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Event Information

The 14th Annual Urban Cow Half Marathon, Two-Person Relay and 5k Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 in William Land Park, Sacramento, California.

  • Race Beneficiaries

    The Urban Cow Half Marathon benefits and promotes the sport we love. The following local, non-profit youth running programs and high school x-country teams receive much needed funding from our event:

    Bella Vista H.S. X-Country
    Buffalo Chips Youth Running Club
    Carmichael Running Club
    Cordova H.S. X-Country
    East Sacramento Running Academy
    El Camino H.S. X-Country
    Elk Grove H.S. X-Country
    Fit for Girls
    Franklin H.S. X-Country
    Girls on the Run
    Granite Bay H.S. X-Country
    Kennedy H.S. X-Country
    Oak Hill Youth Running Club
    Sutter Middle School Track & Field
    Woodcreek H.S. X-Country
    Woodland H.S. X-Country

    In addition, partial proceeds from Urban Cow go to the American River Parkway Foundation. The Foundation maintains the beautiful parkway where many of the aforementioned groups train.

    Start Times

    Half Marathon Wave 1 (Under 2 hour projected finish time/9:10 min./mi. pace and under) and all Two-Person Relay Teams: 7:30am Sharp

    Half Marathon Wave 2 (Over 2 hour projected finish time/9:11 min./mi. pace and over: 7:35am Sharp

    5k Run/Walk: 7:55am

    Please arrive early allowing plenty of time before your race start.

    Sorry, No Refunds!  Last day to transfer or change distances is Sunday, September 30.

    Race Features

    Micro-fiber shirts for everyone; live bands; scenic flat and fast course; custom cowbell finisher  medals for everyone and cool age-group awards; ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing by Capital Road Race Management; ideal weather; post-race snacks and Lagunitas Beer Garden.

    All participants registered thru October 3rd are guaranteed a shirt in his/her size.

    Back by popular demand, we will again award 5k finishers with custom cowbells.

    Typical Weather Conditions

    Sunny and 58 – 78 degrees

    On-Site Registration & Packet Pickup

    You can register and/or pick up your bib and shirt at Fleet Feet Sports (2311 J St., Sacramento) on

    Friday, October 5 from 10am to 7pm or
    Saturday, October 6 from 10am to 5pm

    NOTE: Pre-registered participants may pick up their bib and shirt on Race Day starting at 6:15am.

    Race day registration is only available if we are not sold out.

    Event Merchandise 

    Plenty of cool Urban Cow merchandise will be available for sale during packet pickup at Fleet Feet Sports, (2311 J Street, Sacramento) and at the race on Sunday morning.


    First, second and third place overall male and female in the Half Marathon receive special prizes. First masters male and female win special prizes. Top three age-group winners earn custom Urban Cow special awards. Overall male and female and masters female and male winners in the 5k earn special prizes while top three age group finishers will be custom Urban Cow awards. Top three all male, all female, and co-ed win special prizes in the Two-Person Relay.

    Awards will be presented to the top three overall and top masters winners in the Half Marathon on stage. The overall male and female and masters male and female winners in the 5k will also receive their awards on stage. The awards ceremony will take place at 9:45 am.

    All other awards may be picked up at the Awards Tent. Awards will not be mailed so please visit the Awards Tent if you think you finished in the top three in your age group. If you fail to pick up your award on race day, you can pick up your award at Fleet Feet Sports, 2311 J Street, Sacramento starting TBD.


    There are no hotels within walking distance of the start/finish line. The closest hotels are approximately 2-3 miles away. Most out-of-town participants will stay downtown, less than 10 minutes from the race, or at The Westin Sacramento which is located on the race course and only 2 miles from the start/finish.

    The Hyatt Regency, 1209 L Street, (916) 443-1234, offers a special discounted room rate through (TBD) if you use this group reservation link: #.   Please register early — after TBD, the group rate will no longer be available and reservations will be made based on the hotel’s availability at the prevailing rate.

  • Time Limits

    Half Marathon and Two-Person Relay runners have a 4 hour time limit – or until the cows come home (whichever comes first) – to complete the events. 5K walkers have 1 hour (19 min./mi. pace) to finish.

    Aid Stations

    Aid stations will be located approximately every 2 miles. Our aid stations are supported by local high school cross country team members. Water will be served on the first several tables and Gatorade (Lemon Lime flavor) on the following tables.

    Driving Directions

    From Hwy. 99 north or south, take the 12th Ave. exit. Head west on 12th Ave. approximately 1 mile. 12th Ave. dead-ends into William Land Park. From Hwy 5, north or south, take the Sutterville Rd. exit. Head east on Sutterville Rd. approximately ¾ mi. For Internet mapping purposes, Sacramento City College is located at 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822. 


    Parking is available along the outside streets of William Land Park and at the north parking lot and parking structure at Sacramento City College (1/2 mile from the start line). A Sacramento Regional Transit bus will be on hand to shuttle participants from and to the parking lot. Download the parking map here.  The shuttle bus route is here.

    Pace Team

    Are you interested in running a specific time or perhaps a personal best in the half marathon? See Pace Teams for details.

    Two-Person Relay

    Our Two-Person Relay is a half-marathon relay with each person running an equal distance of 6.55 miles.

    Each relay partner must wear a bib number on the front of his/her shirt.  Two-Person Relay members will touch hands at the exchange zone.  IMPORTANT:  Each relay partner will be given a timing tag at packet pickup… if you cross the finish line without a timing tag, you will not have a recorded finish time for your Two-Person Relay.

    We highly recommend that Two-Person relay participants pick up their race packets ahead of time to avoid any race-day hassles.

    Note: Shuttle buses to/from the park/exchange point will be provided.  The relay shuttle buses will run every 15-20 minutes starting at 6:45am. The relay shuttle from the start will leave from directly in front of the entrance to Sac City College on Freeport Blvd. The drop off will be in front of the Crocker Art Museum. The last bus returning from Crocker Park will depart at 10am.

    Gear Check/Bike Parking

    For your convenience, there will be a monitored gear check and bike parking area.

    Age Divisions

    Half Marathon

    12 & Under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25–29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+


    12 and under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25–29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

    Two-Person Relay

    All Male, All Female, Co-Ed

    Course Map Links: 

    Half Marathon Course Map (pdf)

    5k Course Map (pdf)

    Course Description*

    Essentially a loop course, our USDA Prime certified route starts in historic William Land Park – home to the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and the city’s oldest golf course – and runs through green grassy meadows and tree canopies for the first 1.5 miles. The course then winds through one of Sacramento’s most picturesque neighborhoods to 3.25 miles before taking you to Front Street heading toward downtown Sacramento. The route enters downtown at Mile 5 near the corner of 3rd and “R” Streets. After a left turn on 5th Street, you’ll continue north to Capitol Mall. A quick glance to your right will reveal the California State Capitol Building. At 5.8 miles, the “K” Street Mall Pedestrian Walkway takes you under the I-5 Freeway to the 6-mile mark in Old Sacramento – the unique 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park located along the beautiful Sacramento River. After skirting Old Sacramento, you’ll now head south on the Sacramento River Promenade passing the Tower Bridge on the right and the newly renovated Crocker Art Museum on the left. With the Sacramento River on your right, you’ll enjoy running along the Sacramento River Bicycle Trail passing the relay exchange point before hitting Miller Park where live music will greet you at Mile 7.25. You can check out your competition over the next out-and-and back section through the Sacramento Marina. Back on the bike trail, you’ll migrate south for a couple miles, including a watering hole, exiting the trail right through Sacramento’s newest luxury hotel, The Westin Sacramento Hotel near Mile 10.75. A sharp left turn at The Westin lands you on Riverside Boulevard. Riverside Boulevard will “steer” you back to William Land Park for 1 mile before taking a right turn into the park for a final 1.3 miles to the place where all the cows come home and hang their shoes – the finish line.