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Light At The End Of The Tunnel Marathon Reviews


5.0 Stars from 6 Runners





  Fast and beautiful views

By about 2017


Review

Gradual downhill the whole race. Tunnel is crowded at first but spaces out, poor to no service in the tunnel, so you will need to feel comfortable with your pace. Gravel was fairly smooth but at times you need to watch your footing when passing runners. Run over trussels are beautiful but very high. Can be a cooler start due to elevation and wooded areas but you will be warm/hot at the last few miles. Limited crowd support due to access to trail but when you see them it gives you a great energy boost.


Race Tips

Great for PRs: must uphill and downhill training and good strengthening quads program. I brought my own water pack just to make sure I had water when needed, since first aide station was too busy and would have to stop to pour my water. Flash light and headlamp a must for tunnel, they let you toss them at end of tunnel with name and pick up at end of race, as well as a light jacket. Gaiters are helpful for preventing gravel in your shoes.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We got an Airbnb near the finish line, which was 7 mins from shuttle buses on race morning. There is no expo or packet pick up day before, just morning of so be sure to arrive early.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Race Tips

Wear gators.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hotels in town are inexpensive but are very old and dated.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The race is well organized, not gimmicky, a runner's race. The scenery was unbeatable, and of course the overall downhill was a plus. I loved it. Definitely in my top 5 favorite marathons!


Race Tips

I ended up not using, or needing, the gaiters they recommend. I was definitely happy to have my headlamp during the tunnel, and it was not a big deal to bag it and send it to the finish when the tunnel was done.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed at Hilton Garden Inn Issaquah, very clean and the town is pretty.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

2.3 miles through a pitch dark tunnel, 5 trestle bridges, old railway bed with 2% downhill grade for the entire point to point marathon. Awesome support and food at the end.


Race Tips

It's sand\gravel\dirt but trail runners aren't necessary. Not technical. Try out the sports drink before hand (it hates me)


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Edgewick Inn in North Bend is cheap, clean and walking distance to the pick up point to bus you to the start line.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

One of the coolest courses I've ever run on, this was my first full but I have run several races at other distances, it was fun, fast and beautiful.


Race Tips

**headlamp** was a big help, utilize drop bags at end of the tunnel to shed everything you don't want to lug down the mountain. MAKE SURE YOU TRAIN ON SOME LONG DOWNHILL RUNS, your quads will thank you


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Show up to the buses early..


5 / 5 Stars





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