The Edmonds Economic Commission wants to bring more sports tourism to the city, which is why at tonight's City Council meeeting Mayor Dave Earling will authorize the signing of a contract with the Reinke Sports Group for the inaugural Edmonds Half Marathon.
The event (which also includes a 5K run) is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 16, and the city hopes it becomes an annual event.
The run will start and finish at the Civic Center Playfield, Sixth Avenue North and Bell Street. After going west of Main Street, runners will go south on Third Avenue South to 238th St. SW in Woodway. After traveling through Woodway, runners will head back north on Third Avenue. The route also includes portions of Caspers Street, Sunset Avenue, Olympic View Drive and 84th Ave. W, among other streets.
(See attached PDF for the full route.)
The event is part of the USRA Half Marathon Series Northwest Tour, which includes greater Portland Aug. 4, Yakima July 22 and Tri Cities, next February or March.
Medals and tech shirts will be awarded, and there will be food and a live band after the run.
You can register for the half-marathon at the USRA Web site. The cost is $60 for the half-marathon and $25 for the 5K run through June 30. After that date, the fee is increased by $5.