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Washington > Labor Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10-Mile, 10K & 5K
Elma, WA  •  Monday, September 5, 2011


View the course map for the Labor Day Half Marathon

One of a series of holiday-themed races throughout the year that take runners along the park trails and roads in and around Vance Creek Park, which lies just south of this small city in western Washington state, the Labor Day races feature a full marathon, half marathon, 10-mile, 10K, 5K and one-mile run.

All races start and finish on the grounds of Vance Creek Park, which lies near the intersection of Wenzelslough and Wakefield Roads, just a few minutes' drive from nearby Elma. Described by the race organizers as "perfect" for either beginning or experienced runners, the course features "no hills at all," they add, as it unfolds along the flat trails.

Each race in the event follows an out-and-back course, and organizers plan to have an aid station with water, Gatorade and running gel at the turnaround point for the half marathon, 10-mile, 10K and 5K races. Runners are encouraged to bring along water bottles with them on the course, though they'll need to be sure they bring out of the park whatever they take in. The scheduled starting time for the race is 10:30 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Located just south of Olympic National Park in the state's northwest corner, about a 90-mile drive southwest from Seattle, Elma typically sees September temperatures that average between 74°F and 45°F, while rainfall totals average just under 2.9 inches for the month -- the summer months are usually much drier than the later fall and winter months here. On the day of the race (Sept. 5), the average high is 77°F and the average low is 47°F.




To reserve your spot in the Labor Day 2011 running of any of the races in Elma's Labor Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10-Mile, 10K, 5K and 1-Mile race, register online at Active.com.

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