|Washington > Clear Lake Round Mountain Half Marathon
Sunday, June 20, 2010
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
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.
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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