Welcome to the Seventh Annual American River Parkway Half-Marathon, the world's only Half-Marathon with two separate courses - one for Runners and one for Walkers!
Speaking of courses, we are pleased to announce NEW ROUTES FOR THIS YEAR'S RACE. See below for details!
This race has two separate half marathon courses. One for runners and run/walkers and one just for walkers. Both courses are USATF certified and are out-and-back loops along the scenic American River Parkway. Both start and finish at William Pond park.
THE RUNNERS' HALF MARATHON COURSE is for runners and run/walkers and features a fast, flat paved course that's great for a PR. The new route this year will travel over the "Little Golden Gate" suspension foot bridge and proceed through the "Lost Trails" section of Parkway. The balance of the course loops downstream along American River Parkway flowing through forests of Old Growth Oak trees, native riparian landscape and the beautiful Avenue of the Poppies. This course also has no motor traffic on the course. There are plenty of aid stations and entertainment along the course.
THE WALKERS' HALF MARATHON COURSE is for walkers only (no running at any time) and features a generous time-limit course suitable for the most leisurely of paces! The Walkers' course winds upstream on the parkway trail along the most pristine portion of the American River Parkway. You'll see an abundance of wildlife and flora and walk though the famed Enchanted Forest. The route this year will cross the Sunrise Footbridge and proceed through the Sacramento Bar Park before turning around. No motor traffic anywhere on the course! As usual, there are water stations every mile, plenty of portable facilities, and no car-traffic to worry about!
THE 5K TRAIL FOOTRACE course has been updated to include a trail section that travels through a very beautiful section of the Parkway.The 5K Course is open to walkers and runners and everything in between.
Race Day Features
In addition to one of the most beautiful and scenic Half-Marathon courses in America, the race also includes: An unforgettable start-line procession including the return of the incredible and inspiring bagpipe marching band, Eco-friendly tech race shirts, live bands along both courses, bling-worthy finisher medals and awards, chip timing, perfect weather and loads of post-race food and entertainment.
• The Walkers' Half-Marathon starts at 7:15 a.m.
• Runner's Half-Marathon starts at 7:45 a.m.
• The 5k starts at 8:00 a.m.
Race Day Registration
Late registration (if the race is not full and it may be this year) and race day packet pick-up will be available at the race venue during the following times:
• Walkers’ Half Marathon: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
• Runners’ Half-Marathon and 5k: 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Participants may enter from the South or North Side of the River. There are three main routes. 1) South side of River: From HWY 50, take Bradshaw Ave North exit. Turn right on Folsom Boulevard. Turn Left on Rod Beaudry. Drive into River Bend Park (Formerly Geothe Park) and parking signage will direct you. 2) North side of River: From HWY 50 take Watt Ave Exit North. Turn Right on Fair Oaks and travel 2.5 miles. Turn Right on Arden and travel 1 mile to park entrance. 3) From Capitol City FWY (Business Loop 80) take Arden Way East Exit. Stay on Arden - it runs right into the park entrance.
Parking is available inside both River Bend Park (South side of river) and William Pond Park (North side of river).
All Half-Marathon finishers receive medals. First Male and Female finishers in the Runners' and Walkers' Half-Marathon receive special award. Top three finishers in each age division win division medal.
Local time: 10:43 PM
• Half-Marathons: 13-15, 16-18, 19-24; five year increments to age 74, 75+
• 5K Race: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-29, ten year increments thereafter to age 69, 70+.
Awards will be presented to overall winners and age division winners on event day. Unclaimed awards will not be mailed, but you can contact us and we can make arrangements to get it to you!