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.