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Washington > Clear Lake Round Mountain Half Marathon
Yakima, WA



Sunday, June 20, 2010

Event Details

The appropriately named Hard Core Road Runners of Yakima, Wash., is the running group that organizes and hosts the annual Clear Lake Round Mountain Runs, which celebrated the 31st annual running of its half-marathon and 5K race around central Washington's Clear Lake in the summer of 2009. Billed by organizers as the "toughest half marathon in Washington State," the race more than lives up its reputation with a tough, hilly course around the lake and up the trail alongside Round Mountain, over which runners will experience a roughly 1,000-ft. climb in elevation.

Just over 170 runners competed in the race's June 2008 running, with 36 runners in the half marathon up to Round Mountain and back and just under 140 runners in the 5-mile race around the lake. From the starting line at the intersection of Tieton Road and Dudley Road, the race route takes the field along the highway around the northern edge of the lake, staying on paved surfaces as the course crosses over South Fork Clear Creek, winding around the base of the mountain.

The waters of the alpine lake on runners' left reflects the peaks of the Cascade Mountains in the distance as well as the pine forests immediately on the right as runners make their way around the lake to nearly the North Fork of the Tieton River. Just before reaching the river, those running the half marathon turn off and begin the four-mile stretch that takes them up the mountain, running across a mixture of dirt and gravel forest roads that zig-zag their way up the mountain to an elevation of more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Runners hit the turnaround point on the mountain and then begin the trek back down along the same route.

The final few miles of the half marathon take runners back onto the highway around the lake at the same intersection where they left it, for a run around the southern edge of the lake along Clear Lake Road. The race finish line for both events lies at the YMCA Camp Dudley on the eastern shore of the lake, in the shadow of the Kamiakan Butte.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the central southern part of the state, about 16 miles east of Mount Rainier National Park and about 38 miles west of Yakima, the Clear Lake area experiences weather conditions similar to that of nearby Yakima, which typically sees mild to moderately warm temperatures in the summer, with little to no rain. In June, Yakima's average monthly temperatures range between 80°F and 46°F, while precipitation amounts average just over half an inch for the month.




To reserve your spot in the summer 2010 running of Yakima's Clear Lake Round Mountain Half Marathon, print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.



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