Named for the running terminology “negative split” — which means running the second half of a race faster than the first half — Spokane’s Negative Split Half Marathon arrives for its 5th annual running this year.
Runners will start the out-and-back loop course for the race in Kendall Yards on Summit Parkway near Cedar Street and a short distance from Spokane’s Riverfront Park, just across the river from Canada Island.
From there, they’ll follow a counter-clockwise loop route largely along the Centennial Trail, a 37 1/2-mile-long paved trail that runs alongside the river and features flat, fast terrain with plentiful tree shade.
The course unfolds along the bends in the river, taking runners past Mission Park, Spokane Community College and John C. Shields Park all the way to the turnaround point at Camp Sekani Park along the river.
There, runners will make the turn and retrace their steps along the Centennial Trail all the way back to the bridge where they crossed the river in the first half of the race.
Instead of crossing back over the river, however, this time they’ll continue on along the northern bank of the river back to Riverfront Park, where the race finish line lies.
Race Weather & Climate
Located near Washington’s eastern border, just over 280 miles east of Seattle along Interstate 90, Spokane typically sees mild to cool weather in April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 14 degrees (in 1936) and as high as 90 degrees (in 1977).
On race day (April 9), the average low is 34ºF and the average high is 56ºF.
- $65 – $95 for the half marathon
- $35 – $50 for the 10K
- $25 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Spokane’s Negative Split Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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