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Texas > Helotes Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk
Helotes, TX



Saturday, October 13, 2007

Event Details

Runners get a chance to trek through the hills of this suburban community just outside San Antonio -- known as the place where the Texas Hill Country begins -- at the Helotes Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, 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.

Race 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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