5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Tacoma City Turkey Trot
    The Tacoma City Turkey Trot is a fun race for those looking to burn a few calories before hitting the pie. It takes place in the Proctor District and starts and finishes at the local Fleet Feet store. And speaking of Fleet Feet, the company is the lead sponsor of the race, and store employees lead runs from the store twice a week to train racers for the event. All finishers receive a medal, making it a solid race for all level of participants. There is also a children’s run, which means mom and dad do not have to worry about where to take the kids on race day while simultaneously giving the children an opportunity to burn off some energy. The race is organized by the Tacoma City Marathon Association, which also hosts other races through the year.
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    Seattle 22 November 2018 Tacoma City Turkey Trot
    Spokane River Run
    Spokane hosts the Spokane River Run, which is a challenging trail course through Riverside State Park. It is well organized and well attended, as it is one of the oldest trail runs in the region. The course is a single track, which means it can be difficult at times to pass other runners. It is certainly a rocky course, as it goes along basalt cliffs and the river. The primary beneficiary of the race is the Garfield APPLE program, which encourages parent participation in education. Many of the APPLE families participate in the race, meaning it’s a friendly place for all ages and levels.
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    Spokane 22 April 2018 Spokane River Run
    Earth Day Run
    The Magnuson Series in Seattle features runs every month. It is family friendly and hippie-esque. Instead of standard giveaways like medals, the organizers do cool giveaways like plant trees in the participants’ names. As the name implies, races take place at Magnuson Park on the shores of Lake Washington, which is gorgeous and full of trees. The Earth Day run is particularly popular, as it is how the organization started. Another solid perk is that dogs on a leash are allowed to run alongside their owners. At the end of each race, organic snacks are provided. The races are relatively in expensive at $20.
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    Seattle 21 April 2018 Magnuson Series
    2 Revolution Run
    Seattle has a vibrant running community, and as a result is full of terrific 5k options. The city hosts the Seattle Run Series, with most races in the series happening at Seward Park. The course is flat and has epic views of Lake Washington. One of the races in the series takes place at Alki Beach Park. This particular series is unique, because it rewards runners for participating in multiple races. For instance, those who compete in three races throughout the year will be eligible for receiving the “Most Improved Award.” This encourages runners to keep at it throughout the year. Peanut Butter and jelly sandwiches are the standard post-run snack for racers.
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    Seattle 25 February 2018 Seattle Run Series - Revolution Run
  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Tenacious Ten
    For those who want to take their running to the next level, Seattle has several 10k options. The Tenacious Ten is a relatively new race started by the Snohomish Running Company and Oiselle, a women’s running wear company. The race starts at GasWorks Park. The first mile has a climb, but after that it flattens out and actually has a net downhill. With Oiselle behind the race, the swag is sweet with a Flyte Tank for women and a hat. Men get a shirt, too, but it’s not as stylish as the women’s. The entry fee is steep at $75.
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    Seattle 21 April 2018 The Tenacious Ten
    Lake Union Race
    The Lake Union race is another solid option in Seattle. It was established 10 years ago in is well-attended. It starts at Lake Union Park and goes around the Cheshiahud Lake Union Trail. There is support throughout the course. Occuring in August, the race generally has beautiful weather. Early-bird registration is affordable at $35 and jumps to $60 the weekend of the event. All racers receive a medal for finishing, which is a solid selling point for those running the distance for the first time. In addition, a yummy and filling breakfast is served at the end of the race.
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    Seattle 12 April 2018 Lake Union 10k
    The Smelt Run 10k
    The Smelt Run 10k in La Conner is a unique run for those looking to get away from their same old courses. It is a flat course and runs throughout the Skagit Valley Farmlands. Many runners opt to stay the weekend in the charming waterfront small town. The course is USATF-certified and includes support along the way. Hot soup is provided post-run, which is needed given the cold, February race day. Participants are given a long-sleeve dri-fit shirt, which certainly beats the standard short-sleeve cotton alternative given at many other races. The event itself is affordable at $30 for early-birds.
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    La Conner 24 February 2018 Smelt Run 2018
    Sekani Trail Run
    Those looking for a challenging 10k in the Tacoma area, are in for a treat with the Sekani Trail Run. Happening in late September, this race takes place at Spokane’s Camp Sekani Park. It is all dirt and has 700 feet of climbing, so runners need to be prepared. Trail shoes are recommended. Given the steep elevation, there are great views of the city from various points on the course, which makes the elevation gain worth it. And for those who have done this race in the past, the course tends to change due to maintenance, so it is worth it to run multiple times.
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    Tacoma 30 September 2018 Sekani Trail Run
  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Earth Day Run
    The Magnuson Race Series based in Seattle, has races every month and features several distances. The Half Marathon is popular and takes place at Magnuson Park on the shores of Lake Washington. While the scenery is beautiful, the course is not a loop or an out and back. Rather, it requires three laps, which for some can be a tad boring. Aid stations are provided every two or three miles, depending on the season. The series is family friendly and hippie-esque. Instead of standard giveaways like medals, the organizers do cool giveaways like plant trees in the participants’ names. The Earth Day run is particularly popular, as it is how the organization started. At the end of each race, organic snacks are provided.
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    Seattle 21 April 2018 The Magnuson Race Series
    Everett Half Marathon
    The Everett Half Marathon, which is formally known as the Heroes Half Marathon, is certainly a scenic race. Given its history, it honors those in the military and veterans. Discounts are provided for those who are currently serving or are veterans. The course goes along the Everett waterfront and runners get to go across the SR-529 drawbridge, which is a treat. The course has a few “rollers”, but they never reach more than 100 feet. Finishers will receive a medal and stylish hoodie, which is a unique touch for this special race, and appreciated when there is a cool weather at the finish.
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    Everett 8 April 2018 Everett Half Marathon
    Negative Split Half Marathon
    The Negative Split Half Marathon in Spokane is a popular one. Though, the course is not easy. It has over 900 feet of elevation gain and at its peak, has an elevation of almost 2,000 feet. The race starts at Kendall Yards. Swag includes a medal for all participants, a shirt, sling bag, and a pint glass. Another perk includes massages at the finish line. The race organizers coordinate several events throughout the year, so they have items like aid stations and bathrooms on lock down. They also throw a great party at the finish line with music and food.
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    Spokane 8 April 2018 Negative Split
  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
    The “big dog” of marathons in Washington is the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. The race is 10 years old, takes place in early June, and has more than 20,000 participants. It starts in Queen Anne, goes around Lake Union, winds through various neighborhoods, goes across the Aurora Bridge, through Woodland Park, and ends at the Seattle Center. Like other races in the series, there are bands throughout the course and large crowds. Of course, there are also first-class aid stations and many bathroom stops. The registration fee is $110 and fundraising is encouraged. Given the size of the race, there is also an expo and shorter races leading up to the big day.
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    Seattle 17 June 2018 Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
    The Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon
    The Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon in North Bend, WA is a good race for those looking to qualify for Boston. 25.7% of those who participated in 2017 qualified. There is a 2,000 foot net drop and those who have run it claim the decrease is very gradual. The course takes place on the John Wayne Trail and is dirt and gravel the entire way. One odd note is that runners are encouraged to take a headlamp or flashlight because at the beginning of the race, participants go through the very dark and cold Snoqualmie Tunnel. It certainly makes for an adventure. The cost is $129 and spots fill up quickly.
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    North Bend 28 July 2018 The Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon
    The Beat the Blerch Marathon
    The Beat the Blerch Marathon in Seattle, which takes place in September, is a fun one. It is a race series inspired by the comic titled The Oatmeal. Cake is at every aid station and there are couches along the course. Finishers get a sweet quarter-zip jacket with a “Blerch” logo, which provides a lot of credibility in the running community. In addition, Matthew Inman, the author of the famous comic, is always in attendance, so a celebrity sighting is possible. It is also one of those races where participants tend to dress up, so one can look forward to being passed by someone wearing something ridiculous (fat suits have been seen in the past).
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    Seattle 15 September 2018 The Beat the Blerch Marathon
    Seattle Marathon
    The Seattle Marathon is one of the top ten largest marathons in the US with about 15,000 participants. The race takes place in late November. The race starts at the Seattle Center and ends at Memorial Stadium. The course is hilly in some sections and provides views of downtown, Lake Washington, and Seward Park. There are several “rollers,” but most do not reach more than 300 feet. A local running group, the Seattle Greenlakes, will be pacers for those looking for the perk.  Given the size of the event, there is an expo, and several activities leading up to the big day. It is also a race for which many travel, so race hotels are setup in advance.
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    Seattle 25 November 2018 The Seattle Marathon
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