Dalton Half Marathon

May 29, 2010

Runners test Dalton half marathon route

DALTON — About 30 runners tried out the route for the Dalton Half Marathon Saturday, and race director David Sanders said they liked what they saw.

“Most runners were surprised that we could find a race that flat in Dalton. Several were also pleased by the scenery of established Dalton neighborhoods and downtown Dalton,” he said.

Planned for Oct. 16, the Dalton Half Marathon, which organizers hope will become an annual event, will be one of 16 events in the United States Half Marathon Series, sponsored by the United States Runners Association.

Sanders, who is a member of the Dalton Sports Council and of the board of Carpet Capital Running Club, says half marathons have exploded in popularity over the past half dozen years or so. But he says that, for those for who running 13.1 miles is a bit daunting, the race will also feature a 5-kilometer and a 1-mile run.

“And, of course, you don’t have to run the half marathon. There are plenty of people who will walk it,” he said.

Sanders said he expects the race to attract around 1,000 participants.

Brett Huske, executive director of the Dalton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is coordinating the event, expects a $325,000 shot in the arm to the local economy.

Sanders laid out the course with input from other members of the racing club.

The half marathon will start and end on King Street, just east of Selvidge Street. He said that allows them to use the Dalton Green as a staging area and place for family members to wait on runners.

“Our top concern was safety. We wanted to have the safest route possible, and the Dalton Police Department has been phenomenal in helping us to put this together,” he said. “And we really wanted to feature Dalton. We wanted to go through downtown Dalton. We wanted to feature some of our beautiful neighborhoods.”

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