Part of a series of half marathon race events scheduled throughout the United States in smaller to medium-sized towns and cities -- a series that also includes races in Columbia, S.C.; Council Bluff, Ia.; and Dade City, Fla., to name a few -- the West Virginia Half Marathon at St. Albans is one of nearly 30 races organized by the USRA Half Marathon Series.
The half marathon race, which also features a 5K Run/Walk and a fun run for kids and families, follows an out-and-back loop course that takes runners along stretches of the winding Coal River, which snakes its way northward through the city on its way to where it meets up with the larger and wider Kanawha River, just through the overpass with Highway 60.
Along the way, runners make their way through residential neighborhoods along the river and south of downtown, passing through the community of Upper Falls around the half-way point of the race. Once they're through Upper Falls, runners make their way along Coal River Road for the return route back into St. Albans for the race finish back downtown.
Weather & Climate
Located along the confluence of the Coal and Kanawha Rivers in western West Virginia, just over 14 miles west of the capital Charleston, St. Albans typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 75°F and 49°F. On the day of the race (May 14), the average high is 75°F and the average low is 49°F, while rainfall totals average about 3.9 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the spring 2011 running of the West Virginia Half Marathon at St. Albans, register online at Active.com.
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