After a two year hiatus, the running community brought back the 10+ year Grants Pass Half Marathon back to life in 2017! The Community came to race, and asked for more! In 2018, we are excited to add a Full Marathon, in addition to the Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and Kids race (with a costume theme). Racers are more than welcome to wear costumes in any of the races.
The beautiful fall scenery of the route captures the perfect autumn scenery along the majestic Rouge River. A good portion of the route, not only runs parallel to the river, a stone’s throw away, but also features constant views of the Siskiyou Mountain Range. The run will be mainly flat, with some slight rolling features, as it follows a locally renown road bike route. For the 1/2 Marathon and Full Marathon, there will be slight incline running on the beautiful Azalea route, which is lined with ample shoulders as you run through a winding fall foliage. At the turnaround point, you see the epic bend in the Rogue River, and you loop back as the routes are a “there and back” course mapping. As you return, you will descent on swooping views of farms, a nature preserve, and will pass a Corn Maize.
Historically speaking, as many of you know, the race previously ran part of the race route downtown Grants Pass. Due to 6th Street Bridge Construction, the race will be on the beautiful country roads of Lower River Road, and Upper River Road. In 2017, we redesigned the course to incorporate more of the Rogue River, and the beautiful farm and country roads we have on the shoulder of the Rogue River in Grants Pass.
We hope to see you there!
This event will be benefiting the GP cross country team.