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Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Trail
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 60°F (15°C)
Average High: 68°F (20°C)
Average Low: 52° F (11°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 103.61
Course Score: 104.37

Race Size

2016: 591 Finishers
2015: 495 Finishers
2014: 403 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 27.4%
2015: 26.7%
2014: 14.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The downhill Light at the End of the Tunnel course is a very fast course. However, running just over two miles through a tunnel and the trail surface (hard-packed gravel) may slow some runners a little. However, the move from a July race date to a June date in 2015 should result in faster times due to the more favorable temperatures (edited: 26.7% of finishers in 2015 ran Boston qualifying times compared to 14.7% in 2014).

From race website - The Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon runs on a scenic, point-to-point, rail-trail course which descends 2050 feet in 26.2 miles from Snoqualmie Pass to North Bend.

Marathon Rankings

The Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon was the 149th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 181st largest in 2014.

This year 27.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 26.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon the 12th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 16th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 104.37 ranks it as the 6th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Washington.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon a PR Score of 103.61. This PR Score ranks it as the 7th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Washington.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 2563 feet (781m)
Min Elevation: 515 feet (157m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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..

Finish Time Equivalent

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