Sandpoint City Beach
Runners get ample exposure to one of the natural features that makes the Sandpoint area such a mecca for tourists at the annual late-summer Scenic Half, which takes runners on an out-and-back route that crosses the bridge over Lake Pend Orielle, a pristine, 43-mile-long lake carved by glaciers, whose shoreline wraps for more than 100 miles along the Kaniksu National Forest here in Northern Idaho.
The race’s half marathon, like its 10K and 5K runs, starts on Sandpoint’s City Beach, which lies at the end of the island just across the waterway from the city’s downtown. From there, runners follow Bridge Street to 1st Avenue, where they follow the bike path and then head to the Long Bridge that crosses the lake.
They follow the highway over the bridge, passing through Triangle Park, all the way to the half-way turnaround point on Lakeshore Road, on the southern side of the lake.
From there, runners then head back along Lakeshore Road and re-join Highway 95 that leads to the Long Bridge and then head back over the lake to Sandpoint City Beach, along the course they’ve just run, back to the finish line.
With the exception of a brief stretch of bike paths in the early part of the race, most of the rest of the course is run on paved surfaces.
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