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Ohio > Sandy Ridge Half Marathon & 10K
Elyria, OH



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Event Details

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 2011.

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 their home.

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.

Race 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.



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