Florida > Kissimmee Stampede Half Marathon & 5K
Kissimmee, FL • Sunday, April 1, 2012 • Course Map
The first day of April brings a running event that offers both a chance to record a personal record time on a mostly flat and fast course as well as a chance to support local efforts to spur job creation in the central Florida area, as the inaugural Kissimmee Stampede Half Marathon & 5K race is part of an effort called the Race to Create Jobs, which will combine a Friday job fair with the races on Saturday and Sunday.
The Race to Create Jobs, which is also the name of the non-profit organization that's hosting the race, is the brainchild of a group of central Floridians who are trying to help one of the country's most hard-hit regions get back on its feet, as Florida has been among the nation's job loss leaders in the recession of the past few years, largely due to the many construction, home-building and related jobs lost during the real estate downturn.
On the weekend of the race, the event will host a job fair on Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center that will feature companies as well as guest speakers on a range of topics devoted to both physical fitness and financial well-being, and the importance of taking care of both in challenging times. Saturday and Sunday will bring the running of the 5K and half marathon races, in that order, and both will start just a stone's throw from the Civic Center, at the corner of Ruby Avenue and Lakeview Drive.
From the starting line, which overlooks the waters of Lake Tohopekaliga near downtown Kissimmee, runners will then head first through the city, along a mostly flat route on tree-lined paved city streets for the first three miles, past businesses, shops and homes. Once runners make the turn onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and pass the mile 3 marker, they start the stretch of the race that takes them east toward Drury Avenue, which becomes Neptune Road. They'll follow Neptune across the Neptune Road bridge to the eastern shore of the lake, and enter the next stretch of the race that takes them through Kissimmee Park.
Runners will stay on Neptune Road as it heads southeast for the next three miles, to the next turn between mile markers 7 and 8, a right turn onto Henry Partin Road. Here the course terrain changed from paved roads to gravel roads, which runners will remain on for roughly the next three miles as they make their way along a much more rural setting. Here along Henry Partin and Kings Highway, you're likely to catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife along the lake, from sandhill cranes in the water to hawks flying overhead, and perhaps even iguanas and the Everglades snail kite, an endangered species of bird that is native to this area.
The course rejoins Neptune Road after runners pass the mile 10 marker, bringing runners back across the Neptune Road Bridge back into Kissimmee. There's just a few turns left before heading into the race finish just off Lakeshore Boulevard near the Civic Center.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the northern shore of Lake Tohopekaliga in central Florida, roughly 20 miles south of Orlando, Kissimmee typically sees April temperatures that average between 82°F and 58°F, while rainfall totals average just under 2.3 inches for the month, making April the city's second-driest month of the year. On the day of the race (April 1), the average high is 80°F and the average low is 56°F.
View the race route map for the Kissimmee Stampede Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2011
$55 between January 1 - February 29, 2012
$60 between March 1 - 29
$70 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2012 running of the Kissimmee Stampede Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RaceIt.com.
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