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.

In 2012, we opened up our new TCMA office above the Fleet Feet Tacoma store. With The Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics, Fleet Feet Run Club and Tacoma City Running Club it has truly become running central! Together 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.

Sherry Clarke

Main Maniac / Co-Race Director

 Tony ran track and played soccer in school. After a short hiatus from running, he returned to the running world. In May of 2003, Tony and two friends started the now largest marathon running club in the world called the Marathon Maniacs then in 2009 started the Half Fanatics. Both clubs now have over 34,000 members. In 2006 Tony also teamed up with Databar Inc. to create Databar Events! Tony has run all distances including over 290 marathons and is a 9-time Ironman finisher. He enjoys training with friends and traveling to races.

Co-Race Director

Paul has been running for over 31 years and, since the age of 12, had dreamed of opening his own running store. Fleet Feet Sports is Paul’s dream come to life, in 2012 Paul opened a second Fleet Feet store in Tacoma. An experienced runner, Paul has competed in a variety of races; however, he particularly enjoys running marathons and ultra marathons. Paul is also an avid Master’s runner and enjoys recruiting fellow Master’s runners for various (and sometimes muddy) running adventures. He frequently enjoys a Starbucks treat with his Fleet Feet friends, and spending time with his family and dogs.

Co-Race Director

Sherry is a born and raised Washingtonian and grew up in a family of runners. She’s always loved running but began taking the sport more seriously after having kids 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. Professionally, she has over 15 years of graphic design and marketing experience as well as event marketing and race directing experience. When she’s not running, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, playing tennis, hiking and camping, and watching movies.


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.


Tacoma City Turkey Trot

Bud Light Santa Runs Tacoma

Bud Light St. Paddy’s Day Run Tacoma

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