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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, April 30, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 1, 2016

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

2016: 455 Finishers
2015: 458 Finishers
2014: 611 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 9.7%
2015: 9.2%

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 157th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 152nd largest in 2015.

Last year 9.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Tacoma City Marathon the 223rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 220th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.06 ranks it as the 297th 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 249th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 21st 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Tacoma City Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

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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