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TACOMA CITY MARATHON

Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30, 2023
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2023 Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

The 20 Year Marathon Maniac Reunion

We’re excited to announce that the Tacoma City Marathon will be hosting the 20 Year Marathon Maniacs Reunion in 2023! Mark your calendar for the weekend of April 29 & 30, 2023 and join us for the return of the Ghost of Tacoma on Saturday and the Tacoma City Marathon on Sunday with Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and 5k options available.

The Marathon and Half Marathon are 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 downhill 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

Start Time: 7:30 am
Start Location: Tacoma Narrows Airport
Finish Location: Dune Peninsula Park

USATF Certification: WA22005RMB

Half Marathon

Start Time: 7:30 am
Start Location: Tacoma Narrows Airport
Finish Location: 
Dune Peninsula Park

USATF Certification: WA22004RMB

5K

Start Time: 8:00 am
Start/Finish Location: Dune Peninsula Park

MARATHON RELAY LEGS
  • Leg 1 Over the Bridge (6.72 miles – hard) HERE <<
    Start (Tacoma Narrows Airport) to Aid Station 2 (War Memorial Park)
  • Leg 2 Through the Woods (5.76 miles – hard) HERE <<
    Aid station 2 (Vassualt Park) to Aid Station 4 (Wilson Way Bridge)
  • Leg 3 Along the Water (3.13 miles – easy) HERE <<
    Aid Station 4 (Wilson Way Bridge) to Aid Station 5 (Dickman Mill Park)
  • Leg 4 You Go to the TA (5.08 miles – easy) HERE <<
    Aid station 6 (Dickman Mill) to Turnaround and back to Aid station 7 (Theas Park)
  • Leg 5 Race to Dune (5.52 miles – easy but make it hard!) HERE <<
    Aid station 7 (Theas Park) to Finish (Dune Pennisula Park).
REGISTRATION INFORMATION

2023 registration details coming soon…

2023 MARATHON PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Tech Shirt (order by 3/30 for guaranteed shirt).
TBD: (2-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)

2023 HALF MARATHON PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Tech Shirt (order by 3/30 for guaranteed shirt).
TBD: (2-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)

2023 5k PRICE & INCREASE CALENDAR
Registration includes a Medal & Tri-Blend T-Shirt (order by 3/30 for guaranteed shirt).
TBD: (2-Day Opening Special! On sale at 10:00 am.)

Late registration will be available online during packet pick-up & on day of race.

REGISTER HERE

CONFIRM REGISTRATION HERE <

Sponsored by:

Race Day Medical Services Provided by:


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

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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OUR HOST HOTEL
SILVER CLOUD HOTEL TACOMA AT POINT RUSTON

The newly opened Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston is this year’s exclusive host hotel for the Tacoma City Marathon, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Puget Sound waterfront along with the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Amenities include a rooftop pool, valet parking, wifi, and the Copper & Salt Northwest Kitchen Restaurant & Bar. The hotel will also host pre-race packet pick-up. 

Discounted rates will be available for the 2022 Tacoma City Marathon Room Block from Friday, April 29, 2022 through Monday, April 1st. All guestroom reservations and discounted rates are subject to availability at the hotel.

 

Book your stay at the Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston ONLINE or ask for the “Tacoma City Marathon Association 2022” discount by phone at (253) 319-8300 Ext. 1.

 

BOOK NOW

BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS HERE <

 

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TRAIN WITH FLEET FEET

Train for the Tacoma City 5k with Fleet Feet Tacoma and Fleet Feet Bonney Lake!

Are you interested in training for your first 5k but don’t know where to start? Maybe you’ve run a 5k before but want to improve your time? Join the Fleet Feet Tacoma ignite! Training Group or the Fleet Feet Bonney Lake ignite! Training Group and train for the Tacoma City 5k on April 30th! This 8-week program kicks off the week of March 7th with the first group workout on Tuesday evening, March 8th.

The Tacoma group will meet at the Fleet Feet Tacoma store on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings and the Bonney Lake group will meet at Alan Yorke Park or the Foothills Trail at McMillan on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Already registered for a different spring race but want to train with the group? Not a problem! The coaches at Fleet Feet are happy to help adjust your plan so you can meet your goals, too. Check out Fleet Feet Training for more information on these groups and other training programs that Fleet Feet has to offer.

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2022 MEDALS & RACE SWAG

*2023 Swag TBA
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 Friday prior to race day to avoid long lines on race morning. Shirts will only be available at packet pick-up & the finish line.

DATES & TIMES TBD

Packet Pickup Location: 
Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront

The Point Ruston Garage and street parking around Point Ruston is complimentary up to one hour, please do not park in the valet circle at the Silver Cloud Hotel.

Day-of-Race Packet Pickup will available be from 6:00 am – 7:15 am at the Marathon/Half-Marathon Start Line / 6:45 am – 7:45 am at the 5K Start Line. You may also have someone else pick up your race packet for you.

**Please note: Packets will not be available for pickup before 12:00 pm. Please do not call Silver Cloud 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: 5:00 am
Last Shuttle: 6:45 am

Packet Pick Up & Gear Check: 6:00 am – 7:15 am (Marathon/Half), 6:45 am – 7:45 am (5K)

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 – 2:00 pm
Course Closes: 1:30 pm

Shuttle Bus
You must purchase a Bus Ticket to board the shuttle buses, this helps us offset the cost of bus rentals without increasing registration fees and helps us determine how many buses we’ll need for race day. You will receive a wrist band at packet pick-up that you should wear to board the bus. If you purchase your bus ticket online after 6:00 pm on Friday, you will need to bring your purchase confirmation (either on your phone or printed).

If you’d prefer to drive yourself, or get dropped off, please keep in mind there is a toll-fee to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge ($5.25 with a Good To Go! Pass / $6.25 Toll Booth / $7.25 Pay by Mail). Limited parking is available at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. You can also be dropped off at the Start Line.

Shuttle Buses will depart from the loop behind the Farelli’s at Point Ruston where there is a large covered area the starting at 5:00 am to 6:45 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 1:30 pm.

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, Gatorade, 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.

  • Aid Station #1 – Marathon & Half Marathon Mile 3.5
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water
    North Skyline Drive, GPS (47.256315, -122.531430) <<
  • Aid Station #2 – Marathon & Half Marathon Mile 6.7
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water
    Vassault Park, GPS (47.281630, -122.521090) <<
  • Aid Station #3 – Marathon & Half Marathon Mile 9.1
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water, Honey Stingers
    Wilderness Cutoff Rd., GPS (47.306697, -122.534517) <<
  • Lululemon Aid Station (#4) – Marathon & Half Marathon Mile 12.5
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water
    Wilson Way Bridge, GPS (47.305162, -122.515097) <<
  • Aid Station #5 – Marathon Mile 13.6 / 25.4
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water
    WaterWalk Octopus, GPS (47.295475, -122.500156) <<
  • Orange Theory Fitness Aid Station (#6) – Marathon Mile 15.6 / 23.4
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water, Honey Stingers 
    Dickman Mill, GPS (47.276807, -122.469969) <<
  • Orange Theory Fitness Aid Station (#7) – Marathon Mile 17.8 / 21.2
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water
    Theas Park, GPS (47.260357, -122.439119) << 
  • Aid Station #8 – Marathon Mile 19.5
    Honey Bucket; Gatorade/Water
    Marathon TA North of 21st St Park on Dock St GPS (47.243212, -122.433810<< 

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.
Marathon Pacers: 3:30, 3:50, 4:00, 4:10
Half Pacers: 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:30 

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 food and water to aid in your recovery as well as medical assistance provided by Multicare and Mobile IV hydration available from RevIVe Drip.

This year’s finish line party at Dune Penninsula Park will include a variety of vendors and food trucks, live music by Stan the Guitar Man & Moonyard, massage services available from BeHive Massage and athletic trainers from Olympic Sport & Spine.

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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.

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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FAQs

Where can I park for the event?

Paid parking is available at Point Ruston, there is free parking on the surrounding streets outside of Point Ruston.

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 Friday Packet Pickup.

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. Marathon – WA22005RMB / Half Marathon – WA22004RMB

Will there be energy gel on the course?

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

Where can spectators view the race?

There are several spots along the course where you can watch and cheer on your runners. Please avoid crossing the course.

Mile 3: War Memorial Park
Mile 6: Vassualt Park by way of 6th ave & Pearl Street
Mile 12: Park under the Wilson Way Bridge and walk up the steps to the bridge
Mile 16: Park on N 30th St and walk down McCarver to Ruston Way path or Chinese Reconciliation Garden
Mile 19.5: Park at 21st St bridge park on Dock St at the Marathon turnaround

Can I track a runner?

We don’t have a tracking system for the race, but if your runner has a smart watch with tracking, they can share that information with friends and family. If your they plan to run with a phone, you can use Strava Beacon or a similar app to live track. 

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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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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