The Seattle Marathon is one of the oldest marathons held in North America. Dating back to 1970 with then only 38 runners from the University of Washington as creators, it has grown to be one of the largest marathons run in the Northwest and among the largest ten in the US. Not a single event, the Seattle Marathon is run in addition to the half marathon, the children’s race, the 5k and 10k, a marathon walk, a half marathon walk and the marathon expo. A whole day event, there is something for literally everyone.
The course begins at 5th Avenue, between Harrison and Broad, which is directly in front of the Experience Music Project. The racers follow a path to travel down the street of the downtown city center and then along the shores of spectacular Lake Washington. From there they run through the Arboretum and then finish at the Seattle Center. Not your typically flat run, the course is challenging with obstacles such as steep hills, which is why it is not classified as one of the fastest races in North America.
USATF certified, those who have aspirations of competing in the Boston Marathon can use their time as a qualifier