The Walnut Creek Half Marathon is a fun and exciting course for all; runners and walkers alike enjoy this course for its ever-changing scenery and spirited volunteers along the route. The course, which is mostly flat boasts both an uphill and a downhill portion between mile 5-7, giving runners an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful downtown and mountain range as they descend onto Ygnacio Valley Rd.
The Half Marathon Relay is one of our two new events introduced in 2014, which gives a new perspective on the half marathon for those who want to have some fun. This 2-person team for either male, female or mixed in what we call our open category is sure to please and will be a fun and exciting event for folks of all ages. Teams can choose to run the first or second leg. Leg one is 6.1 miles and leg two is 7 miles. Prizes will be awarded to to top 3 teams in each category.
The 5K (3.1 miles), begins in Civic Park East where the festival will be hosted. Staging will happen on the grass under the large inflatable arch. Runners will make their way out of the park heading North on the Canal trail and ultimately turning around at Walden Park and coming back to the park. At this time of year runners can expect to see the various trees changing their colors along the course. The 5K is a flat course and runners will negotiate minimal turns, making this a fairly straight forward run.
The kids un-timed fun run is our newest event for kids 12 and under. This run will begin and end in civic park and those registered will be able to enjoy the same benefits of the other runners, receiving a shirt for registering, their very own bib, and a medal for crossing the finish line. The emphasis around the kids fun run is to be able to introduce our younger generation to the world of health, wellness, fitness through running, and having fun in a social environment. This is going to be a fun event!