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Race Information

Marathon

 

The NEW Michelob ULTRA Tacoma City Marathon is a scenic point to point net downhill course. Starting at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will experience first the greatness of Puget Sound and views Mt. Rainier. After the short ascent off the Narrows Bridge you will be treated to easy rolling terrain through North Tacoma's Proctor District, a new home for Fleet Feet Sports!  The course then gradually descends through Ruston to beautiful Pt. Defiance Park leading runners through landscape sheltered by 100 year old growth trees. Then after the rolling hills of Pt Defiance runners are able to finish fast on the flats of the Tacoma Waterfront. With a new finish venue of the Tacoma Art Museum, runners enter the city through Dock Street and loop around for their big finish down Pacific Avenue into the Tacoma Art Museum.  This course really magnifies the beauty of the Narrows Bridge, the personality and amenities of the City of Tacoma.

Course maps and aid station support information

  

    **Note on the Map My Run elevation profile going over the Narrows Bridge is not correct, the GPS drops below bridge level, the bridge deck elevation is approximately 187 feet in height. This is a net downhill course.

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Registration Price        

  •     A transaction fee and Washington State Tax is assessed when registering online.
  •     Price increases occur at 10PM. (not at midnight)
  •     $5 discount provided to military personnel. Must present military ID at packet pick-up.
  •     There is no day of race registration.

 

 

 

Start Location  (google map)
Tacoma Narrows Airport
1202 26th Avenue NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Finish Location (google map)
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Click here for directions

Shuttle Buses Information
Shuttle buses will depart across from the FINISH line at Tollefson Plaza, across from the Tacoma Art Museum (google map here)
First bus leaves at 4:30 am
Last bus leaves at 6:00 am
Do not wait for the last bus

Start Time
7:00 AM

The Course
The new marathon is a USATF Certified course (WA13010MN) and a Boston/New York City Marathon Qualifier

Gear Check
Gear check is provided for your personal items at the start line gear check tent. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib, fill out and attach to your gear check bag (using the zip tie provided in your gear check bag). Your gear check bag was given to you at packet pick up. Please do not put valuables in your bag. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. You may claim your bag after you finish by showing your bib number.

Course Support
Water, Powerbar Electrolyte, Vaseline, and Porta-Potties will be provided at all water stations. Powerbar gel will be provided at mile 6.6, 12.8 and 18.8. Aid Stations located at Mile 2.2, 4.5, 6.6, 8.5, 10.2, 12.8, 14.8, 16.5, 18.8, 21.5, 22.7, 24.5 and (mini) 25.5 aid station. Medical personnel will be on the course and at the finish.

Chip Timing
The marathon is chip timed by Rogue Multisport (chip start/half split/finish). Chips are imbedded into your race bib.  No need to return anything at end of your race!

Pacers
Pacers are provided by the Marathon Maniacs. More information on the Pacer page.

Early Start
There is an early start provided for those needing more than 5 hours to complete the marathon. Early start is at 6:00 AM. Please check in with the timer at the start line. Early starters finishing under 5 hours will be disqualified and not given a finish time. You must need the extra time to start early. Early starters must be self-supported, know the route, and obey all traffic/pedestrian laws until officers and volunteers are on the course. You are on your own until officers and volunteers arrive on the course.

Time Limit
There is a time limit of 6 hours (7 hours for early starters) for the marathon. The course will open to traffic after 6 hours. All of those remaining on the course must move to the sidewalks and obey traffic laws. The timing mats, medical staff, and finish line amenities will remain at the finish until all participants have finished.

Awards
Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female winners, and to the top three overall masters male and female winners. Age group awards will be given to the top five in each of the following divisions: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-80, 80 & over.

Finish Line Amenities
The finish line recovery area is located at Tacoma Art Museum.  Bagels, bananas, oranges, chips, chocolate milk and pizza will be available. Use your pizza ticket attached to your bib to receive a slice of pizza. Michelob ULTRA will be available in the beer garden for $2 a glass. Massage also available with suggested donation of $1/minute. Showers are available at the YMCA on 11th and Market St. (be prepared to show your bib number, ID and sign a waiver).

 

 

 

 

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