DEFIANCE 50K, 30K, & 15K

Saturday, October 16, 2021
Registration Opens JUNE 5, 2021
The Defiance 50k / 30k / 15k is scenic race that takes runners through the beautiful trails of Point Defiance, with over 700 acres of old growth forests and panoramic views of the Puget Sound. This year’s race will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

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All Participants receive a Finisher Medal & Technical LS Tee

Opening Day Registration Special
National Trails Day June 5, 2021
3 Person Relay: $165
50k: $75
30k: $65
15k: $55

JUNE 6, 2021
3 Person Relay: $180
50k: $80
30k: $70
15k: $60

AUGUST 2, 2021
3 Person Relay: $195
50k: $85
30k: $75
15k: $65

3 Person Relay: $210
50k: $90
30k: $80
15k: $70

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 (Must register by October 1, 2021 to guarantee a tee shirt, check with us after you finish and we may have extra)
3 Person Relay: $225
50k: $95
30k: $85
15k: $75

Registration closes October 13, 2021 10AM.
Packet Pick Up
October 15, 2021 – 2 pm to 6 pm
3 Person Relay: $240
50k: $100
30k: $90
15k: $80
(Please read) TCMA Policies: All entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Sorry, no transfers to another individual, and no roll-overs to the following year. All participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Sorry, no exceptions.

Course map >>HERE

Start – Finish: TBD (Owens Beach in under renovation until 2022) (Aid Station)
Mile 3.51 – 500-year-old tree
Mile 3.96 – Gig Harbor viewpoint
Mile 5.22 – SW corner of Ft Nisqually (Aid Station)
Elevation Gain and Loss per loop are 1,306 feet.

The course is a 16.6-kilometer loop through old growth forest. For the 15k runners will complete this loop once, for the 30k runners will run the loop twice and for the 50k runners will run the loop three times. Each loop will come by the start – finish.

The course is mostly single track and typically dry mid-October. Train for some hills but the course is 95% run-able.

Aid will be available at the Start / Finish. Each loop comes through the Start / Finish. An aid station is located at Ft Nisqually approximately 5.3 miles into the 10.3-mile loop. We recommend carrying one bottle of water.

On the course, you will see sweeping views of the Puget Sound, run on soft trails beneath 500-year-old giant cedars and firs in one of the top 20 urban parks in the United States.

Water, Nuun electrolyte, and food will be provided at the water stations. Medical personnel will be at the finish. There are aid stations at the start/finish and at mile 5.22. 

All race distances are chip timed by Racewire (chip start/finish).


There is a time limit of 8 hours. To make sure all runners are within this time-limit, there is a cutoff time of 1:00 pm for the start of the third loop. We will close the course at 4:00 pm.


Packet Pickup-Day of Race
TBD (Owens Beach is Under Renovation until 2022)
6:15 am to 7:45 am

Directions by mapquest HERE <<

Parking Guide HERE <<

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Pt Defiance Park
Start Time: 8:00am
Finish Time: Course closes at 4:00 pm

Gear Check: There is no official gear check and limited space at the start. Please do not leave any valuables. TCMA is not responsible for personal items.

We recommend running with one water bottle.

Full aid stations with water and Nuun electrolyte & fixed bathrooms are located at Ft. Nisqually and the Start/Finish – view >>HERE

Photos will be provided by CJ Photography for FREE! 
2019 Photos


2019 Results
2018 Results
2017 Results
2016 Results
2015 Results
2014 Results
2013 Results
2012 Results
2011 Results
2010 Results


Andrew Henshaw
3:36:41 – 2011
Chickie Megs Hall
4:18:41 – 2012

50k Master Records
Michael Lynes
3:44:14 – 2010
Merita Trohimovich
4:32:33 – 2010

Theodore Devos 
2:27:38 – 2013
Amber Taylor
2:57:41 – 2011

Jonathan Phillips
1:08:18 – 2010
Gretchen Van Dyke
1:19:54 – 2013


When does registration open for 2021? National Trail Day, Saturday, June 5, 2021.

When does registration close? Online closes on October 13th, 2020, at 11:59 pm. If the race is not sold out, there will be day-of-race registration.

Can I switch race distances after I have signed up? Yes, you can switch distances at packet pick-up. There are no refunds. If you move up in distances please be prepared to pay the price difference. Pick up your packet first and then go to the registration table where the timer will reassign your bib number.

What if I sustain an injury or can’t make it to the event, what are my options? Sorry, there are no refunds or rollovers for any reason.

I registered, but have learned that I will be unable to participate. Is my entry fee refundable? Our policy is no refunds, no transfers to another individual or to another TCMA event, and no rollovers to the next year’s race. Sorry, no exceptions.

Can an entry be transferred to someone else? No.

Can I pick up someone else’s race packet? Yes, as long as you have permission from them to do so. Written permission is not required.

Can I pick up my race packet on race day? Yes, there will be packet pick-up on race day at the start from 6:30 am to 7:45 am.

Will I get a shirt? You can purchase a long-sleeve tech shirt in addition to your registration. This year we will not have shirts that come with the registration.

What time does the race start? At 8:00 AM.

Can I start early? For this race, there is no early start available.

Do I need to carry water at the race? We recommend you carry one bottle.

Will there be professional photographers on the course? Yes. Race photography will be provided by CJ Photography. Photogs will be available approximately 3 business days after the race and FREE to download.

Is the race Chip Timed? Yes, Chip Start, Chip Finish.

Do you get a finisher medal? Each finisher receives a medal..

How many miles is the 50k? 31.1 miles.

Is the course flat? The course has an elevation change of 1300 feet, more information here <<

Where can I park? Parking information HERE

What is the weather like? It will be cold at the start. To see a forecast click >>HERE

Is there a gear check at the start? There is no official gear check at the start. Space is limited. Please do not leave any valuables at the start.

Are there porta-potties at the start? There are fixed bathrooms at the start and at Fort Nisqually.

Can I wear headphones during the race? Yes, be safe and don’t turn them up so loud that you can’t hear volunteers. We recommend leaving one earbud out. Be safe out there.

Are we missing something? Please let us know and we will gladly make the addition. Contact Us



Founded in 2006, the Tacoma City Marathon Association has organized over 150 races and strives to deliver premier running events for all participants, whether you run just for fun or are chasing that next PR. We allow runners to experience a smoothly operated event while also having a great time.


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