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Washington > Valentine Marathon, Half Marathon, 10-Mile & 10K Run
Olympia, WA



Sunday, February 8, 2009

Event Details

Following much the same half marathon route as the one used in Olympia's annual Christmas Marathon & Half Marathon, the Valentine Half Marathon takes runners on a mostly flat out-and-back course just a few days before the Valentine's Day holiday, which starts and finishes at Washington's Millersylvania State Park and features a few rolling hills along paved country roads. Just over 200 runners came out to compete in all of the Valentine Classic running events combined in 2008, with an estimated 67 runners crossing the finish line in the half marathon alone.

Like the wintertime Christmas race, the course for the half marathon follows a mostly north-south route along Tilley Road between Millersylvania State Park and Goddard Road, starting just off the shores of the park's Deep Lake. From there, runners head out along the park road to Tilley Road, which they follow southward until meeting up with Goddard Road Southwest. The turn onto Goddard takes runners about a mile up the road to the intersection with Gibson Road, where the course then turns around and takes the field back along the route back up to the park.

The start and finish area for the race offers a picturesque, wooded retreat from nearby Olympia, which lies about a 20-minute drive north up Interstate 5. The park's 842 acres are a popular local destination for camping and fishing and are filled with hiking, biking and walking trails throughout. Millersylvania is also easily accessible from the nearby Seattle/Tacoma Airport, which lies approximately a 60-mile drive away.

Organizers report that the course for the half and the full marathons include a few hills, but that approximately 70 percent of the race is run on flat terrain. All races in the event -- which include the full and half marathons as well as a 10-mile, 10K, 5K and 1-mile run -- are open to walkers as well as runners, and the marathon course is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier by USA Track and Field.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in western Washington State, just over an hour's drive from Seattle, Olympia typically experiences cool to cold conditions in the late winter months, with plenty of cloudy, rainy weather. In February, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 48°F and 33°F, while precipitation amounts average around 6.17 inches for the month.




Online registration is not yet available for the winter 2010 running of Washington's Valentine Marathon or Half Marathon. Please check back later for updated information on how to sign up for this race.



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