Texas > Wayland Wellness Run/Walk III Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1-Mile
Plainview, TX • Saturday, April 6, 2013 • Course Map
As its name suggests, the Wayland Wellness Run/Walk II is designed to welcome both runners and walkers to its annual springtime race, which features a 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run/walk in addition to the half marathon distance, all of which get their name from where they start and finish -- Plainview's Wayland Baptist University.
Located in what is known as the High Plains region of the Texas panhandle, less than an hour's drive north from Lubbock -- which legendary 1950s-era rocker Buddy Holly called home -- the university educates some 1,000 students on its Plainview campus each year, here in this town of about 25,000 residents, in addition to nearly 6,000 additional students at its satellite campuses elsewhere in Texas as well as in Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and overseas, in Kenya.
Runners and walkers will start the out-and-back course for the half marathon at the university's J. V. Hillard Field athletic complex, which lies at the corner of 8th and Yonkers Streets near the center of town. From there, the race route takes runners east from the Wayland Baptist campus along 7th and 6th Streets, all the way toward Plainview's City Park. After quick turns on Houston Street and 8th Street, the course then heads west along 8th back in the direction of campus, all the way to the next turn at Yonkers Street.
The next stretch of the race takes runners through block after block of residential neighborhoods into the northern edges of the city, which border on large, wide-open farm fields that stretch out in all directions once you reach the edges of town. There's a loop around the neighborhoods just off West 24th Street, followed by a stretch that brings runners south along Ennis Street, past Hood Park, Running Water Draw Park and Plainview Country Club.
That's followed by a left turn onto Southwest 3rd Street and a long straightaway stretch for about the next mile and a half, along which runners will be able to see the planes taking off and landing in the distance at nearby Hale County Airport. After another left, onto Joliet Street, runners make their way north through the Plainview Cemetery and then begin the home stretch of the race back into the Wayland Baptist campus, where they'll head back toward Hillard Field and the finish line around the track.
The scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 9:00 AM -- followed by the one-mile fun run & walk at 9:15 AM, and the 5K and 10K races at 9:30 and 9:45 AM, respectively. Runners and walkers in the one-mile, 10K and 5K may register on the day of the race if they haven't pre-registered.
Race Weather & Climate
Located among the largely flat terrain of the Texas panhandle region in the northern part of the state, about 48 miles north of Lubbock and roughly 340 miles west of Dallas, Plainview typically sees April temperatures that average between 72°F and 44°F, while rainfall totals average just over 1.6 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (April 6), the average high is 69°F and the average low is 41°F.
View the race route map for the Wayland Wellness Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by March 30, 2013
$65 between March 31 - April 6
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of Plainview's Wayland Wellness Run/Walk II Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or one-mile race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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