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Ohio > Cincinnati Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
Cincinnati, OH  •  Saturday, October 19, 2013  •  Course Map


More than 1,400 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in both races combined -- with more than 1,200 of those finishers running the 13.1-mile race alone -- at the 2012 running of the Cincinnati Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, which features a fast and flat course that unfolds along the Ohio River and offers runners an excellent chance to mark personal record times, organizers say.

With both races open to runners as well as walkers, the half marathon and the 5K share the same starting and finish line at Cincinnati's Sawyer Point, the mile-long linear park along the riverfront just south of downtown. From there, runners head out first through the area near the river where the city's two major sports stadiums lie -- the Great American Ball Park, the home of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, and Paul Brown Stadium, where the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals play.

After the stretch in front of the two stadiums along the river, runners then head briefly away from the river into downtown -- which, incidentally, forms the cityscape that served as the opening scene for the 80s sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati." Runners make their way past Fountain Square and then head back toward Sawyer Point, where they meet up with Riverside Drive.

Once runners hit Riverside Drive, they remain on this road for the next few miles as it follows the bend in the Ohio River, where runners can look over into Kentucky as they make their way all the way around to the turn at Delta Avenue. There, runners then follow the trail past Turkey Ridge Park and then around back to Riverside Drive, which they run back in the opposite direction toward downtown.

The race finish line lies just a stone's throw from where the runners and walkers started, as the finish line festivities are underway back at Sawyer Point while runners cross the finish line for what the organizers say is the area's "last big race of the year."

For the 2013 race, the scheduled starting time for the half marathon is sunrise (about 8:02 AM, organizers note) for those running the 13.1-mile race, with runners and walkers starting together. The 5K race starts at 7:52 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Ohio River here in the state's southwestern corner, just across the border from Kentucky, Cincinnati typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in October, when average monthly temperatures range between 46°F and 67°F.

On the day of the race (Oct. 19), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 66°F, while rainfall amounts average about 2.8 inches for the month.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Cincinnati Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:02 - half marathon


$45 for the half marathon, if registered by February 28, 2013
$50 between March 1 - August 31
$60 between September 1 - October 1
$70 between Oct. 1 - 18
$80 on Oct. 18 - 19


To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of the Cincinnati Half Marathon or Beat the Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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