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.
The Tacoma City Marathon was the 156th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 150th 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 222nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 214th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 98.06 ranks it as the 293rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 22nd 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 246th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 21st fastest in Washington.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.