Race Day is Sunday October 6, 2019


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 - 7:30 a.m.

  • Half Marathon Wave 2 (Over 2 hour projected finish time/9:11 min./mi. pace and over) - 7:40 a.m.

  • 5K Run/Walk - 7:55 a.m.

Please arrive early.  

Bib pickup

New for 2019! Bib & shirt pick-up will take place at the Urban Cow Pre-Race Festival on Saturday, October 5 at William Land Park from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The festivities start with the inaugural Half Calf Kids’ Races, presented by Chick-fil-A (registration opens at 8:00 a.m., first race at 9:00 a.m), the Urban Cowture Fashion Show at 11:30 a.m., and our race expert panel featuring the Race Director and Pace Team leaders at 2:00 p.m. Learn more about the Pre-Race Festival.

Plenty of cool Urban Cow merchandise will be available for sale at the Pre-Race Festival and at the race on Sunday morning.

If you’re unable to pick up your bib on Saturday at the Pre-Race Festival, you may pick up your bib and shirt on race day starting at 6:15 a.m. We strongly recommend coming to the pre-race festival on Saturday so you can avoid the race day stress of waiting in line before the start of the race.

Free race photos

After the race, check your personal results page on Athlinks to see all of your race photos, finish video and finisher’s certificate, sponsored by Lasher Auto Group.

Race Results & Tracking


Microfiber race shirts for all, live music on the course and in the post-race party pasture, cowbell finisher medals for all, cool age-group awards, ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing by Capital Road Race Management, refreshments and Lagunitas Beer Garden.

You are guaranteed a shirt in your size while supplies last, so register early!

The first 3,300 half marathon registrations will receive a special 15th Anniversary Urban Cow medal after the race!


Special prizes for first, second and third place overall male and female in the Half Marathon and for first male and female masters; and top three finishers in each age division win custom Urban Cow awards. Overall male and female and masters female and male winners in the 5K earn special prizes while top three age group finishers will win 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. 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 October 9, 2019.

Urban Cow is proud to host the PAUSATF Half Marathon Championships.  A prize purse totaling $3,000 is on the line to current PAUSATF members in good standing.

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

Pace Team

Are you interested in running a specific time or perhaps a personal best in the half marathon? See Pace Team 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 exchange an ankle timing band at the exchange. 

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 run every 15-20 minutes starting at 6:45 a.m. The relay shuttle 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 10 a.m.

Download Two-Person Relay Instructions


Essentially a loop course, our USDA Prime certified route (CA 16075RS) 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.

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 lemon-lime Gatorade 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 free shuttle bus is available to shuttle participants from and to the parking lots at Sacramento City College.


There are no hotels within walking distance of the start/finish line. The closest hotels are approximately 2-3 miles away. If you’re on the hunt for a hotel room, head over to Visit Sacramento to search for hotel specials in the beautiful City of Sacramento.  

Gear Check/Bike Parking

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

Neighborhood Exit Plan

We’ve developed an exit plan for our Land Park neighbors. Please download here.

Urban Cow Half Marathon & 5K is a part of the
Buzz Oates RunSac Race Series