TACOMA CITY MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 5K

Saturday April 30, 2022
Registration OPEN
THE TACOMA CITY MARATHON RETURNS IN 2022!

The Point-to-Point Course over the Narrows Bridge is BACK!

We’re excited to announce that the Tacoma City Marathon will return in 2022! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 30, 2022 and join us for the Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k. After 2 years away due to the pandemic, we’re thrilled to be bringing the marathon back to Tacoma.

Course Info & Maps
Registration
Medals/Swag
Packet Pick-Up
Day of Race Schedule
Results & Photos
Awards
Volunteer
FAQs 

Marathon Start Time: 7:30 am
Course Map: HERE 
Start Location: Tacoma Narrows Airport
Finish Location: Dune Peninsula Park

Half Marathon Start Time: 7:30 am
Course Map: HERE 
Start Location: Tacoma Narrows Airport
Finish Location: Dune Peninsula Park

5K Start Time: 8:00 am
Course Map: TBA 
Start & Finish Location: Dune Peninsula Park

MARATHON & HALF MARATHON COURSE 

The 2022 Marathon and Half Marathon will be point-to-point courses running across the iconic Narrows Bridge and finishing at Tacoma’s beautiful Dune Peninsula Park at Point Ruston, the Northwest’s premier waterfront neighborhood. This picturesque entertainment and recreation hub is situated along Commencement Bay with panoramic views of the Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges.

Runners will enjoy a scenic, USATF-Certified and Boston Qualifying course that passes through Point Defiance Park, with over 700 acres of beautiful gardens and old growth forests. After exiting Pt. Defiance, the Marathon and Half Marathon runners will cross over the Wilson Way Bridge with a sweet half mile dowhill to the Puget Sound and Dune Peninsula Park where the Half Marathon will finish. The Marathon will continue down the flat and fast waterfront with views of Mt. Rainier and the Puget Sound. The Marathon turnaround is along the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade and the beautiful Museum of Glass.

Marathon Course HERE < 
USATF Certification Pending

Half Marathon Course
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USATF Certification Pending

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

2022 MARATHON PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Tech Shirt.
December 1 – 2: $80 (2-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)
December 3 – January 14: $90
January 15 – February 14: $108
February 15 – March 14: $128
March 15 – April 14: $145
April 15: $165

2022 HALF MARATHON PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Tech Shirt.
December 1 – 2: $65 (2-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)
December 3 – January 14: $75
January 15 – February 14: $94
February 15 – March 14: $112
March 15 – April 14: $132
April 15: $150

2022 5k PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Tri-Blend T-Shirt.
December 1 – 2: $35 (2-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)
December 3 – January 14: $40
January 15 – February 14: $45
February 15 – March 14: $50
March 15 – April 14: $55
April 15: $60

Online registration closes on April 27th 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. We offer a family discount to families of four or more. Please use the family of four or more button to register your family and receive the discount.

(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:

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

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*.
Marathon & Half Marathon Runners
will receive a tech shirt.
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 Thursday or Friday prior to race day to avoid long lines on race morning. Shirts will only be available at packet pick-up & the finish line.

Thursday & Friday, April 28th & 29th: 2pm to 6pm

Packet Pickup Location: 
Fleet Feet Tacoma
3812 N 26th St
Tacoma, Washington 98407

Day-of-Race Packet Pickup will available be from 6:00 am – 7:45 am.  

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DAY OF RACE SCHEDULE

First Shuttle: 4:30 am
Last Shuttle: 6:30 am

Packet Pick Up & Gear Check: 6:00 am – 7:45 am

Early Start: 6:30 am
Marathon Start: 7:30 am
Half Marathon Start: 7:30 am
5k Start: 8:00 am

Post-Race Shuttles: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Course Closes: 1:30 pm

Shuttle Bus
Shuttle Buses will depart from Farrelli’s Pizza at Point Ruston from 4:30 am to 6:30 am. Do not wait for the last bus.
The return shuttle will go continually back and forth from the Finish Line Parking Lot to the Start Line at Tacoma Narrows Airport. Return shuttles will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Limited parking is available at the Tacoma/Narrows Airport. You can also be dropped off at the Start Line.

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 and Full 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.

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.

Photos

2022 Photos (Coming Soon)
2019 Photos
2018 Photos

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?

Parking is available at Point Ruston and free on the surrounding streets.

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. Packet pickup will be available until 7 pm.

What time does the race start?

Marathon & Half: 7:30 am at Tacoma Narrows Airport
5K: 8:00 am at Dune Peninsula Park

Can I start the marathon 1 hour early at 6:30 AM?

Yes, there is an early start provided for those needing more than 6 hours to complete the Marathon. Please check in with the timer at the start line. Early starters finishing the marathon under 5 hours will be disqualified and not given a finish time. You must need the extra time to start early. Early starters must be self-supported, know the route, and obey all traffic/pedestrian laws until officers and volunteers are on the course. You are on your own until officers and volunteers arrive on the course.

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 I pick up my award after the race?

Yes, at the results tent.

How many miles is the Tacoma City Marathon?

26.2 miles or 42,195 meters.

Can you walk the Marathon?

We have a 7-hour cut off with the early start. 16 minute per mile pace with the early start.

Can you walk the Half Marathon?

We have a 4-hour cut off. If the police don’t think you can make it in the allotted time you may be moved to the sidewalk, 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.

What is the average temperature for April in Tacoma?

46 low – 64 high. 

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.

Will there be pacers?

Yes. Provided by The Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics.

Are the courses USATF certified?

Tacoma City Marathon and Half Marathon have always been USATF Certified Courses, certification is pending for 2022.

Will there be energy gel on the course?

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

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.

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

ABOUT TCMA

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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