More than 100 runners signed up for Foothills half marathon between Buckley and Orting

More than 100 runners are registered for the Saturday, July 26, Foothills B&O Half Marathon between Buckley and Orting.

The second-year race starts at 9 a.m. on a morning when forecasts call for warm temperatures. Race organizer Richard Pasquier says the 13.1-mile mostly downhill course will have three water stations.

Registration for the race closes Thursday, July 24. While most of the run is paved trail, Pasquier says runners should expect muddy conditions on the unpaved portion. A shuttle is provided to move runners between the start and finish lines before and after the race.

The route follows the current and planned future route of the Foothills Trail, including an unpaved section that is only open to the public on race day.

The run used to be a part of the Rainier to Ruston Relay before becoming its own event last summer. Both the half marathon and the annual June relay raise money for the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition.