tions — particularly near the end — got a little confusing.
That’s why the Robin Hill Run’s shorter event got transformed from a five-kilometer race to a three-mile one, says race organizer Carol Clayton.
And while a tenth of a mile may seem insignificant, for runners and walkers in past years who cut short the course or lost time thanks to confusion, it’s a welcome change.
“We did modify the course slightly; we took out a little out-and-back before the finish,” Clayton said. “The course is a little complicated. The last little out-and-back is easy to miss. It’s a little bit easier for the runners and easier for us to set up.”
Most of the Robin Hill Run remains the same, however, with a loop through the park’s meadows and, for the 10-kilometer runners, a 3.2-mile, out-and-back jaunt along the nearby Olympic Discovery Trail.
Clayton said race organizers will try to tape off areas where runners aren’t supposed to go.
Still, Clayton said, it’s a good idea to check out the online course map (athleteschoice.info).
Last year, despite a driving rain, Sequim teachers Don Lichten and Laura Gould won the men’s and women’s 10k races. Lichten won the 10k in 41:57 while Gould finished third overall with a 42:33 mark.
Shane Dinius and Stephanie Marcy, then Sequim High School seniors, won the 5k men’s and women’s divisions. Dinius finished in 19:07 while Marcy was sixth overall, completing the course in 20:16.
After Robin Hill, the next community run is the two-mile and 10k Sequim Run Off, slated for May 3.
The Sequim Run Off courses also are getting slight modifications. The 10k no longer makes a path across a ditch on Frick Road. Instead, 10k runners will follow the two-mile crew and then split off to Lotzgesell, Ward, Woodcock and Towne roads as usual. The two-mile runners get a small out-and-back to make up for a modified start.
At both races, Clayton said, the hand-held radio community is volunteering their time to help runners, as are local law enforcement officers.
Robin Hill Run (three-mile/10k)
When: 10 a.m. April 12
Where: Robin Hill Park, Agnew
Cost: $20 ($25 day of race)
10k runners and walkers: 14 and younger, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Three-mile runners/walkers: 9 and younger, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
More information: athleteschoice.info