The Happy Girls Spokane courses are among our all time favorites!
We are excited about providing you with a unique racing opportunity that highlights both the stellar well-known Centennial Trail and the fantastic trail running opportunities adjacent to the city in Riverside State Park.
The 2017 Happy Girls Spokane Run will start and finish at the Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute near Spokane Falls Community College. The maps below reflect the courses and aid station locations. All courses are accurate to within 1/10th of a mile.
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The Start Loop and Finish Stretch is the same for all three distances. The start/finish takes place on the greens of the beautiful Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute campus.
Half Marathon Course (click for an interactive map) is 50/50 mix of pavement and dirt trail. The dirt trail is relatively smooth but there are several technical, rocky sections. There are several scree slides at roughly mile 4 to mile 4.3. Runners are advised to slow down and watch your footing. All up, the rocky sections total about 1 mile, distributed throughout the first 6 miles. A good rule of thumb is if you see rapids in the river, the trail is likely to be rocky there too. Rocks consist of some smooth river rock and some more jagged shale. The rest is hero dirt for sure. A spectacular course! We’re in love…
The 10K Course (click for an interactive map) consists of about a 50/50 mix of paved and dirt trails. There is one section of river rock that we would classify as technical rocky. It’s a couple hundred yards worth over the course of the full distance. There is also a short section of loose sticks that was recently placed as part of trail restoration efforts. Fair warning! It smells like horses near the coral. We think this course affords some amazing views and running terrain.
The 5K Course (click for an interactive map) is again, about a 50/50 mix of trails and pavement. There are no technical sections to this course. We would certainly say it’s rolling though…there isn’t a lot of flat on this course as you can see from the elevation guide below. Remember that 5K’s are awesome (as affirmed by Lauren Fleshman in the June 2014 issue of Runner’s World!), so we say just do it!