|Washington > Toe Jam Hill Half Marathon & 5K
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Washington state's Bainbridge Island, which lies just across the Puget
Sound from Seattle, serves as the backdrop for one of the region's most
challenging and scenic half-marathon road races, the Toe Jam Hill Half
Marathon & 5K, which is run to benefit the local Boys &
Girls Club of Bainbridge Island. The spring 2008 running of the race
saw just over 150 runners and walkers come out to compete in both races
combined, which was the event's 28th annual running.
From the starting line at Woodbridge Middle School and Sakai Elementary
School on Sportsman's Road, the race takes runners along a course that
winds its way southward through the island, past Eagle Harbor, Blakely
Harbor and South Point. As runners traverse the tree-shaded country
roads along the route, including Blakely Avenue, Fort Ward Hill Drive
and South Beach Drive, they face the sometimes steep uphills and
downhill stretches Bucklin Hill, Old Mill Road Hill and the aptly named
Toe Jam Hill, from which the race gets its name.
After making the loop around South Beach along the island's southern
point, runners then begin the trek back northward toward the finish
line at the middle and elementary schools. While the 5K is open to both
runners and walkers, the half-marahton is open to runners only, and
begins at 9:30 AM.
Weather & Climate
The early months of the year usually bring ample rainfall to the
Bainbridge Island area, though April is among its drier months of the
year, with nearly 3 1/2 inches of average rainfall. Temperatures tend
to be chilly to mild, averaging between 41°F and 59°F
during the month.
$35 if registered by March 21, 2008
$45 from March 22 - April 17
$55 on the day of the race
Online registration for the spring 2008 running of the Toe Jam Hill
Half Marathon is now closed. Please check back later for updated
information on how to register for the 2009 race.
Your Race Story
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