MUD MOUNTAIN DAM HALF MARATHON & 5K

Saturday, April 2, 2022
Registration OPEN
THE 2022 MUD MOUNTAIN DAM HALF MARATHON IS ON!

The Spring Event offers a half marathon & 5k, there’s no excuse not to do the dam thing! 

This blazing fast course brings runners downhill along the Foothills Rail Trail and through the quaint towns and farmlands of the surrounding area, with a finish in front of both the McMillin Foothills’ Trail Bridge and the Historic McMillin Bridge. Lace up to crush your PR.

Course Info & Maps
Registration

Medals/Swag
Packet Pick-Up
Day of Race Schedule & Details
Results & Photos
Awards
Volunteer
FAQs 

Marathon Start Time: 7:30 am
Course Map: HERE 
Start Location: Mud Mountain Dam Park
Finish Location: McMillin Foothills Bridge
Elevation Loss: 1,191′ 
Terrain: Paved

Half Marathon Start Time: 8:15 am
Course Map: HERE 
Start Location: Veteran’s Park, Buckley (South Prairie)
Finish Location: McMillin Foothills Bridge
Elevation Loss: 339′
Terrain:

5K Start Time: 9:00 am
Course Map: HERE 
Start & Finish Location: McMillin Foothills Bridge 

MARATHON & HALF MARATHON COURSE 

The Marathon course starts at Mud Mountain Dam Park (elevation 1,319′), located deep in the forest next to the iconic White River, and finishes across the Historic McMillin Bridge (elevation 128′). A 1,191 feet of elevation loss is gradual enough to get you to that BQ or PR!

You’ll head out of the forested Mud Mountain Dam Park, kicking off with a 7 mile rolling downhill run through the Mud Mountain neighborhoods, towards the SR 410 White River crossing. After a short tour of the neighborhoods in the City of Buckley, the course connects to the fast gradual downhill of the Foothill Rail Trail for the next 16 miles, going through farmlands and forest, snaking along the Carbon River.

You’ll pass through the towns and communities of Buckley, the Cascade Junction, South Prairie & Orting and finish in front of the McMillin Foothill’s Trail Bridge for what might be your fastest race yet!

*(Map My Run elevation shows spikes of elevation gain which do not exist on the course) It is a gradual downhill route.

Marathon Course HERE < 
USATF Certified #WA21013RMB

The Half Marathon course starts in the scenic town of South Prairie (elevation 467′) and finishes with the Marathon, across the Historic McMillin Bridge (elevation 128′). The Half Marathon has a net elevation loss of 339 feet.

You’ll begin alongside Veteran’s Park and the South Prairie Creek, gradually taking you downhill on the Foothill Rail Trail. You’ll pass through farmlands and forest, snaking along the Carbon River. As you continue down the Foothill Trail, you’ll make your way through the quaint towns and communities of the Cascade Junction, South Prairie, and Orting, finishing in front of the McMillin Foothill’s Trail Bridge. 

Half Marathon Course HERE<
USATF Certified #WA21012RMB

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HALF MARATHON & 5K COURSES

The Half Marathon course starts in the scenic town of South Prairie (elevation 467′) and finishes with the Marathon, across the Historic McMillin Bridge (elevation 128′). The Half Marathon has a net elevation loss of 339 feet.

You’ll begin alongside Veteran’s Park and the South Prairie Creek, gradually taking you downhill on the Foothill Rail Trail. You’ll pass through farmlands and forest, snaking along the Carbon River. As you continue down the Foothill Trail, you’ll make your way through the quaint towns and communities of the Cascade Junction, South Prairie, and Orting, finishing in front of the McMillin Foothill’s Trail Bridge. 

Half Marathon Course HERE <
USATF Certified #WA21012RMB

The 5k course will be an out-and-back with the loop through the neighborhood at High Cedars Golf Club. The 5k will start and finish in front of the McMillin Foothill’s Trail Bridge. 

5K Course HERE <

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register by 3/2 to get your custom bib.

2022 SPRING HALF MARATHON PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Longsleeve Zip-Up (order by 3/2 for guaranteed size) – Optional Pint Glasses & T-Shirts for purchase until 3/2.
3 Day Opening: $69 (3-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)
Early-Bird Registration: $79
December 22 – January 11: $89
January 12 – February 1: $99
February 2 – February 22: $109
February 23 – March 15: $119
March 16 – March 30: $129

2022 SPRING 5K PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Tri-Blend T-Shirt (order by 3/2 for guaranteed size) – Optional Pint Glasses for purchase until 3/2.
3 Day Opening: $25 (3-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)
Early-Bird Registration: $30
December 22 – January 11: $35
January 12 – February 1: $40
February 2 – February 22: $45
February 23 – March 15: $50
March 16 – March 30: $55

Online registration closes on March 30th at 11:59 pm.
Late registration will be available at packet pick-up & on day of race.

REGISTER HERE

CONFIRM REGISTRATION HERE <

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
A small transaction fee is assessed when registering online. Price increases occur at midnight. 

(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.

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Sponsored by:

Race Day Medical Services & Hydration Therapy On-the-Go Provided by:


A portion of proceeds goes toward the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County. Additional donations can be made during registration.

 

 

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2022 MEDALS & RACE SWAG

Add some more bling to your collection! All runners will receive your hard earned medal once you cross the finish line.

Race swag will be availabe for pick up during packet pick-up or on race day*.
Half Marathon Runners will receive a longsleeve tech zip-up.
5K Runners will receive a tri-blend t-shirt.

*Unclaimed swag cannot be mailed out after the race, so don’t forget to grab yours before you leave!

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PACKET PICKUP INFORMATION

We highly recommend you pick up your packet on Friday prior to race day to avoid long lines on race morning. Shirts will only be available at packet pick-up & the finish line.

Friday, April 1st: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Packet Pickup Location: 
Fleet Feet Tacoma 

Day-of-Race Packet Pickup will available be from 6:45 am – 8:00 am at the Half Marathon Start LIne / 7:45 am – 8:45 am at the 5K Start Line.

**Please note: Packets will not be available for pickup before 2:00 pm. Please do not call Fleet Feet with packet pickup questions. If you have a question, please email us at info@tcmaevents.com. 

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DAY OF RACE SCHEDULE

First Shuttle to Half Marathon Start: 6:45 am
First Shuttle to 5K Start/Finish Line: 8:15 am

Half Marathon Packet Pick-Up & Gear Check: 6:45 am – 8:00 am
5K Packet Pick-Up & Gear-Check: 7:45 am – 8:45 am

Half Marathon Start: 8:15 am
5k Start: 9:00 am

Post-Race Shuttles: Service ends at 12:45 pm
Course Closes: 12:15 pm

Shuttle Bus
All shuttles will depart as they fill up. Shuttles to the start will make continuous trips as time allows before the start of the race, we recommend that you take the earliest shuttle possible to ensure you are on time to the start.   

  • Half-Marathon
    Buses depart from Orting High School to Half-Marathon Start (shuttles begin 6:45am). Returning buses from half marathon start will come back to Orting High School and make continuous rounds to the South Prairie Half Marathon Start Line as time allows, we recommend taking the earliest shuttle you’re able to get on.
  • 5K 
    Buses depart from Orting High School to 5K Start (shuttles begin 8:15 am). Returning buses from 5K start will come back to Orting High School and make continuous rounds to the McMillin Trailhead Start/Finish Line, we recommend taking the earliest shuttle you’re able to get on. 
  • Post Race 
    Finish Line to Orting High School, 2.5 miles from finish. Shuttle service will end at 12:45 pm. 

Parking

  • Event Parking
    Buses will depart from Orting High School, 320 Washington Ave N, Orting, WA 98360, Directions HERE <<
  • Finish Line & 5k
    Parking lot at McMillin Trailhead, Directions HERE << Parking is very limited, there is no shuttle service from finish to start.

Gear Check
Gear check is provided for your personal items at the start line. Participants will be provided with a bag to use for gear check. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib and hand it to the gear check volunteer.  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 providing your bib number.

Course Support (Half Marathon)
Water, Nuun Electrolyte, Vaseline, and Porta-Potties will be provided at all water stations. Additionally, various aid stations will be supply energy gels. Aid Stations will be approximately every 2 miles. Medical personnel will be on the course and at the finish.

  • Half Marathon Mile 3.3
    Honey Bucket; Nuun/Water
    Arline Rd. & Foothills Trail, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Half Marathon Mile 6.1
    Nuun/Water/Honey Stinger
    179th St Ct E & Foothills Trail Head, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Half Marathon Mile 8.9
    Fixed Bathroom; Nuun/Water
    Orting Central Park, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Half Marathon Mile 10.9
    Honey Bucket; Nuun/Water
    Tour De Neighborhood Loop (High Cedars Golf Club) 149th St Ct E & Foothills Trail, GPS Location HERE <<

Pacers (Half and Full Marathon)
Marathon Maniac and Half Fanatic Pacers will be there to help you reach your goal for the full and half marathon distances.

Time Limit (Half Marathon)
There is a time limit of 4 hours for the Half Marathon (18:30 min avg. pace). All of those remaining on the course must move to the sidewalks and obey pedestrian laws. The timing mats, medical staff, and finish line amenities will remain at the finish until all participants have finished.  

Finish Line Amenities
Once you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with a variety of food and water to aid in your recovery. 

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Shuttle Bus

  • Marathon
    Buses depart form Orting Middle School to Marathon Start (6:00 am-6:15 a.m.) 19.4 mile ride to the top of Mud Mountain, 34 Min.
  • Half-Marathon
    Buses depart from Orting Middle School to Half-Marathon Start (starts 7:00 a.m.). Returning buses from marathon start will come back to Orting Middle School and make continuous rounds to the South Prairie Half Marathon Start Line.
  • Post Race 
    Finish Line to Orting Middle School, 2.3 miles from finish.

*All Shuttles will depart as they fill up

Parking

  • Event Parking
    Buses will depart from Orting Middle School, Whitehawk Blvd NW, Orting, WA 98360, Directions HERE <<
  • Finish Line & 5k
    Parking lot at McMillin Trailhead, Directions HERE << Parking is very limited, there is no shuttle service from finish to start.
  • Marathon Start Line Parking
    No post race shuttle bus service, do not park in the Start Line Lot, as it will be closed when you finish. Parking is available outside the park about .3 mile away, Directions HERE <<

 

 

Gear Check

Gear check is provided for your personal items at the start line. Participants will be provided with a bag to use for gear check. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib and hand it to the gear check volunteer.  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 providing your bib number.

Course Support (Half Marathon)
Water, Nuun Electrolyte, Vaseline, and Porta-Potties will be provided at all water stations. Additionally, various aid stations will be supply energy gels. Aid Stations will be approximately every 2 miles. Medical personnel will be on the course and at the finish.

  • Marathon Mile 2.5 
    Honey Bucket; Nuun/Water
    284th Ave & SE Mud Mountain Rd, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 6
    Honey Bucket; Nuun/Water
    252nd Ave SE, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 8
    Fixed Bathrooms; Nuun/Water/Honey Stinger
    Wally’s Park, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 9.6
    Honey Bucket; Nuun/Water
    Linda Campbell Memorial Bench Trailhead off Hwy 165, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 13
    Honey Buckets
    Half Marathon Start, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 13.5 & 14.5
    Nuun/Water/Honey Stingers
    Start of Out & Back – Runners pass this aid station twice; S. Prairie Carbon River Rd. & Foothills Trail, GPS Location HERE<<
  • Marathon Mile 16.4 / Half Marathon Mile 3.3
    Honey Bucket; Nuun/Water
    Arline Rd. & Foothills Trail, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 19.2 / Half Marathon Mile 6.1
    Nuun/Water/Honey Stinger
    179th St Ct E & Foothills Trail Head, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 22 / Half Marathon Mile 8.9
    Fixed Bathroom; Nuun/Water
    Orting Central Park, GPS Location HERE <<
  • Marathon Mile 24 / Half Marathon Mile 10.9
    Honey Bucket; Nuun/Water
    Tour De Neighborhood Loop (High Cedars Golf Club) 149th St Ct E & Foothills Trail, GPS Location HERE <<

Pacers (Half and Full Marathon)
Marathon Maniac and Half Fanatic Pacers will be there to help you reach your goal for the full and half marathon distances.

Early Start
Participants requiring more than 6 hours for the Full Marathon may start 1 hour early. All early starters must be self-sufficient and familiarize themselves with the course. Runners taking the early start will be disqualified if they finish under 5 hours.

Time Limit (Half and Full Marathon)
There is a time limit of 6 hours for the Full Marathon (13:45 minutes per mile average pace), 4 hours for the Half Marathon (22:54 min avg. pace). All of those remaining on the course must move to the sidewalks and obey pedestrian laws. The timing mats, medical staff, and finish line amenities will remain at the finish until all participants have finished.  

Finish Line Amenities
Once you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with a variety of food and water to aid in your recovery. 

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RESULTS & PHOTOS

Timing provided by Racewire. Photos & Free Downloads provided by CJ Photography.

Results will be posted online shortly after you come across the finish line. Photos will be posted online in the week following the race, you will receive an email when they’re available. Results & Photos from previous years are also archived below.

COURSE RECORDS

Marathon
Huy Son
2:58:28 – 2021
Kristina Murphy
3:26:41 – 2021

Half Marathon
Trevor Lafontaine
1:05:50 – 2021
Nicole O’Loughlin
1:23:37 – 2021

Marathon Relay
Karen Davis-Morris & Amy Hudson
4:06:42 – 2021

5K
Allen Hale
24:46 – 2021
Ashley Atchley
26:36 – 2021

AWARDS

Awards for the top Overall Male & Female and age group ribbons will be available for pick up at your convenience at the results tent*.

Age Group Ribbons
Age group ribbons will be given out to the top 5 finishers in the following age groups: 9 & under,10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

How to Claim Your Ribbon
After you have finished your race, check the results computers. If your results are not yet posted please check back again in 10-15 minutes as they are updated often.

If you are in the top 5 in your age group, proceed to the awards table to claim your ribbon. Congratulations!

*Awards will not be mailed out after the race, so please pick up your ribbon before leaving!

Rules
To be eligible for overall and age group awards you cannot be paced by or accept aid from a non-registered runner at any time during the event. USATF rules: if you win both an overall and age group spot you will be presented with both awards. Overall winners ARE NOT knocked out of their respective age group.

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HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Volunteer support means everything to us and our runners. We couldn’t do this without the hard work and efforts of dedicated volunteers who provide encouragement and a helping hand from getting our runners ready to hit the start line to fueling them through the finish.

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Sign Up to Volunteer
FAQs

Where can I park for the event?

  • Event Parking
    Buses will depart from Orting High School, 320 Washington Ave N, Orting, WA 98360, Directions HERE <<
  • Finish Line & 5k
    Parking lot at McMillin Trailhead, Directions HERE << Parking is very limited, there is no shuttle service from finish to start.

Is there a Military discount available?

Yes, there is a $5 discount for military personnel. You will see a checkbox on the registration page. You must show your Military ID at packet pick up.

Can I switch race distances after I have signed up?

Yes, you can switch distances at packet pickup. 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.

Can an entry be transferred to someone else?

No transfers, sorry no exceptions.

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 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, you can but to avoid race day anxiety we strongly suggest picking your number up at Packet Pickup.

What time does the race start?

Half: 8:15 am at Veteran’s Park, Buckley (South Prairie)
5K: 9:00 am at the McMillin Foothils Trailhead

Will there be professional photographers on the course?

Yes, photos will be provided by CJ Photography.

Is the race Chip Timed?

Yes, Chip Start, Chip Finish. Your timing tag is attached to the back of your race bib. In order to receive a time your race bib must be worn on the outside of your top outer garment. Avoid bending your bib which may damage the timing tag. The timing tag is disposable so it does not need to be returned.

Do you get a commemorative shirt when you sign up?

Yes.

Do you get a finisher medal?

Yes.

Can you walk the Half Marathon?

We have a 4-hour cut off, the finish line will remain until you finish.

Are strollers allowed?

Yes, in the 5K & Half Marathon only.

Are dogs allowed?

Sorry, not for this event.

Is there a gear check at the start?

Yes

Are there porta-potties at the start?

Yes

Are there porta-potties on the course?

Yes, at all the aid stations (about every two miles).

Can I wear headphones during the race?

Yes, be safe and don’t turn them up so loud that you can’t hear volunteers or police. We recommend leaving one earbud out. Be safe out there.

Are the courses USATF certified?

The Half Marathon is USATF Certified  #WA21012RMB

Will there be energy gel on the course?

Yes, energy gels & Nuun Electrolyte will be on the course.

Are we missing something? Please let us know and we will gladly make the addition. Contact us at info@tcmaevents.com.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

Mask Policy
In accordance with the Washington State Department of Health, people five years and older (vaccinated or not) are required to wear a face covering at outdoor events with 500 or more people, such as Tacoma City Marathon Association events. We strongly recommend that children between 2 and 4 years old also wear masks.

We will be reminding all participants and spectators to keep their masks on in the start/finish line areas of our events and to practice social distancing whenever possible. Please stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms. The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff remains a top priority for TCMA and we are committed to doing what we can to keep our community safe. We appreciate your cooperation!

For more information on Washington State Department of Health guidelines and regulations, please visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19

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.
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