The 2014 Capital City Marathon is one of the most entertaining races of the year, and the 26.2-mile journey through Olympia, Washington, makes the backdrop for this testament of the human spirit even more exciting.
With a packed schedule that includes a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5.2-mile run and a kids run, this event has blossomed from a runner’s paradise into an athletic event the whole family can enjoy.
Here is all the vital information runners and spectators need for Sunday’s big race.
Where: Olympia, Washington
When: Sunday, May 18
Watch: Not televised
|Kids Run||Saturday, May 17||4 p.m.|
|Full Marathon||Sunday, May 18||7 a.m.|
|Half Marathon||Sunday, May 18||7:45 a.m.|
|Five Miler (5.2 miles)||Sunday, May 18||8 a.m.|
*Map via CapitalCityMarathon.org.
Breaking Down the 2014 Capital City Marathon
While the Capital City Marathon from Olympia, Washington, doesn’t garner the same mainstream focus as races like the Boston Marathon or New York City Marathon, this is still one of the most exciting parties of the year.
Organizers have set up a great course for runners, and there is always a chance that this is the year course records are broken. On the men’s side, 2010 race winner John Riak dominated the field and registered an impressive time of two hours, 31 minutes and nine seconds.
The record has stood ever since.
The city of Olympia’s Twitter account shared the travel delays as the marathon takes over:
Traffic revisions on Capital Way this Sunday from approx 10pm to 4am Monday morning EXPECT DELAYS http://t.co/kpaxMHrd6P— City of Olympia (@cityofolympia) May 13, 2014
On the women’s side, Vanessa Hunter set the course record in 2006 when she ran a blistering time of 2:49:07. After Stephanie Kuhn managed a winning time of 3:18:54 in last year’s event, it will take an incredible performance to top the women’s record this weekend.
Setting records will be even harder if Mother Nature plays a role.
According to Weather.com, the forecast for this weekend is looking bleak. Not only are meteorologists calling for a 40 percent chance of rain on Saturday, but they are also calling for a 40 percent chance of rain on Sunday.
Will the rain ruin the fun times?
The running environment will not be ideal with the possible precipitation, but the local support the runners will receive from the Washington crowd should be great. Fans from all over the area will flock to Olympia to support their fellow American citizens and the international runners who will travel to this event.
With areas along the course set up for optimal viewing pleasure, according to Craig Hill of The News Tribune in Tacoma, fans will be able to get up close and personal with the runners as they make their way through the course.
If the beauty and splendor of the Olympia sights wasn’t enough for marathoners and the spectators, the post-race festivities will feature an eclectic mix of food, music, massages and merchandise.
As one of the most family-friendly races all year, this will be a great way to spend a Sunday.
*All stats and information via CapitalCityMarathon.com.