Sunday, July 4, 2021
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Join us for the 8th Annual Independence Day 5K on Sunday, July 4, 2021 for a fun and FAST 5k! This event features a fast point-to-point course that takes runners and walkers from the top of Tacoma and finishes at beautiful Point Ruston.

Race is capped at 1,500…register early!

T-shirts & medals for all participants. And new for 2021, if registered by June 15, choose either a techinical tee or a technical singlet. After June 15th, your choice will not be guarenteed.

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We are also offering an embroidered white Independence Day 5K visor, available for $18 on the registration form. Pint glasses will be available as well on your registration form.


Chip timed 5K race on a fast, flat and downhill course starting at N. 37th & N. Vassault Street in Tacoma and finishing at Point Ruston’s Grand Plaza. But have no fear! While this is a speedy course for fast runners, it also is a fun course for a power walk before your Independence Day barbecue! Everybody is welcome to participate!

The 5k course is USATF certified (WA21007RMB).

The 5K Run and Walk starts at 8:00 am sharp at N. 37th & Vassault Street. This is located very close to Vassault Park. 
The finish of the 5K is at the water walk mural at Point Ruston.
Map My Run 5k Course Map HERE

The water walk mural is also where the Kids 1K will start at 9:00 am. The kid’s run is an out-and-back, so the runners can cross the official finish line as well.
Map My Run Kids Course Map HERE


This is a point-to-point race course so the start line is at a different location than the finish line. We will have a free shuttle service to take participants from the finish line area to the starting line area before the race and the shuttle will also run after the race to take finishers back to the start area. The shuttle will board near the Century movie theatres in the Point Ruston shopping area. Shuttles will begin running at 6:45 am and the last bus will leave the finish line area at 10:00 am.

If you’d prefer not to take the shuttle, you can also use this map to see the quickest way (on foot) from the finish line area back to the starting line area. It’s a great warm-up or cool-down for the race! 


2021 Photos
2019 Photos
2018 Photos

  • April 22 – April 23: $35 OPENING DAY! 10:00 AM
  • April 24 – April 30: $40
  • May 1 – May 15: $45
  • May 16 – May 31: $50
  • June 1 – June 30: $55
  • Packet Pickup/Day-of-Race: $60



Fleet Feet Sports
3812 N. 26th St.
Tacoma, WA. 98407

Packet Pickup Date & Time:
Saturday, July 3rd
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Your race packet includes:
Bib number with timing chip, shirt.
Packet pick up on the July 3rd is strongly recommended. 

You may pick up someone’s race pack as long as you have permission from them to do so. Written permission is not required.
‘Last Gasp’ registration will be available at the registration table at packet pick up. We accept cash, check, credit card (Visa or Master card). Receipt available upon request.


In accordance with Washington state guidelines and recommendations, face masks or face coverings are not needed for fully vaccinated participants. We still strongly recommend unvaccinated participants and those most vulnerable to continue to wear a face mask or covering. We also appreciate your cooperation to continue practicing social distancing whenever possible.



(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.  


Official race results will be available on our website following the race.

2021 Race Resutls HERE
2019 Race Results HERE
2018 Race Results HERE
2017 Race Results HERE
2016 Race Results HERE
2015 Race Results HERE
2014 Race Results HERE

Age group awards: (1st place through 5th place). Age divisions are as follows for both male and female runners: 14 and under; 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+.


Gear check is provided for your personal items at the start line and brought to finish. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib, fill out and attach to your gear check bag. Your gear check bag was given to you at packet pick up. 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.

  1. When does Registration open for the 2021 race? April 22, 2021. 10:00 AM
  2. When does Registration close? Online registration closes at 11:59 on 7/1/2021.
  3. Shuttle bus information: The shuttle bus will begin taking racers from the finish (at the Grand Plaza, right in front of the movie theater) to the start (Vassault Park) at 6:15 am and continue until all runners are shuttled back to the start.
  4. 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 medical reasons.
  5. Can an entry be transferred to someone else? No.
  6. 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.
  7. Can I pick up my race packet on race day? Yes, but is it strongly encouraged that runners pick the packets up on July 3rd.
  8. What time does the race start? The 5k starts at 8:00 AM. The kids 1K run starts at 9:00 AM.
  9. Will there be professional photographers on the course? Yes. Race photography will be provided by CJ Photography
  10. Is the race Chip Timed? Yes, Chip Start and Chip Finish. The chips are on the bib, so there is no need to return anything at the finish. Bibs must be worn on the front of the shirt. Do not fold or cover up the bib.
  11. Do you get a commemorative shirt when you sign up?  Yes
  12. Do you get a medal for the 2020 event? Yes
  13. Is the course USATF Certifed? YES Certification number is WA18016RMB
  14. Is the course fast? Yes, it is a net downhill course!
  15. Can you walk the 5k? Yes
  16. Are dogs allowed? Sorry, due to liability and insurnace reasons, dogs are not allowed to run at this event.
  17. Where can I park? Please see parking information
  18. What is the average temperature for July in Tacoma? 53′ for the low, 75′ for the high.  Average race start temperature is 60′
  19. How far is the Start from the Finish line? 1.8 miles for the most direct route.
  20. Is there a gear check at the start? Yes
  21. Are there porta-potties at the start? Yes
  22. 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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