Texas > Heels and Hills Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1-Mile
Irving, TX • Sunday, May 5, 2013 • Course Map
Like its name suggests, the Heels and Hills Half Marathon & Relay is a road race event organized by and designed for women, to promote women's fitness both through participation in running events and year-round on an everyday basis. More than 1,100 runners crossed the finish line at the race's 6th annual running in 2012, including just over 660 in the half marathon alone.
The race got its start in 2007 thanks to the efforts of Paula Robertson, a local resident who lives in nearby Coppel, Texas, and who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s. Though she was 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.
Her accomplishment proved to her that anything really was possible, and she went on to found the Texas-based Love the Half series of events in 2004 as well as the Heels & Hills race just a few years later. Both efforts share the same goal -- to promote fitness and an active lifestyle, especially among women, and to impart the wisdom that many others like Robertson have learned when facing down diseases like multiple sclerosis -- that anything is indeed possible, especially when you're motivated and prepared to go the distance.
As for the Heels & Hills race itself, the course is as advertised, meaning it's hilly and challenging throughout, with few flat stretches to speak of. 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, Irving tends to experience weather conditions much like its larger metro area neighbor -- mild to moderately warm (and occasionally hot) temperatures in the spring. In May, local average monthly temperatures range between 84°F and 64°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 4.9 inches for the month -- the city's highest monthly total of the year on average.
On the day of the race (May 5), the average high is 81°F and the average low is 62°F.
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To reserve your spot in the late spring 2013 running of Irving's Heels and Hills Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or one-mile fun run, visit the event website.
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