The 11th Annual Urban Cow Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2015 in William Land Park, Sacramento, California.
The event is limited to the first 4,200 in the Half Marathon; 1,200 in the 5k Run/Walk and 250 Teams in the Half Marathon Relay.
The Urban Cow Half Marathon benefits and promotes the sport we love. The following local, non-profit youth running programs and high school x-country teams receive much needed funding from our event:
Fit for Girls
Oak Hill Running Club
Carmichael Running Club
Buffalo Chips Youth Running Club
El Camino H.S. X-Country
Woodcreek H.S. X-Country
Elk Grove H.S. X-Country
St. Francis H.S. X-Country
Granite Bay H.S. X-County
Kennedy H.S. X-Country
Cordova H.S. X-Country
McClatchy H.S. X-Country
In addition, partial proceeds from Urban Cow go to the American River Parkway Foundation. The Foundation maintains the beautiful parkway where many of the aforementioned groups train.
Half Marathon Wave 1 (Under 2 hour projected finish time/9:10 min./mi. pace and under) and all Half Marathon Relay Teams: 7:30am Sharp
Half Marathon Wave 2 (Over 2 hour projected finish time/9:11 min./mi. pace and over: 7:35am Sharp
5k Run/Walk: 7:55am
Please arrive early allowing plenty of time before your race start.
Sorry, No Refunds & No Race Day Registration!
No Race Day Registration
(However, packet pickup is available on race morning starting at 6:15 am)
New Balance Micro-fiber shirts; Live bands; Scenic flat and fast course; Custom cowbell finisher awards* and cool age-group awards; ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing; Ideal weather; Delicious post-race food and Lockdown Brewery Beer Garden.
* Half-Marathon & Relay Finishers only
5k entrants receive 100% cotton shirt
Events shirts are guaranteed in your size if registered prior to October 2nd.
5k participants will also receive finisher cowbells as a 10th Anniversary treat.
Typical Weather Conditions
Sunny and 58 - 78 degrees
On Site Reg & Packet Pickup
You can register and/or pick up your race packet starting on
Thursday from 4pm to 7pm and continuing Friday from 10am to 7pm and
Saturday from 10am to 5pm at Fleet Feet Sports (
NOTE: Pre-registered participants may pick up their race packets on Race Day as well starting at 6:15am. HOWEVER, THERE IS NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATION.
Plenty of cool event merchandise will be available for sale at packet
pickup and late registration at Fleet Feet Sports,
First, second and third place overall male and female in the Half Marathon receive special prizes. First masters male and female win special prizes. Age-group winners earn unique cow-related awards. Second and third place finishers win custom medals. Overall male and female and masters female and male winners in the 5k earn special prizes while top three age group finishers will be awarded custom medals. Top three all male, all female, and co-ed relay teams win special prizes.
Awards will be presented to the top three overall and top master’s winners in the Half Marathon on stage. The overall male and female and masters male and female winners in the 5k will also receive their awards on stage. The awards ceremony will take place at 9:45 am.
All other awards may be picked up at the Awards Tent. Awards will not
be mailed so please visit the Awards Tent if you think you finished in
the top three in your age group. If you fail to pick up your award on
race day, you can pick up your award at Fleet Feet Sports,
There are no hotels within walking distance of the start/finish line. The closest hotels are approximately 2-3 miles away. Most out-of-town participants will stay downtown, less than 10 minutes from the race, or at The Westin Sacramento which is located on the race course and only 2 miles from the start/finish.
The Hyatt Regency,
On a budget? Consider Hostelling International Sacramento. Dorm beds are $29.99 per bed/per night, including tax, linens, towels, and breakfast, with waiver of the $3 nightly non-member fee for all half-marathon guests. Go to http://www.norcalhostels.org/sac for more information and to register.
Other lodging options can be found by visiting www.discovergold.org.
Aid stations will be located approximately every 2 miles. Our aid stations are supported by local high school cross country team members. Water will be served on the first several tables and Gatorade (Lemon Lime flavor) on the following tables.
From Hwy. 99 north or south, take the
Parking is available along the outside streets of William Land Park and at the north parking lot and parking structure at Sacramento City College (1/2 mile from the start line). A Sacramento Regional Transit will be on hand to shuttle participants from and to the parking lot. Download the parking map here. The shuttle bus route is here.
Are you interested in running a specific time or perhaps a personal best in the half marathon? See Pace Team for details.
Our Half Marathon Relay is a two-person relay team with each person
running/walking an equal distance of 6.55 miles. The relay includes
three divisions: all female, all male, and coed. The relay exchange
point is on the Waterfront Promenade between Old Sacramento and
We highly recommend that relay teams pick up their race packets ahead of time to avoid any race-day hassles.
Note: Shuttle buses to/from the park/exchange point will be provided. The relay shuttle buses will
run every 15-20 minutes starting at 6:45am. The relay shuttle from the
start will leave from directly in front of the entrance to
Gear Check/Bike Parking
For your convenience, there will be a monitored gear check and bike parking area.
12 & Under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25–29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25–29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Two-Person Half Marathon Relay
All Male, All Female, Co-EdCourse Map Links: :
Half Marathon Course Map (pdf)
Essentially a loop course, our
USDA Prime certified route starts in historic William Land Park – home
to the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and the city’s oldest golf course
– and runs through green grassy meadows and tree canopies for the first
1.5 miles. The course then winds through one of
5K (USATF Certification # CA13105RS)
Our 5K course travels along
the winding, shaded streets inside
Elevation Map :
:Half Marathon Elevation Map (pdf)
Not too much hill training needed for this one!
First Aid: First Aid Stations Map (pdf)
Live Band Map:
Live Bands Map
The music should help keep you moovin'!
The music should help keep you moovin'!