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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, April 29, 2018
2017: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 51°F (10°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.06
Course Score: 98.06

Race Size

2017: 298 Finishers
2016: 455 Finishers
2015: 458 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 7.4%
2016: 9.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Tacoma City Marathon course starts at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Runners cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge with views of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. After the short ascent off the Narrows Bridge runners travel through North Tacoma's Proctor District.

The course then gradually descends through Ruston to the rolling section of Pt. Defiance Park. The last section of the course is flat along the waterfront.

Although the course is net downhill, there are quite a few elevation changes throughout the course.

Marathon Rankings

The Tacoma City Marathon was the 199th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 154th largest in 2016.

Last year 7.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Tacoma City Marathon the 281st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 215th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.06 ranks it as the 306th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 23rd 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 Tacoma City Marathon a PR Score of 98.06. This PR Score ranks it as the 252nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 22nd fastest in Washington.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 411 feet (125m)
Min Elevation: 8 feet (2m)


Recent Tacoma City Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Tacoma City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Weather is perfect in late April. Low 40's to high 50's consistently. City of Tacoma is surrounded by some amazing scenery and the race incorporates a few really neat views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Point Defiance Park, Commencement Bay, and Mount Rainier. Gorgeous race and well run.

Race Tips

Big hill in Point Defiance park from mile 16-18. 200 feet of elevation gain over these two miles. Race start can be extra chilly, especially when windy but you warm up quickly on the run.

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

Gear check and shuttle available from downtown Tacoma is free. Shuttle picks people up in downtown and takes you to the Tacoma Marathon start point at the airport. Free coffee, bagels, and snacks at the start.

review of 2014 Tacoma City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The cool drizzly weather and net elevation downhill make this course very friendly to making your PR and the elevation profile isn't accurate for the first few miles because it mistakenly records the route into the channel instead of on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge which is similar to running over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco where I live. This route has a lot of similarities to the San Francisco Marathon though it isn't a loop and is definitely easier being net downhill. In fact, the level changes really act to break up the monotony of the run and helped build pace for me. I PR'd here though I didn't qualify for Boston.

Race Tips

Hopefully, this is corrected for next time, but the elevation profile on their website is wrong and needs to be corrected around the bridge. You lose about a third of the listed uphill elevation when this is corrected. Also, the expo is very small and underwhelming but don't let that keep you from taking advantage of a relatively small event that has a great route and location for the price imo.

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

Parking is easy and free near the finish of the race in downtown Tacoma so no need to use hotel parking and the shuttle to the start is fine. If you come from out of town, having a rental car is great to checkout the area, including Seattle.

Finish Time Equivalent

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