Seattle Marathon

seattle marathon

Whether you’re a competitive runner or just like to put on comfortable shoes and go for scenic walk, the Seattle Marathon has something for you. When you’re done, your vacation rental home will be there waiting.

The Seattle Marathon’s has humble beginnings. In 1970 a group of friends from the University of Washington finishlinedecided to hold their own marathon, which is now the Seattle Marathon Family of Events. It has grown into the largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and is one of the top ten largest marathons in the US.

This year, 15,000 participants are expected for the marathon and half marathon walking and running events. November 30, 2014 is the date set for Seattle’s Original Hometown Marathon. Walk, run, and wheelchair times are staggered to accommodate everyone.

The course is certified 26.2 and 13.1 miles. It is rolling with challenging hilly sections and scenic views in Seattle and stunning Lake Washington.

Register today to save a bit of money. After October 15, the price goes up slightly. If you want more information, feel free to email the Seattle Marathon Association at info@seattlemarathon.org.

raceThe weekend of the race is packed with fun activities to get you ready to run. All day Friday, November 28 and Saturday you can pick up your race packets at the Westin Seattle on 1900 5th Avenue. There is also a lecture series and expo both days. Saturday evening is a carbo load dinner at 6:00pm at the Westin Seattle. Runners/walkers start at 5th and Harrison and the victory recovery area is open until 5:00pm at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall at 305 Harrison.

Come prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Seattle’s average temperature in late November is in the mid-40s with cloudy and calm skies. Seattle weather is unpredictable. It could be rainy, windy, and colder.
The Seattle Marathon Association does not provide transportation to the start line. Local pay lots and street parking are available. This includes the parking garage on 4th and Mercer, which is open at 5:45 a.m. This parking map offers more information.

All marathon and half marathon participants receive a Saucony shirt and goody bag. Finishers receive a finisher’s medal, certificate of completion, result issue, and individual care, both on the course and following.

After the race is through, you can cozy up in your vacation rental home and relax before indulging in the best that Seattle has to offer.

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