Set for their 11th annual running here in this small city in the Chehalis River Valley in western Washington, Elma's Memorial Day series of races features an event for really every atheltic interest -- from running (with its full marathon, half marathon, 10-miler, 10K, 5K and one-mile runs) to its triathlon and duathlon races and its events for kids, which include a 25-yard swim, a 3/4-mile bike ride and a quarter-mile run.
All of the races in the event have their starting and finish line at Elma's Vance Creek Park, which lies just off Wenzel Slough Road, across the highway from the city's downtown area. From there, runners in the marathon and half marathon will follow out-and-back routes that head out of the park and run alongside Vance Creek for stretches, and feature mostly flat terrain throughout the race.
Just over 100 runners, walkers and other participants crossed the finish line in all races combined at the event's 2010 running, and the running events generally have very small fields -- seven runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone, while 12 runners finished the 10K and two finished the half marathon. So you'll really have the course to yourself when you come out for these races!
The event's foot races are the first to start, as the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 10-Mile, 5K and one-mile running events all begin at 10:30 AM (those running the full marathon may start their race at 10:00 AM if they choose). The triathlon and duathlon events start in the afternoon at 1:00 PM, followed by the races for kids at 2:45 PM.
Weather & Climate
Located just south of Olympic National park in western Washington State, roughly 90 miles southwest of Seattle, Elma typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 67°F and 43°F. On the day of the race (May 30), the average high is 69°F and the average low is 45°F, and the city also sees considerably drier weather in the late spring than in the fall and winter months, averaging just under 3.2 inches of rainfall for May.
$45 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2011 running of Elma's Memorial Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10-Mile, 10K or 5K race, register online at SignMeUp.com.
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