Friday, April 25, 2008

Marathon halved


By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer

Runners head out from Sun Valley at the 2007 Half Marathon. Photo by Willy Cook

The fourth annual Sun Valley/Ketchum U.S. Half Marathon will take place 9 a.m. to noon, May 24, in conjunction with the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Participants can run or walk the 5K (3.1 miles), 12K (7.46 miles) or the half marathon (13.1 miles). The event also includes a Kids MaraFUN, sponsored by Blaine County Title for ages 4 to 9.

The race will begin in Sun Valley Village. Over 500 runners will compete, including a handful of elite runners from Idaho and surrounding states. The picturesque 13.1-mile loop course runs from Sun Valley Village through Elkhorn and Ketchum along the Wood River Valley trail system. At the finish, DJ Lenny Joseph will spin discs, and there will be food and beverages and the race awards ceremony.

The event's title sponsor will be Sanofi Aventis, part of the Prostate Awareness Council on Education Race Series. Complete race information and registration can be found at sunvalleyhalf.com.

Neighbors along the course that runs through Sun Valley, Elkhorn and Ketchum should be aware that the majority of the race will take place on the bike path that loops around these neighborhoods.

For more information on the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, go to sunvalleywellness.org.




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