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Texas > Red Ribbon Run Half Marathon, 5K & 1K
Midland, TX



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Event Details

Organized and run by the local Midland nonprofit Drug-Free Youth In Texas, the Red Ribbon Run races got their start in 2004 as a fundraiser and awareness-building event in conjunction with that year's National Red Ribbon Week, which honors the efforts of those working to combat drug abuse in cities, towns and communities around the country. Already becoming a popular local road race, the Red Ribbon Run saw its field of runners double for all races combined last year, and organizers expect a similar turnout in 2008.

The course for the half marathon -- the event also includes a 5K and a short 1K run -- starts and finishes at the parking lot of the Kent Companies, on Midland's West Loop 250 North. From there, the race takes runners first along an eastward route along Bluebird Lane to the 1900 block of Coleman Court, where those running the half-marathon hit their first turnaround point and start heading back along Bluebird toward the start line.

Once they reach the intersection with North Midkiff Road, the field turns north and then a quick left onto Cardinal Lane, which they take westward along a straightaway for the next mile and a half. At Oriole Drive, runners turn north again and head toward Teakwood Trace, which runners turn onto heading left and follow as the road takes them all the way around the confines of Midland's Green Tree Country Club. Participants will run through the club's grounds and residential areas, and then head back onto Teakwood Trace and Oriole Drive along the same course they've just run, on their way toward the finish line back at the Kent Companies parking lot.

Fast and flat with some nice, long straightaway stretches that will allow runners to make some great time toward personal records, the race is also run on paved roads throughout and features few hills. The half-marathon race starts at 9:00 AM, followed by the 5K and 1K at 10:00 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Warm to moderate conditions, with typically scant rainfall, are the norm in the early fall in the Midland area, located just off Interstate 20 in the plains of West Texas, near Odessa. In October, local monthly temperatures average between 80°F and 51°F, while rainfall amounts average around 1.4 inches for the month.




Online registration is not yet open for the fall 2010 running of the Red Ribbon Run Half Marathon. Please check back later for updated information on how to register.



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