Quick Overview | Course Description | Course Map | Elevation Profile | Course Time Limit
Participants will be on paved-concrete city trail 8 to 10 feet wide at all times during this race.
For the half marathon and marathon: The course is 6.55 miles out-and-back which is then run 2 times for the half marathon and half marathon relay, and 4 times for the marathon.
The 5K loops through Celebration Park and Celebration Pass Trail in a mostly out-and-back course.
The courses are USATF-certified (TX11165ETM for the full marathon, TX11164ETM for the half marathon, and the 5K course certification is pending), and the full marathon is a Boston Qualifier.
The course starts and finishes in one of the City of Allen Parks Department’s crown jewels, Celebration Park. Celebration Park is 99 acres and Allen’s newest Community Park. Phase I was completed in 2003 in time for the 50th Anniversary of Allen’s charter. Phase II was completed in 2010. The park’s amenities include lighted baseball and soccer fields, the enormous Kid Mania community-built playground and adjoining sprayground, lighted tennis courts, and a large sport court. This is the park where Allen hosts anywhere from 50,000 to 85,000 area residents each year for its AllenUSA celebration around the July 4th holiday.
The Kid Mania playground looks like about 5 or 6 large playgrounds all connected together. This is extremely close to the start/finish and a great place for the kids to play (supervised) while a parent is running the race.
Interestingly, the sprayground right next to the Kid Mania playground is one of the first projects the beneficiary of this race, the Allen Parks Foundation, tackled after it was formed. Proceeds from the New Year’s Double will allow the Allen Parks Foundation to explore and implement more major community projects in future years! Of course, for the time of year of this race, the sprayground is closed for the winter.
Half Marathon and Full Marathon:
Runners will circle through Celebration Park for the first 2 miles before taking a short ramp into a tunnel running under Angel Parkway. Another short ramp on the other side of the lighted tunnel and you are on Celebration Pass Trail which opened in June 2011. This trail is straight as an arrow for over a mile.
Cross a bridge, with a pond and a fountain as part of your scenery, take a right where the trail forks, and you’ll find yourself at Stacy Ridge Park, a cute neighborhood park for residents of northeast Allen. At 14.7 acres in size, Stacy Ridge Park has a covered pavilion, picnic tables, playground, and basketball courts. The trail naturally loops around here for a gentle race turnaround!
Runners will then travel back the way they came. Upon re-entering Celebration Park, it’s another mile back to the start/finish area. Half Marathon participants head out for one more loop, and Marathon participants will do this loop 4 times total.
5K participants will enjoy a shortened out-and-back course through Celebration Park and Celebration Pass trail. The 5K course in 2014/2015 is new!
Half Marathon Map
Here is a another mapping of the route, with elevation profile. Click the 3D button on the right side of the map to see an aerial flyover of the course!
5K Course Map
All courses subject to potential significant change!
The course is flat, with a small ramp into and out of a tunnel that runs beneath Angel Parkway.
Minimum elevation of 640 feet, maximum elevation of 690 feet.
Course Time Limit:
The 5K has a time limit of 1 hour and 10 minutes, since the 5K is completed before the half and full marathon start.
There is a 7 hour time limit for the half and full marathon. Participants must complete the distance for which they are registered within the time limit to receive an official finish time and a finisher medal.
Anyone completing 2 course loops (13.1 miles) after 3 hours, 45 minutes will be stopped. We recognize that, at that point, the participant would not be able to finish within the 7 hour time limit.
Anyone completing 3 course loops (19.65 miles) after 5 hours, 25 minutes will be stopped. We recognize that, at that point, the participant would not be able to finish within the 7 hour time limit.
Those unable to complete the full marathon will not be given an official half marathon finish or a half marathon finisher medal since medal quantity is carefully allocated and ordered way in advance.