Set for its third annual springtime running here in this small city in western Washington that lies just over an hour's drive from the rugged mountains and temperate rainforests of the Olympic National Forest just to the north, Elma's Mother's Day race features a distance for almost every runner, from its full, 26.2-mile marathon to the one-mile fun run for kids.
All races in the event, which starts at 10:30 AM on Mother's Day, start and finish at Vance Creek Park, which lies just off Wenzel Slough Road, just south of the Elma Airport. From there, runners head out on an out-and-back route through the park that is fast and flat, organizers say, with no hills to speak of at all.
The Mother's Day races usually draw a relatively small field of runners, as 86 runners crossed the finish line in all races combined at the event's 2010 running -- and only a relative handful competed in the full marathon and half marathon, as just 6 runners crossed the finish line in both races. So you're well positioned to be the first in your group when you run the half here!
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 7), the average high is 66°F and the average low is 41°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 spring 2011 running of Elma's Mother's Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10-Mile, 10K or 5K races, register online at SignMeUp.com.
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