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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

2017: 522 Finishers
2016: 591 Finishers
2015: 495 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 36.6%
2016: 27.4%
2015: 26.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The downhill Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon 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.

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 124th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 146th largest in 2015.

This year 36.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 27.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon the 18th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 8th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 104.37 ranks it as the 8th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd 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 9th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd 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)

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Recent Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 6 Reviews
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review of 2017 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2016 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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




review of 2016 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips

Wear gators.

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

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



review of 2016 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2015 Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



Finish Time Equivalent

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