Horseshoe Lake Park
Follow the course through the Woodland Bottoms just when the tulips and lilacs are in full bloom. Take in breath-taking views of the Columbia and Lewis Rivers.
The Marathon begins and finishes at Horsehoe Lake, just west of I-5 at exit 21. From Horseshoe Lake, you'll head south around the open part of the lake's horseshoe and then around the lake towards the historic Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.
The run continues through the outskirts of downtown and heads out into the beautiful countryside where you'll be greeted with big open fields and a rural landscape of farmhouses, barns, and livestock. A large variety of birds are attracted to this confluence area of the Columbia River Valley.
At Dike Road, runners head north for a 6+ mile down and back the Columbia River. The route then continues south on Dike Road for almost 5 miles. At mile 15 3/4 the route will head north for a 6 mile loop, called Veterans Loop, through scenic farmlands. Veterans Loop features double arches in honor of those who fought and gave their lives for the United States. Runners will then cross over the 3/4 mile gravel dike along the north fork of the Lewis River. Upon crossing the dike, marathoners take a short down and back to the boat launch before setting off on the last 2 miles. For the home stretch, fields upon fields of Holland America Flower Gardens' colorful tulips spread out on both sides of the road.
Enjoy the beauty of spring in the air as you run past tulips and continue to the finish line at Horseshoe Lake to relax with a refreshing microbew or cold root beer.
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