California > Pleasanton Half Marathon & Family Run
Pleasanton, CA • Sunday, May 5, 2013 • Course Map
Looking for a chance to PR on your next half-marathon? Look no further than the Pleasanton Half-Marathon in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. 'Don't worry, it's dead flat' states the elevation chart. The town of Pleasanton has a rich history including the transition from Indian ranchera country to gold rush-era gunfights, and is one of the cities along the route of the First Transcontinental Railroad and features a number of historic buildings that date back to the mid-19th century.
The loop course of the race begins and ends in Pleasanton Sports Park. This huge park boasts multiple soccer, baseball, and multi-sport fields and provides a perfect starting point to convene for a race. Approximately 2,000 runners are expected to race in either the half marathon or 5K in this inaugural event.
Runners line up at the eastern edge of the park and race along the perimeter during the first mile. As they the reach the westernmost portion, racers loop back towards the starting line. At mile 1.5, racers finally exit the park area and begin their journey around Pleasanton. The course leads runners along the Arroyo Trail which they will have a chance to enjoy for 1.75 miles before returning to pavement. Water and Gatorade are available at all aid stations and runners can begin to quench their thirst just before mile marker 2.
Just past mile 3, racers go out and back on a loop that takes them past the northernmost Shadow Lakes area. These lakes are popular for swimming and fishing and are a great perk to Pleasanton residents. The course snakes through Amaral Park and another aid station awaits runners on the other side of mile 4. Heading south down Martin Avenue, runners get another great view of the lake on their left side.
Runners continue to head south and into a more commercial district of Pleasanton. After turning left on Neal Street before mile marker 6, racers will enter the downtown area. Mile 7 provides beautiful views of the Pleasanton Golf Center, a public golf course with a driving range and kid's programs. Runners will have a chance to rehydrate after mile 8 and then hop on the Arroyo Trail once again around mile 8.6. Heading north, the trail runs parallel to nearby I-680, a main corridor for the town's traffic.
The final water stop is just before mile 10 and the course starts to head towards the finish line soon thereafter. A sharp right at mile 10.3 guides runners east towards the Pleasanton Sports Park. Racers enter the park just before mile 12 and finish their final 1.1 miles from the south side of the sports fields. The finish chute awaits runners on the west side of the park next to Hopyard Road. Finishers receive a medal and will have a chance to enjoy a great festival with food and beer.
By Carissa Liebowitz, contributing writer for HalfMarathons.Net
Race Weather & Climate
Runners will enjoy the great weather of the San Francisco Bay area, as cool mornings and comfortable afternoon temperatures should make for ideal race weather. Average lows are in the mid-40's and average highs are in the mid-70's.
Average race day temperatures are 75°F for the high and 7°F for the low. Late April in Pleasanton is usually fairly dry, so you can expect to leave your rain gear at home.
View the race route map for the Pleasanton Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of the Pleasanton Half Marathon or Family Run, register online at RaceMine.com.
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