Event Information

Event Information 2018-04-12T09:03:14+00:00

The 12th Annual Parkway Half Marathon, 5k, and Kids’ Otter Dash take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, on the beautiful American River Parkway in Sacramento, CA. All event proceeds benefit the American River Parkway.

Start Times

Half Marathon Walk: 7:15am
Half Marathon Run: 7:45am
5k Run/Walk: 8:00am
Kids’ Otter Dash:  9:00am

Race Features

The only half marathon in the world with two courses – one just for runners and one just for walkers.

Tech event shirts and personalized finisher medals for half marathon participants*, age-division awards, live bands, ChronoTrack B-tag Timing, ideal weather, delicious post-race lunch.

Back by Popular Demand –  Personalized medals!  Sacfit is pleased to announce that we are continuing with the option to personalize your medal this year.  We received a lot of feedback about how nice the personalized medals were and those that did not opt for one last year, wanted another chance!  So, you got it – a finisher medal that has your name on it!  For those who have never done this race or missed last year, your personalized name is not just an engraving. You will be presented your personalized finisher medal – with your name incorporated into the reverse side of the medal!  If you would like a personalized medal, please indicate in your registration and register before April 14, 2018.

5k and Kids’ Otter Dash entrants receive a 100% cotton race shirt.

*Event shirts are only guaranteed in your size if registered by April 14, 2018.

Event Day Photography

Event Day Photos by Captivating Event Photography


Continuing from last year, the runners will travel upriver on an out-and-back route with a key-hole loop starting at mile 3.5 and ending at mile 9.5. The key-hole loop will alleviate cross traffic. (note: slower runners may see faster runners on the return between mile 3.5 and mile 4. Please stay on the right side of the yellow center line if you incur cross traffic). This year our trail section will steer clear of rocky terrain. Click here to view the runners’ half marathon course.

Half marathon walkers will navigate the historical runners’ half marathon course which is an out-and-back, downriver route. Click here to view the walkers’ half marathon course.

Typical April 28 Weather Conditions

Sunny and 46-75 degrees

On-Site Registration & Packet Pickup

You can register and/or pick up your race packet starting on Thursday, April 26, from 4pm-7pm and continuing Friday, April 27, from 10am – 7pm at Fleet Feet Sports (2311 J Street, Sacramento).


First place overall and masters male and female earn special prizes. Top three in each age group also earn special prizes. All awards may be picked up at the Awards Tent in the post-race area. Awards will not be mailed, so please visit the Awards Tent if you finished in the top three of your age-group.

Age Divisions

Half Marathon – 12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

5k Run/Walk – 12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Otter Dash – medals for all the kids!

Fluid Stations

Fluid stations will be located approximately every 1.5-2 miles. Water will be served on the first few aid stations and Gatorade on all ensuing aid stations.

Driving Directions

The Parkway Half Marathon starts and finishes at William Pond Park, 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 95608.

  • From Hwy 50, take the Watt Ave exit and head 1 mile north to Fair Oaks Blvd. Turn right on Fair Oaks Blvd and head approx. 2.5 miles to Arden Way. Turn right on Arden Way. Head approx. 3/4 of a mile to the William Pond Park entrance.
  • From Capital City Freeway, take Arden Way and head east approx. 5.5 miles to the William Pond Park entrance.


Parking is available in William Pond Park and the Arden Way/McClaren Drive corridor and surrounding neighborhood, which is within easy walking distance to the start line. Plenty of parking signs and volunteers will assist you.  Carpooling is greatly encouraged!

Following are details of the parking logistics. Please note, it is very important that each of us do his or her part to make this plan work for everyone.

  • William Pond Park: Opens 5:45 A.M. Closes when full. Parking inside the park is on a first-come, first-served basis. We anticipate the park will fill up by approximately 6:30 A. M., but parking will close to traffic once filled, whether earlier or later than 6:30 A.M. Click here to view a map of the William Pond Park parking area.
  • Surrounding Neighborhood: Opens 5:45 A.M. No Closure time. For those who want to sleep in a little, parking in the surrounding neighborhood is the option for you! Please allow five to ten minutes of walking time to get to the race start line area. Click here to view a map of the surrounding neighborhood parking area.


Residence Inn Sacramento Cal Expo offers discounted room rates for our Parkway Half Marathon participants.

1530 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825 


For map and directions to hotel click here.

Directions to Race from Hotel – No Shuttle Service. Please consider Lyft

From the hotel parking lot, turn right (North) on to Howe Ave. At the first stoplight (Arden Way), turn Right (East) onto Arden Way. Head approx. 4.5 miles on Arden Way until reaching William Pond Park.