Texas > Helotes Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Runners get a chance to trek through the hills of this suburban
community just outside San Antonio -- known as the place where the
Hill Country begins -- at the Helotes Half Marathon & 5K
sponsored by Texas Medclinic and organized by Soler's Sports, a
locally-based chain of sports and running stores. With just under 300
runners in the half last year and just over 100 in the 5K, this is a
smaller race that serves as a great warm-up for the San Antonio
Marathon in November.
Though it lies just a short drive from a major urban center, Helotes
and its surrounding countryside has the feel of a remote Texas town,
with plenty of mountains and forests in the background. The course for
both races starts at the Helotes Festival grounds just across the
street from O'Connor High School, and takes runners on an out-and-back
course that unfolds along a circuitous route through town, and is run
entirely on paved surfaces.
From the start at the high school, the field runs for a brief stretch
along Leslie Road before turning onto Bandera Road, which runners
follow for the first couple of miles and then turn onto Old Bandera
Road and then Antonio Drive, running along its twists and turns as it
takes the field southward for the next couple of miles. After a brief
stretch on Farm-to-Market Road, the course turns right onto Parrigen
Road, which takes runners to the half-way point turnaround around
Javalin Trail, Tiger Road and Donkey Fit Road, and then turns back
toward the finish.
The starting time for all of the races in the event -- including the
1.25-mile "Stroll and Roll," a benefit for the Spina Bifida Association
of Texas and designed for runners and walkers who want a more relaxing
race -- start at 7:30 AM.
Weather & Climate
Located in the center of south Texas, about 20 miles northwest of San
Antonio, the town of Helotes still sees some quite warm conditions in
the early fall though the weather is often mild, as well as occasional
rain. In October, average monthly temperatures range between
82°F and 60°F, while rainfall amounts average around 3
inches for the month.
$30 if registered by September 30, 2007
$40 after Sept. 30
Online registration is not yet available for the 2008 running of the
Helotes Half Marathon. Please check this space later for updated
information on how to register.
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