This northern Ohio race, which takes runners on a rural course through
the countryside and wetland areas outside Elyria, Ohio, just a few
miles south of the shores
of Lake Erie, celebrates its sixth annual running in the spring of
Named for the wildlife and wetland preserve through which runners
travel for part of the course, the Sandy Ridge Half Marathon
& 10K usually draws a relatively smaller field of runners, with just over 100 to 120 runners crossing the finish line in both races combined in recent years.
From the starting line at Lorain County Community College, the race
takes participants on a looping, mostly counter-clockwise course
through the rural areas just north of Elyria. After leaving the campus,
runners enter the Sandy Ridge Reservation within the first few miles,
crossing into the area's 310-acre preserve of forest, meadow and
marshes. Runners will run through both the thickly wooded forest areas
as well as open meadows and around the wetlands, where they'll likely
spot one of the more than 100 species of bird that make the preserve
After running around Sandy Ridge and exiting the preserve onto Barres
Road, participants will then follow Barres, Stoney Ridge Road and Long
Road on the next few miles northward, until hitting Detroit Road, where
they begin the turn back south that will take them back toward the
finish at Lorain Community College. Those thinking of running the race
next spring should expect a fast and flat course with little change in
elevation or hills to speak of.
Weather & Climate
Set just a few miles off the shores of Lake Erie and west of nearby
Cleveland, the town of Elyria generally sees autumn weather that's
mild to moderately warm, with fairly even rainfall throughout the
season. In September, average area temperatures range
between 76°F and 55°F, while rainfall amounts
average just over 2.5 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of the Sandy Ridge Half
Marathon, register online at the event website.
Half Marathon Course Map
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