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North Dakota > YMCA Cats Incredible Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
Grand Forks, ND



Saturday, August 1, 2009

Event Details

Run along the border between Minnesota and North Dakota on the local parks and greenspace trail called the Greenway, the YMCA Cats Incredible Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk takes runners on a fast and flat course along the gentle, even terrain of eastern North Dakota, situated on the banks of the Red River in a region known as the Red River Valley. This out-and-back race usually draws a smaller field of participants, as past years have seen between 150 to 250 runners come out for the race.

Both the 13.1-mile half marathon and the 5K for runners and walkers begin at 8:00 AM in Grand Forks' Lincoln Park, whose 18-hole golf course lies along the river on the state line. From there, runners follow the race route entirely along the Grand Forks Greenway, which winds along the river in an S-shaped pattern through roughly 2,000 acres of greenspace, parklands and recreation areas in the flood protection system area along the river.

The race is sponsored by North Dakota's Altru Health System and the local Grand Forks branch of the YMCA, and all proceeds from the race go to benefit the YMCA of Grand Forks Partner of Youth programs.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in easternmost North Dakota, just across the border from Minnesota and about 81 miles north of Fargo, the city of Grand Forks tends to experience mild to moderately warm summers and frigid, often bitterly cold winters. In August, average area temperatures range between 80°F and 56°F, while rainfall amounts average about 2.92 inches for the month, making August the city's second-wettest month of the year on average.




Registration for the summer 2009 running of the YMCA Cats Incredible Half Marathon is now closed, as the event has completed. Please check back for updated information on how to sign up for the 2010 running of the race.



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