Texas > Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1-Mile
Irving, TX • Sunday, September 22, 2013 • Course Map
The second in a pair of races that takes runners along the Campion Trails that wind alongside the Elm Fork of the Trinity River that flows through the city, Irving's Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon follows the exact same course as the Heels and Hills Half Marathon that takes place each May.
Also like its springtime counterpart, the race is an event organized by and designed for women, to promote fitness both through participation in running events and year-round on an everyday basis, and saw just over 480 runners cross the finish line in 2012 in the half marathon, 10K and 5K combined.
The race series got its start in 2007 thanks to the efforts of Paula Robertson, a local resident who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s. Told by her doctors that accomplishing anything as physically demanding as running a marathon or half-marathon wasn't possible for her as a result of her disease, Robertson instead took up a program of regular exercise, changed her diet and trained for and completed a full 26.2-mile marathon in 2000. Later she went on to found the Texas-based Love the Half series of events in 2004 as well as the Heels & Hills races three years later.
As for the Heels & Hills race itself, the course is occasionally hilly, with alternating hilly and flat stretches throughout the course. The race follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Irving's Williams Square, where the famous sculpture of the mustangs charging through the granite stream on the plaza greets the many thousands of visitors who make their way here just to see the statues every year.
From there, the course follows a mostly north-south out-and-back route along the city's Campion Trails, a 12-ft.-wide paved urban trail that follows alongside the winding Trinity River that flows through this part of the city. Runners make their way through stretches of wide-open areas out in the sun followed by stretches through the woods along the trails, and past a number of small ponds and lakes, as well as Bird's Fort Park, California Crossing Lake and Sam Houston Park.
Weather & Climate
Located about 10 miles northwest of Dallas, the city of Irving tends to experience weather much like its larger neighbor -- moderately warm to occasionally hot temperatures in the late summer and early fall, and mostly drier weather in August and September than in October.
On the day of the race (Sept. 22), the average low is 67°F and its average high is 87°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 2.6 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2013 running of Irving's Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, visit the event website.
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