Washington > Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Tacoma, WA • Sunday, May 5, 2013 • Course Map
More than 1,700 runners crossed the finish line in all races combined at the spring 2012 running of Washington state's Tacoma City Marathon, which in addition to its 26.2-mile run also features a half marathon, 5K and full marathon relay, for teams of 4 to 5 runners each.
Run entirely on paved city streets through this city that overlooks Commencement Bay on the southern end of Puget Sound, the half marathon takes runners through a combination of downtown city streets and for long stretches along the Tacoma waterfront, passing by and through several city parks with views of Mount Rainier off in the distance.
The race is set to follow a new, flatter and faster course for 2013, with an out-and-back route that will start and finish at the Tacoma Art Museum on Pacific Avenue. From there, runners follow a loop for the first couple of miles along Pacific, Puyallup Avenue and Dock Street, and then head north toward the Schuster Parkway, on which they'll spend most of the middle portion of the race. They follow Schuster all the way to the half-way turnaround point, and then head back along the route they've just run.
This stretch of the race, which takes runners along the Commencement Bay waterfront, is among its most scenic and is all flat as runners make their way along the waterfront. At the 8.8-mile point in the race, near Tacoma's Marine Park, runners hit the turnaround point and then head back along Ruston and the Schuster Parkway back toward the finish line at the art museum.
Scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 7:00 AM, and the course is a USATF (USA Track and Field) certified route.
Race Weather & Climate
Mild, occasionally cool weather tends be the norm in the Tacoma area in the early weeks of spring, as May temperatures average between 66°F and 48°F -- on the day of the race (May 5), the average high is 64°F and the average low is 45°F.
May is also among the city's drier months -- the area tends to see much more cloudy and rainy weather in the fall and winter -- with an average of just over 2 inches of rainfall during the month.
View the map for the Tacoma City Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by August 31, 2012
$55 between September 1 - December 31
$65 between January 1 - February 28, 2013
$75 between March 1 - April 15
$85 between April 16 - May 1
$95 at the race expo, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2013 running of the Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Marathon Relay race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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