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Portland Marathon
 
3.8 (3 reviews)
Portland, OR
October 08, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 4,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Portland Marathon is rated as one of the premier marathons in the U.S. and one of the top 10 road race events in the U.S. Runner’s World called the Portland Marathon “the best people’s marathon in the West” and for the past ten years has ranked it as one of the top marathons in the country. The provide a memorable marathon experience for each and every one of their runners and walkers, and to top it all off, they send finishers home with great mementos – the most and best marathon swag anywhere!

Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon
 
4.8 (2 reviews)
Seattle, WA
June 18, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 2,500
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon is a loop-style race with various out & backs and tours out to Seward Park and Mercer Island.

Eugene Marathon
 
4.8 (2 reviews)
Eugene, OR
May 07, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,700
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 250 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Imagine spending a summer weekend at the birthplace of distance running where you can run in the footsteps of history, watch elite athletes perform and be a part of sport’s future. That’s the Eugene Marathon. With an average temperature of 54 degrees at the starting line, times will be faster on this flat, beautiful course that includes ten parks and miles of riverside trails.

Seattle Marathon
 
4.8 (2 reviews)
Seattle, WA
November 26, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 1,600
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

The Seattle Marathon Family of Events has grown into the largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the U.S. This Original Hometown Marathon is on a beautiful course with rolling hilly sections and scenic views of downtown Seattle and Lake Washington. It's also RRCA certified as a Boston qualifier.

Jack & Jill's Downhill Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
North Bend, WA
July 30, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 600
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 0 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.00
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: Yes
Jack & Jill's Downhill Marathon is a point-to-point Boston qualifying race which takes place on the Iron Horse Trail (also known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail) and Snoqualmie Valley Trail. Highlights include a pitch-black 2-mile run through the Snoqualmie Tunnel, an overall elevation drop of almost 2,000 ft., and beautiful scenery including passes over railway trestles which offer views of I-90 and the valley below.
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
North Bend, WA
June 11, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 600
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 0 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.00
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: Yes

The Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon is a point-to-point downhill marathon race on a scenic gravel rail-trail 50 miles east of Seattle, Washington. The course is a Boston qualifier and has the best profile in the country for a fast time due to the consistent gentle downhill grade and the low starting elevation. The first three miles are flat, cold, foggy and damp inside an unlit tunnel. Once out of the Tunnel, the gravel trail starts down the hill and keeps on going down, 2050 feet in the next 23 miles. It's never steep enough to be uncomfortable; you just feel like you're having a great race.

Tacoma City Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Tacoma, WA
April 30, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

A point-to-point road race which starts at Tacoma Narrows Airport and finishes in Tacoma. The course traverses the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and takes tours through North Tacoma's Proctor District, the beautiful Pt. Defiance Park, and the Tacoma Waterfront. This course really magnifies the beauty of the Narrows Bridge, and the personality and amenities of the City of Tacoma.

Newport Marathon
 
4.5 (1 reviews)
Newport, OR
June 03, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 500
Course Layout: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 175 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.00
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Along the Newport Marathon course, runners will be treated to a splendid variety of views and scenery, wildlife and shipping, fishermen and crabbers. It is a flat, very fast, and beautiful course that will produce numerous PR's. Our course is USATF certified and has proven to be a very good "first marathon" as well as an excellent qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Tunnel Light Marathon
 
4.7 (4 reviews)
North Bend, WA
September 17, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 500
Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 0 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 0.00
Surface: Mostly Trail/Not-Paved
Certified: Yes

The Tunnel Light Marathon is a point-to-point downhill marathon race on a scenic gravel rail-trail 50 miles east of Seattle, Washington. The course is a Boston qualifier and has the best profile in the country for a fast time due to the consistent gentle downhill grade and the low starting elevation. The first three miles are flat, cold, foggy and damp inside an unlit tunnel. Once out of the Tunnel, the gravel trail starts down the hill and keeps on going down, 2050 feet in the next 23 miles. It's never steep enough to be uncomfortable; you just feel like you're having a great race.

Vancouver USA Marathon
 
0.0 (0 reviews)
Vancouver, WA
September 17, 2017

Race Vitals

Participants: 450
Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 350 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 2.25
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Come find out what Vancouver USA is all about. The course is truly a gem, highlighting the best that our community has to offer, including historic sites, a National Park and the mighty Columbia River. Don't miss this outrageous race across the river with all the amenities: a commemorative tech-shirt, finisher medal, great food, beverages, goodies, a fabulous view and so much more!

Learn about Difficulty Rating

Difficulty Rating

Race Navigator created the Difficulty Rating scale to help runners quickly compare the difficulty between marathon courses. The scale is 0.0 to 5.0 with 0.0 being the easiest and 5.0 being the most difficult. A further explanation is below:

Rating Course Description
0 to 1 These courses are mostly downhill and very fast – excellent for PR/BQ’s.
1 to 2 A rating of “1” means the course is flat; closer to “2” you can expect small hills.
2 to 3 The course has moderate hills.
3 to 4 The course has substantial hills.
4 to 5 Very difficult course usually with technical terrain.

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