California > Woodside Half Marathon & 5-Mile Run
Woodside, CA • Saturday, July 26, 2014 • Course Map
Set for its 2nd annual running as a break from the heat of the summer, this race follows the exact same route through the gorgeously scenic hiking trails of Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains as the Woodside King's Mountain Half Marathon in March -- but organizers say to make sure not to confuse it with its springtime counterpart, as this is a race meant for summer too.
Hilly and challenging with more than 1,800 feet of climbing and descending terrain over the course of the race, July's Woodside Half Marathon & 5-Mile Run gives runners the chance to run one of Northern California's first trail half marathons of the year through Huddart County Park, whose 973 acres are nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains just south of San Francisco.
Shaded by towering redwood and oak trees and bordered by abundant wildflowers along the way, the out-and-back route takes runners on a winding trail from the park's picnic area to the turnaround on King's Mountain Road and back.
From the race starting line, the course follows a mostly uphill route all the way to the halfway point at the 6.5-mile marker, with the exception of a nice, flat stretch between the third mile marker and midway between the 4th and 5th miles. After that brief respite, it's back along the uphill toward the midway point, after which it's mostly downhill as runners run back toward the park picnic area along the route they've just run.
Just over 150 runners -- 76 runners each in the 5-mile race and half marathon races -- crossed the finish line in 2013, for an event that is limited to 300 entrants each year. While there is an aid & water station at the half-way turnaround point for runners in the half-marathon, those running the 5-mile race will have their only aid station at the start/finish area, so 5-mile runners are encouraged to carry water bottles with them during the race.
The area through which the race is run borders some of Northern California's wealthiest and most exclusive neighborhoods and residential areas, and is home to such business and entertainment luminaries as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, actress Michelle Pfeiffer and rock and roll musician Neil Young.
The area is known for its forests of redwood and oak trees, and its mountainous terrain is no accident -- the infamous San Andreas Fault runs through the town, which has been a major cause of this area's earthquake activity over the past century.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area about 30 miles from nearby Oakland and San Francisco, Woodside typically sees its warmest and driest weather of the year in July, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 40°F (in 1979) and as high as 110°F (in 1972).
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See the race route map for the Woodside Half Marathon
$45 for the half marathon, if registered before July 1, 2014
$55 on July 1 and after
To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2014 running of the Woodside Half Marathon or 5-Mile race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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