Kansas > Bob Ardrey Marathon, Half Marathon & 2-Mile Run/Walk
Salina, KS • Sunday, September 27, 2014 • Course Map
Coaches can have a tremendous impact on the lives of young people, no matter their age, when they help train and inspire them to accomplish more than they thought was really possible. Bob Ardrey was just such a coach, the founder of the Salina Track Club and a volunteer coach with the running group for 22 years who took time out of his schedule three to four days every week to coach children and young adults in the community, helping many of them become star athletes and build lifelong friendships and a love of running.
The organizers of the Bob Ardrey Marathon dedicate this young race to the memory of all those summers running track with him, and to the positive legacy he has left on so many in the city of Salina, home to just over 47,000 residents in the central northern part of the state.
Runners in all three races follow out-and-back courses that start and finish in Salina's Oakdale Park, just north of the bend in the Smoky Hill River that flows through the park. From there, runners in the half marathon will head out on what is roughly a clockwise loop route that includes stretches along the river levee as well as a few hills, especially in the first half of the race.
The race starts next to the train that sits in the Oakdale Park (which lies right across the river from Kenwood Park), and from there runners head south on Kenwood Park Drive to Prescott Road, which they then follow until the intersection with Front Street, where they turn right and head south along Front. That street then meets up with Crawford, where runners will turn left and head east toward Indian Rock Park.
The course keeps heading east along Crawford, across the river to the other side of Indian Rock Park, where runners turn left on Upper Mill Heights Drive. This stretch takes runners north, winding roughly in parallel with the riverbank and looking out onto the baseball fields in the park across the water, bringing runners through the first hills of the race. The course keeps heading north all the way to Iron Avenue, where they turn right and head east along Iron and past the Mount Calvary Cemetery.
A quick turn on Marymount Road is followed by a left turn onto Country Club Road, which takes runners past the wide, green fairways of the Salina Country Club. This stretch has a few rolling hills along East Country Club Road and Skyline Drive, and then flattens out for about a mile along Deborah Drive and Estates Drive. Once runners hit Crawford Street again, the course then begins a gradual uphill stretch over the next mile or so, a stretch that heads south along Markey Road, past a pair of golf courses on one side of the road and farm fields on the other.
What goes up must come down, of course, and shortly after runners pass the mile 6 marker, the race hits its peak elevation of about 1,340 feet above sea level and then begins a gradual downhill over the course of the next mile, which unfolds along Magnolia Road and the trail along the river levee, which runners turn onto just before reaching the mile 8 marker.
The next two miles unfold along the levee, winding northward with the bends in the river all the way back up to Crawford Street, where the course turns left and heads west, back to Oakdale and Kenwood Park for the race finish.
Weather & Climate
Located near the meeting of Interstates 70 and 135 in central eastern Kansas, about 87 miles north of Wichita and roughly 175 miles west of Kansas City, Mo., Salina typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 30°F (in 1984) and as high as 107°F (in 1956).
||Day of Race
||Rain: 2.5 in.
||Snow: 0 in.
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To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of Salina's Bob Ardrey Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
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