This race was developed to honor the police officers from Stanislaus County who were killed in the line of duty. In honor of these heroes, the start line, finish line and each mile of the half marathon will be dedicated to one of the 15 fallen officers from Stanislaus County. The officers photo along with the agency they worked for and their “End of watch” date will be displayed at their mile marker.
The half marathon course is flat, fast and will highlight many jewels of Modesto.
The race start/finish line is located in front of the picturesque Gallo Center for the Arts where pictures of fallen officers will be displayed on their giant LCD screen. Runners will be treated to an opening ceremony that includes the presentation of colors by law enforcement color guard units and bag pipers playing amazing grace.
Once the race begins it will make its way through downtown and into the scenic college area. After running by Modesto Junior College and into the shaded residential neighborhoods of the college area runners will locate their first aide station at well the popular Graceda Park. Once refueling, participants make a brief reappearance downtown to pass by the McHenry Mansion and McHenry Museum. The course then flows into wooded Dry Creek Park where music and another aide station will keep runners motivated. Runners will exit the Park at McClure Dr and make their way to Claus Rd and then onto Scenic Dr. Runners then make their way back downtown where there will be no mistaking the finish line. Two Fire Department ladder trucks will be waving a 50 foot American flag over the finish line to motivate runners to finish strong.
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The 5K course will follow the half marathon route until the participants return downtown during the second mile of the race. Runners will turn right onto F St and follow 14th St back to I St where they will glide to the amazing finish line.
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KIDS FUN RUN (FREE)
The Kids Fun Run is sure to be a blast! One of our local police chiefs will be on hand to deputize the participants of this race so they can have the proper credentials to “Catch the Crook.” Our crook will be dressed in a black and white jail outfit and there is no doubt these junior police officers will make sure justice prevails. This course will be approximately a half mile long and participants must be 12 years or younger. Parents are welcome to run with their children.
The course will feature several entertainment groups ranging from spirit squads, school bands, and local bands.
WATER AND PERFORMANCE DRINK AID STATIONS
There will be 6 water and performance drink aid stations along the course. They will be located at the following locations
- Mile 2
- Mile 4.75
- Mile 6.75
- Mile 8.75
- Mile 10.5
- Mile 11.5
All water stations on the course will be single sided and will have medical personnel and portable toilets at each location.
For your safety and for the timely reopen of the streets to vehicular traffic, you must reach key locations by specified times (equivalent to a 18 minute per mile pace) or you will be required to move to the sidewalk and follow all traffic laws.
SAG (SUPPORT) WAGON AND BACK OF THE PACK CREW
The Back of the Pack Crew and SAG Wagon will signify the end of the field and the maximum 18 minutes per mile pace. They will not start timing until the last person crosses the start line and will be with you throughout the race. If you cannot keep pace, the crew will help you as you board the SAG Wagon or move to the side of the road.