Illinois > Thin Mint Sprint Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run
Edwardsville, IL • Saturday, June 1, 2013 • Course Map
Don your favorite green racing outfit and join the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois in the Thin Mint Spring Half-Marathon in Edwardsville, Ill. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite cookie, wear their own scouting memorabilia, or simply show their support by wearing green.
For over 100 years, Girl Scouts have continued to be relevant in the community and teach young girls courage, confidence, and character. All the event proceeds will be utilized to provide quality programming, adult volunteer training, camp maintenance, and financial assistance for girls all across Southern Illinois.
Runners in the half marathon will follow a loop course for the race along a series of trails that are part of the Madison County Transit system, which was developed to preserve vital rail corridors and today can point to more than 100 miles of trails are available for walkers, runners, and bikers throughout the city. Runners will start and finish their race near Alumni Hall on the campus of Southern Illinois University, which is home to more than 14,000 students.
From there, the course heads onto the Madison County Transit Nature Trail for the first portion of the race, winding their way along its well-traveled paths, where they can expect to spot wildlife such as turkeys, deer, and rabbits. Once they reach the intersection with the Nickel Plate Trail, runners will begin to head south, as the scenery changes to farmland begins to dot the landscape and runners will enjoy short jaunts through various parks along the way.
Additionally, from their view of the course, they will be able to see historic districts located along this particular trail. At the southernmost tip of the race, runners will take a left turn and find themselves racing along the Heritage Trail. Madison County's newest park, Marine Village, is located along this section. Passing endless fields along the way, runners will cruise through the midpoint of the race with beautiful views.
At the junction of the Goshen Trail, runners will take the course northwest. The Goshen Trail connects 6 trails and provides access points to neighborhoods all over Madison County. Additionally, this trail is home to 10 tunnels and a 175-ft. bridge. This is the last portion of the race that provides new views before runners retrace their steps.
Once the course intersects with the Nickel Plate Trail, runners will begin to notice familiar sights. The last turn returns them to the Nature Trail which carries them across to the finish line. All runners can collect their medal at the finish and stick around for the awards ceremony which will dole out prizes to the top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age group.
By Carissa Liebowitz, contributing writer for HalfMarathons.Net
Race Weather & Climate
Located near the winding Mississippi River in southern Illinois, about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo. and roughly 270 miles southwest of Chicago, Edwardsville typically sees June temperatures that average between 64°F and 84°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.2 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (June 1), the average low is 60°F and the average high is 80°F.
View the race route map for the Thin Mint Sprint Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered before March 15, 2013
$60 between March 16 - May 1
$75 between May 2 - 25
To reserve your spot in the early summer 2013 running of Edwardsville's Thin Mint Sprint Half Marathon, 5K or Fun Run, visit the event website.
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