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Mammoth Lakes Half Marathon

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There is a half Marathon every weekend in California this year. The Mammoth Marathon and San Diego Marathon is promoted as a challenge.  The Mammoth Half Marathon is a premier race event and the 2nd leg of the San Diego – Mammoth Challenge. The race is organized by the San Diego Half Marathon team. The San Diego Half Marathon is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). 100% of the net proceeds from the Mammoth Half Marathon & 5K event will go towards community service projects and select charitable causes in Mammoth Lakes.  In addition to the funding, we hope to catalyze volunteerism as a way to help the communities throughout Mammoth Lakes.  The Mammoth Half Marathon will also benefit additional charities by enabling runners to raise money for any or all of the select causes that are important to them.

Mammoth Half Marathon 2015

The 2015 Mammoth Lakes half Marathon took place here on June 22, 2015 starting at 7:30 AM from the parking lot at Horseshoe Lake which is at around 9000 feet above sea level with 1500 participants from 4 countries and 24 US States. The weather was cold and windy at the start with runners supplied with thermal covers as they got off of the buses with the first runners arriving an hour before the race was to start..

Wave Starts: To ensure a great experience for every runner, a wave start is used.  This means that runners will be grouped according to their individually predicted finish time. Each wave starts separately, one after the other, with short intervals in between.  Wave starts allow for plenty of space along the course, without affecting your ‘chip’ time (or, the elapsed time to go from start line to finish line).

Course Highlights

  • Scenic 13.1-mile course
  • Start Line:  at Horseshoe Lake
  • Finish Line:  Old Mammoth Road in Downtown Mammoth Lakes, complete with a Celebrate Mammoth Lakes Block Party
  • Hundreds of volunteers to support your race
  • Aid stations approximately every 2 miles, to include water, electrolyte drink (and/or energy gels)
  • Physicians, nurses and additional roving medical & safety personnel
  • The 2015 Half Marathon course has been USATF sanctioned and certified by an IAAF/AIMS Level A measurer. Certification code: CA15005DT
  • 4-hour half marathon course time limit (18 min/mile pace)
  • The participants were every size, shape and color with the common goal of having a great time running, jogging, and walking. The first person to cross the finish line did so in one hour and eight minutes. The last participant crossed the finish line about three hours later.

Every participant received a medal for finishing the marathon. Those that completed both the San Diego and Mammoth Lakes half Marathon received a medal recognizing they had participated in both events. I was at the finishing line handing out medals to all finishers and I estimated that around half of the runners had been in both races.

My wife Andrea and I were among a few   hundred volunteers from various organizations like Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes  Board of Realtors, and  Mammoth Hospital Staff just to name a few of the organizations involved.

The event gets bigger each year. If you might be interested in participating as a runner or a volunteer you will be welcomed with open arms


Email:  info@mammothhalfmarathon.com

Facebook: facebook.com/mammothhalf

Written by Michael Shuttleworth of Resort Property Realty, Inc.

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