Saturday August 28th, 2021
Distance: Half Marathon · 5K
The Parkway Half Marathon has been an annual spring-time tradition for runners and walkers in the Sacramento region for 13 years! This flat, fast, and shady course travels along the American River Parkway through old-growth Oak forests, lush meadows, and pristine riparian habitat, making it a perfect race for a PR and a scenic journey for everyone!
But the Parkway Half is more than just a race. It is the first, and for nearly a decade, the ONLY race event to donate 100% of its proceeds to benefit the American River Parkway. With the support of over 25,000 participants and nearly $340,000 in donations to date for habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, trash clean up, kids’ interactive nature trails, and our latest project - new drinking fountain installations – participating in the Parkway Half Marathon is the number one way to support your Parkway!
Fun Facts – What does it really take to run the Parkway?
Each year, the American River Parkway sees 8 million visits for activities such as running, walking, horseback riding, cycling, kayaking, and fishing. The Parkway is 23 miles long and expands over 4,800 acres of land and water. And it takes a lot of resources and volunteers to keep the Parkway open.
The American River Parkway Half Marathon returns for its 11th anniversary 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 also features a total of 20 bands along the courses (ten on each), ice-cold water and Gatorade at each of the eight aid stations on each course, a full-color tech-fiber commemorative race jersey, a bling-worthy full-color medal for every half marathon finisher, a great lunch for all finishers featuring a meat or vegan wrap, fruit, cookie and beverage, and tons of fun things for the kids and family to do while waiting for their loved one to finish!
All in all, a great day for the entire family, training.