|Washington > Rattler Half Marathon
Saturday, April 19, 2008
If you're up for a challenging mountain trail run half-marathon, the
Rattler Half Marathon in Washington State has all of the above to
offer. The 13.1-mile course for the half takes runners along the trails
of the Methow Valley Wildlife Area, a 14,500-acre mountain forest area
just five miles from the nearby town of Winthrop. The race takes place
in mid-August, just as the snows are leaving the mountain trails, and
features about 1,800 feet of vertical gain throughout the course of the
race. Runners are also treated to the scenic views of the valley's
Pipestone Canyon and its unique rock formations.
Known for its wildlife, the Methow Valley is home to mule deer in the
spring and winter and bluegrouse in the spring and summer, and also has
several golden eagle nesting sites. For visitors, the area offers ample
hunting, sight-seeing, cross-country skiing and mountain biking, as
well as fishing for trout on the Chewack River and the area's Bear,
Beaver, and Ramsey Creeks.
Weather & Climate
Set in the north-central portion of the state about 40 miles south of
the border with Canada, the town of Winthrop typically sees
cold-to-moderate weather in the early weeks of spring, with April
temperatures that average between 32°F and 62°F.
Precipitation this time of year is rare, averaging just over
three-fourths of an inch for the month, though there may be snow on the
ground in some parts of Pipestone Canyon.
Online registration is now closed, but check back later in this space
for information on registering for the 2010 running of the event (if
the race is scheduled to be run in 2010).
Your Race Story
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your impressions and read fellow runners' stories
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