Ohio > Chamber Lighthouse Half Marathon & 5K
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Named in honor of the historic lighthouse that stands guard over this
city on the shores of Lake Erie, near the mouth of the Huron River, the
Huron Chamber of Commerce Lighthouse Half Marathon & 5K, which takes runners
on a winding course through the streets of Huron and along the
Described by race organizers as "fun, flat and fast," the Huron
Lighthouse race begins for both half-marathoners and 5K runners at the
campus of Huron High School, with the starting line at the
football-track and field stadium. From there, participants follow the
13.1-mile route through the city and get a close-up view of the lake
for a stretch of the race. The out-and-back course is run almost
entirely on paved surfaces, as the last mile of the race takes runners
across an unpaved trail.
Runners and walkers alike are welcome to take part in either the half
marathon or the 5K, which start at 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM, respectively.
To honor the local participants who've helped bring the race its decade
of success to date, race organizers will award prizes to the fastest
local man and woman as well as the fastest man and woman from Erie
County. The race's proceeds will go to provide scholarships for
graduating members of the Huron High School track team.
On a quick note of history, you'll have to peer out into the Huron
Harbor to see it but make sure to take a look at the Huron Lighthouse
while you're in town. The original lighthouse, built in 1835, was a
wooden structure erected to aid in navigating ships to what was then
becoming an increasingly important port on Lake Erie. Though it was
destroyed by a storm in 1854 and rebuilt a few years later, the
lighthouse you can see today was built in 1936 at the end of the
breakwater in the harbor, about one mile away from the shore.
Today, though it is used most frequently by locals as a fishing pier,
it still serves as a functioning lighthouse. It's also in the process
of transformation, as it will become part of a 64-acre island that will
be a town park,
built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Weather & Climate
Located along the Ohio shores of Lake Erie, just under 50 miles west of
the nearby Cleveland metro area, the town of Huron typically sees mild
to moderately cool weather in the mid-spring season, as well as a
moderate amount of rain. In May, area temperatures average between
69°F and 48°F, while rainfall amounts average around
3.57 inches for the month.
Registration for the spring 2009 running of Huron's Lighthouse Half
Marathon & 5K 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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