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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, October 13, 2018
2017: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 45°F (7°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 31° F (0°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 102.09
Course Score: 102.09

Race Size

2017: 45 Finishers
2016: 30 Finishers
2015: 59 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 2.2%
2016: 16.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The first 5.5 miles are a steep downhill - dropping ~200 feet/mile. The middle 13 miles around Clear Lake and past Rimrock Lake are mostly flat. This section does include a 180 foot hill near mile 12.

The last seven miles through the Rimrock tunnel and along the Tieton River area gentle downhill grade.

The course has a net elevation loss of approximately 2,000 feet. The start is at 4,300 feet and finishes at 2,200 feet.

Marathon Rankings

The Dog Lake Marathon was the 474th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 612th largest in 2016.

Last year 2.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Dog Lake Marathon the 422nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 67th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 102.09 ranks it as the 15th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th fastest course in Washington.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Dog Lake Marathon a PR Score of 102.09. This PR Score ranks it as the 14th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Washington.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 4212 feet (1284m)
Min Elevation: 2280 feet (695m)


Recent Dog Lake Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2013 Dog Lake Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful, quiet, fast course with autumn foliage and picturesque views.

Race Tips

Chilly temperatures, good chance for sunshine. Relax and use the downhills.

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

Stay in Yakima. Drive up 30 minutes on highway 12 to catch the shuttle to the start race day. Nice mid morning start.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Dog Lake Marathon in 4:55:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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