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.
|2nd Male||1:14:30||Anthony Cortes|
|3rd Male||1:14:56||Daniel Arkes|
|4th Male||1:17:28||casey engmark|
|2nd Female||1:32:26||Elizabeth Caparis|
|3rd Female||1:35:09||Elizabeth Fireman|
|4th Female||1:35:44||Rachel Vannette|
"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."