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California > Run The River Marathon, Half Marathon & Ultramarathon
Sacramento, CA



Saturday, November 14, 2009

Event Details

Set for its second annual running in the fall of 2009, the Run The River Marathon, Half Marathon & Ultramarathon takes runners along the American River Parkway, a roughly 30-mile-long biking, hiking, running and recreational trails that follows the river of the same name between Folsom and Sacramento, and features beautifully scenic views of the river as well as runs through several local parks between the race start and finish lines.

More than 400 runners crossed the finish line in all four races combined at the event's fall 2008 running, which followed the same course that will be used in 2009, a point-to-point course that begins at William Pond Park, located just off Arden Way, for those running the 13.1-mile race. (Those running the full, 26.2-mile marathon start their race at Negro Bar, located further east along the river, while those running in the ultramarathon start their race at Beals Point in nearby Granite Bay.)

From William Pond Park, the half marathon runners follow a point-to-point course that follows a winding route in tandem with the American River, all the way to Discover Park near Sacramento, which also marks the confluence of the American River and the Sacramento River. All throughout the half-marathon route, which follows a mostly long, steady descent from the start to the finish -- punctuated by the course's biggest hills between roughly the mile 4 and mile 6 markers -- with lots of small, rolling hills thrown in along the way.

And though the ultra- and full marathons start at elevations far above the finish line elevation, the half marathon starts at just above 50 feet above sea level and never climbs above that for the remainder of the course. At the 302-acre Discovery Park, the finish line festivities will include a chili cook-off that begins at 10:30 AM for all finishers and their friends, family and supporters.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled among Northern California's inland valley region, about an hour and a half's drive northeast from the San Francisco Bay area, the city of Sacramento is known for its hot, dry summers and cooler, wetter fall seasons. In November, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 64°F and 46°F, while rainfall totals average nearly 2.6 inches for the month.


$40 for the half marathon, if registered by August 14, 2009
$45 between Aug. 15 - September 30
$50 between October 1 - November 12


To reserve your spot in the fall 2009 running of Sacramento's Run The River Marathon, Half Marathon or Ultramarathon, register online at Active.com or print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.



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