North Dakota > YMCA Cats Incredible Half Marathon & 5K
Saturday, August 1, 2009
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.
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
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