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Washington > Ridge Run Half Marathon & 5K
Ridgefield, WA



Sunday, September 13, 2009

Event Details

Runners get a chance to trek through the rolling hills of this southwestern Washington town that looks over onto the flowing Columbia River at the annual Ridge Run Half Marathon & 5K, which drew an estimated 86 runners in both races combined at its third annual running in the fall of 2008. The race takes participants through the rolling hills and pastoral countryside just south of Ridgefield and through the nearby Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a 5,217-acre preserve filled with river flood plain habitat areas, seasonal and permanent wetlands, and agricultural lands.

Famous for a visit by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806, the park now welcomes thousands of visitors annual for its wildlife viewing and hiking and nature trails. The half marathon begins at 8:00 AM at the city's Ridgefield High School.

True to its name, the race features sections of the route that take runners along the ridge overlooking Campbell Lake, Lake River and the Columbia River, which marks the border between Washington State and Oregon. The race follows an out-and-back course that turns into a loop once runners reach the middle stretches of the race, as the route turns off NW 209th Street and heads south along 41st Avenue, on a clockwise route that ends up back at 209th Street. These stretches of the race are among its most scenic, and include views of the trees and rural farm fields as well as the waters of the lake and flowing rivers below.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in the southwestern corner of Washington, overlooking the Columbia River and just a half-hour's drive from Portland to the south, the town of Ridgefield typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in the early fall, with average monthly temperatures that range between 77°F and 52°F in September. Rainfall is usually occasional and relatively light, averaging just under 2 inches during the month.


$35 for the half marathon, if registered prior to race day
$40 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2009 running of Ridgefield's Ridge Run Half Marathon, register online at Active.com or print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.



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