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March 19, 2017 (Sunday)
Marathon, Half Marathon
Downtown
Modesto, California
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The Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon features marathon, half marathon and 5K races benefiting the Teens Run Modesto (TRM) program. Through TRM, area youth, especially those at risk, are taught valuable life skills through the training for and completion of a marathon. We also have an adult training group (see our website for details) as we encourage a more active, healthy lifestyle in our community.

The Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon and Half Marathon courses feature a downtown 7 a.m. start Runners finish the out and back course near the host Doubletree Hotel/Modesto Convention Center.

The flat, fast course will be open 7 hours, allowing adequate time for first-time marathoners.

The 5K loop begins at 7:20 a.m., at 11th and M streets, traveling down the Virginia Corridor and finishing at M Street.

Aid stations with water and electrolyte drinks approximately every 2 miles along the course. First aid at every aid station.

Port-a-potties at the Start/Finish, and approximately mile 6, 11 1/2, 16 1/2, and 21 1/2.

New this year: Duffle bags to the first 2,000 to register, and chip timing!

Also, first-time Boston qualifiers can win a trip to Boston! See details at www.modestomarathon.com.

Event Start Location
Downtown Modesto, 11th and M streets

Course Description
The Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon course features a downtown 7 a.m. start, and travels through scenic tree-lined historic college neighborhoods, including the celebrated “house in the middle of the road.” Runners will then head past Modesto Junior College’s west campus, and into the countryside viewing the beautiful Diablo Mountain Range, passing the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. Runners then head back toward town, finishing near the host Doubletree Hotel/Modesto Convention Center.

The flat, fast course will be open 7 hours, allowing adequate time for first-time marathoners.

Half Marathon: 7 a.m. start in conjuntion with the marathon, following the same course until the turnaround at approximately 7 1/4 miles. Walkers and first-timers are especially encouraged to participate.

5K: 3.1 mile loop begins at 7:20 a.m. on M Street, traveling city streets to the Virginia Corridor, finishing at M Street.

Awards
Medals to all marathon and half marathon finishers.

New: awards will be given in 5 year age divisions, starting at 19-under, 20-24, 25-29, etc. to 80+

Awards will be given to the top 3 males and females in each age division.

Goody bags include a commemorative duffle bag and technical shirt to the first 2,000 to register in the full and half marathons.

T-shirts and goody bags (no duffle bags) to 5K runners/walkers.

Timing / Results
Chip timing by ShadowChase Running Club of Modesto.

Post Race Activities
Post race festivities at the finish line area featuring food and entertainment.

Directions
From the North: Take CA-99 South toward Modesto/Fresno. Take the 132/Maze Blvd. exit toward CA-108. Turn left on CA-132/L Street. Continue down L Street to the Modesto Convention Center, Center Plaza, 1150 Ninth St.

From the South: Take CA-99 North toward Modesto. Take exit CA-132/Central Modesto. Turn slight left onto 6th Street. Turn right onto L Street. Continue on L Street to Modesto Convention Center, Center Plaza, 1150 Ninth St.
 
 

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