Welcome Runners and Walkers!

The American River Parkway Half Marathon returns for its ninth year and continues its distinction as the only half marathon in the world for both runners and walkers!  

Not just one course for both disciplines mind you. We're talkin' two separate, fully supported, USATF certified courses - one just for runners and one just for walkers!

The Parkway Half Marathon is a 501 (c)(3) event, of which the entire operation is run by volunteers, including the race director.

By keeping the operation volunteer-centric, we ensure that the collective efforts of our volunteers, which are the life blood of charitable endeavors, as well as our generous sponsors, are realized solely as proceeds, all of which are donated to benefit the American River Parkway - the nation's longest, continuous wild and scenic riparian parkway in a major metropolitan area - and the jewel of the Sacramento region.

To date, the Parkway Half Marathon event
has raised and donated nearly $300,000
to the American River Parkway Foundation.

So whether you want to run, walk, or volunteer, come on out a be a part of this great community event!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.                         


2015 Features - May Event and Two-Person Relay!

Back to our Original Event Date: First Saturday in May - Finally!
With all the construction and new parkway event rules, we've been juggled around for the past several years. We are pleased to be back (for good) to our original May date. The Mariachi band makes more sense, right?! This also gives you plenty of time to train and compete in other earlier races before capping your Spring-time training with the Parkway Half Marathon!

Half Marathon Relay Details

You asked for it and here it is - a two-person relay for walkers wanting to travel further than a 5K, but not quite up to a half marathon distance. So we split the difference and added a team element. Now, you and your spouse, significant other, or friend can share in the completion of a half marathon distance by each walking a little more than a 10K distance. (About 6.55 miles to be exact!)
Note: The two-person relay is for the WALKER HALF MARATHON only. There is no relay for the run half marathon.

General Race Course Details
For both courses, we are pleased to provide the most scenic half marathon in Sacramento, maybe even California!

No city streets, shopping malls, endless concrete, or traffic on our course. Just pristine old-growth Oak and Cottonwood forests, beautiful meadows, dramatic river views, and incredible scenery including the Avenue of the Poppies and the Enchanted Forest. (Take a look at the side bar and you'll see what we mean!)

Runners' Course Description
For the runners, we start and travel along the scenic river-level trail until the turning point. From there, we turn and briefly travel back along the levee trail before crossing Sacramento's most famous footbridge known as the Little Golden Gate bridge - a classic suspension bridge that looks just like the most famous bridge in the world!

Once you've crossed the river, you follow the Parkway's "Lost Trail" for several miles taking in scenic views and running through forests on a path less traveled.  Then, another crossing of the river over Sacramento's newest bridge, which returns you to the final three miles on your way to the finish line.   


Walkers' Course Description (Half Marathon and Relay)

During your race, you'll be walking upstream on a continuously paved path that weaves in and out of endless meadows and runs through countless forests of giant oaks, including the Enchanted Forest. The newest part of the course takes you across the river via the Sunrise Footbridge into the Sacramento Bar Park. From there, you'll turn around and return to the finish line.

This out-and-back loop course is designed for the full range of walkers - from casual strollers to speedy race-walkers and everyone in between - and includes two very important highlights: Aid stations approximately every mile and a closed course time-limit that considers even the most leisurely of paces!

That's right. No more thirsty miles and no more having to worry about the course closing. This course is open until everyone finishes - and that includes the post-race festivities. In this race, nobody is forgotten and nobody is left behind! Is this a walker friendly race or what?

Finally, because the course is entirely on the American River Parkway, you'll never have to worry about car traffic. Heck, you may never even see or hear a car!


2015 Event Details

Start Times
  • Walkers' Half Marathon - 7:15AM
  • Walkers' Half Marathon Relay - 7:15AM
  • Runner's Half Marathon - 7:45AM
  • 5K - 8:00AM
Start Line Processional - Bagpipes and more! - This year, we will continue with the bagpipes and the star spangled banner will be sung by a full choir. And why not?!

Keeping Green - Here's a short list of some "green" features we're continuing for this year's race:

1.  100% removal and recycling of event trash
2.  EXPANDED Shuttle-bus service to relieve traffic congestion
3.  Bike check-in so you can ride your bike to the event
4.  Personal Water bottle fill-up at all aid stations

Safety Elements -We're are definitely sure we are now safest race in the area, if not the country. Why? Well, we are continuing to partner with a great local outfit - CERT - and will have a EMT team for each and every aid station with Nextel communication, as well as mobile EMTs on bikes monitoring the course.

Okay, you've probably seen that before in other races, or something close. So how about having these safety features operative until every last participant crosses the finish line? That's a level of safety attention and personnel no other race can boast, and we are very proud to continue this feature!

Our Usual First-Rate Amenities -  In addition to the new amenities, we still offer the usual amenities (which are not the usual elsewhere!) you've come to expect and enjoy including:

1. A bling-worthy medal for every half marathon entrant upon finishing. And we mean
    every finisher!  

2. An event shirt is guaranteed to every participant registered through our pre-registration deadline of April 29th. Event shirts are probable but not guaranteed to late registrants. 

    SIZING FOR SHIRTS: To ensure every half marathon entrant  gets the right
    technical T-shirt size, we have a shirt sizing chart. Click Here for the T-shirt sizing

3. Post-race lunch for all entrants featuring meat or vegan wraps, fruit, and big

4. Ice-cold bottled sport drink or bottled water after the race.

5. Twenty Bands (ten along each course) and a Mariachi band at the finish line.

6. Ice cold water and electrolyte drink at aid stations.

With all these amenities, we are expecting the Parkway Half Marathon to fill up before race day. We recommend early registration to not only ensure yourself a spot in this fun and unique race, but also to afford yourself the most competitive entry fee for any half marathon around.

Sold yet?           CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.   

 Print and mail for Half Marathon/5K  CLICK HERE 

  Print and mail for Half Marathon Relay CLICK HERE 

5K Race for Runners and Walkers

For those wanting to enjoy the Parkway course, but not run or walk so long, there is a 5K component as well. 

Date, Time, Location and other stuff

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Start times:
WALKERS:  7:15 a.m.
RUNNERS:  7:45a.m.
5K RACE:   8:00 a.m.  

Start and Finish at William Pond Park
  Click here for Map and Directions

Packet Pick up: April 30 and May 1 at FLEET FEET Sports in Sacramento

Average Temperatures in Sacramento for May 2 over last 10 years:
7:00 a.m.   - 52 degrees
8:00 a..m   - 54 degrees
10:00 a.m. - 62 degrees
11:00 a.m. - 67 degrees

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