighborhood and onto a dirt section of the route for nearly two miles.
The race route is virtually flat for nearly the entire race course and paved for most of the race as well, of course with the exception of the dirt trail stretch near the southernmost point of the half marathon (the 10K is run entirely on paved surfaces). Along the way, runners are likely to see beachgoers taking in the surf and perhaps even horseback riders along portions of the route, which will likely be windy thanks to its location along the shoreline.
The half marathon is scheduled for an 8:00 AM starting time, followed by the 10K at 8:30 AM and the family fun run at 8:45 AM, and organizers note that this flat course (combined with usually very mild and dry weather) should make it excellent for setting personal record times.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Northern California coastline overlooking the bay of the same name, roughly 30 miles south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay typically sees mild to moderately warm and usually very dry weather in June, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 63°F and 50°F. On the day of the race (June 12), the average high is 63°F and the average low is 50°F, while rainfall totals average just over a quarter of an inch for the month.
To reserve your spot in the early summer 2011 running of Half Moon Bay's Pillar Point Half Marathon, 10K or Fun Run, register online at Active.com
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