The relationship between Marathon Maniacs and Fleet Feet Sports inspired a new venture in June of 2006. With the obvious void of distance races in Tacoma, Tony Phillippi and Paul Morrison set out to bring the marathon back to the City of Tacoma. After joining forces to form the Tacoma City Marathon Association, in May of 2007, the Marathon was back! Since then we have added new running events from 5K’s to an Ultra Marathon.

We are committed to providing quality running events, giving our sponsors maximum exposure in conjunction with the event as well as making a positive social and economic impact on the City of Tacoma.


Main Maniac / Race Director

Tony ran track and played soccer in school. After a short hiatus from running, he returned to the running world and hasn’t stopped since. In May of 2003, Tony and two friends started the Marathon Maniacs and what is now the largest marathon running club in the world. In 2009, they started the Half Fanatics, since then the clubs have grown to over 34,000 members throughout the world. In 2006, he also teamed up with Databar Inc. to create Databar Events!

Tony has run all distances, with over 300 Marathons and Ultra Marathons under his belt. He is a 9-time Ironman finisher and run over 20 consecutive Boston Marathons. He enjoys training on the trails at Pt. Defiance, coffee with friends, and maybe a beer too. Tony’s marathon and beyond race history can be found HERE<

Sherry Clarke

Race Director

Sherry is a born and raised Washingtonian who grew up surrounded by a family full of runners. She has always loved running but she began taking the sport more seriously after having kids, using it as a way to stay regularly active. Sherry enjoys the half marathon distance the most, but also loves the adrenaline rush that comes with racing shorter distances.

When she’s not running, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young kids, cooking, playing tennis, hiking and camping, and watching movies.

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