CLINTON — Races routes for the Clinton Half Marathon have recently been announced.
The third annual Clinton Half Marathon will be Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 a.m. at Ashford University Field. The event offers the choice of a half marathon, 10K, or 5K run/walk. All three races will begin just outside of Ashford University Field and are scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m.
“We encourage community members to participate in this great community event,” said Race Director Dr. Brian Peck. “Everyone and anyone can participate on some level. Whether you walk the 5K, run one of the distances, cheer on the runners, or volunteer, it goes a long way to making this event that much more successful for our community. We encourage everyone to get involved.”
The challenging half marathon course will reward runners who have the patience to wait and punish those who start off too fast. For the first two miles, the course runs alongside the Mississippi River and through downtown Clinton. A gradual climb begins just prior to Mile 2 and continues up to Mile 3, winding through a quiet residential neighborhood. After turning onto 13th Avenue North and cresting another short hill, runners will be rewarded with a scenic view of Clinton, the Mississippi River and the County Courthouse. On the ensuing downhill runners will be greeted by spectators at Mercy Hospital and spurred on by the flat section heading north on Pershing Boulevard. Shortly after Mile 5, the real fun begins. Once across Main Avenue the course features another gradual ascent through Clinton’s historic Lyons residential district. This grade continues along Pershing and as the road ends, the course proceeds along the recreation path up a short but challenging hill. As the path snakes through Eagle Point Park, runners will be greeted with live bagpipers and a festive bunch from Ashford University. This section of the course also presents some challenging rollers as well as breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. Make sure to smile for the photographer as you pass by Eagle Point Lodge. After exiting Eagle Point Park, the rest of the course, with one small exception, is all downhill. After returning to the end of Pershing, runners will turn right, left and left again, where the finish line will come into view. Patient runners who have paced themselves will be rewarded with a fast finish.
The 10K is a perfect mix of distance, speed and endurance. This course will reward both the speedster and the long-distance runner. This hilly 10K race follows the same scenic route as the Half Marathon: up Second Avenue South through residential neighborhoods, then down 13th Avenue North, before splitting off for a fast and flat finish. The 10K distance has long been a favorite of those in training for a marathon or half Marathon.
The 5K is flat and fast. Just what runners like to hear. 5K runners will start off with the half marathon and 10K runners, but split off in the opposite direction at the first turn. The course then runs straight to Pershing and up to Fourth Street, where runners can enjoy the spectator support waiting at Mercy Hospital. After a short spur back to Pershing and a turnaround, runners will be on the same course as the other two races. The course finishes out back to the end of Pershing, then a right turn, two left turns and a sprint finish.
Proceeds from the Clinton Half Marathon will be donated to help support the YWCA.
“We are proud to be able to help support the YWCA and all that it does for this community,” Peck said.
All participants will receive an official Asics short sleeve tech race T-shirt, a finisher medal and entry into the Hy Vee post-race party in the Lumber Lounge at Ashford University Field. Registration is available on the Clinton Half Marathon website at www.clintonhalfmarathon.com.
Routes published Tuesday: 5K route Today: 10K route Thursday: Half marathon route