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Washington > Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Tacoma, WA  •  Sunday, May 4, 2014  •  Course Map

More than 2,100 runners crossed the finish line in all races combined at the spring 2013 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 point-to-point route in 2014, which finishes 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.

Race Weather & Climate

Mild, occasionally cool weather tends be the norm in the Tacoma area in the early weeks of spring. 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.

May Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 48°F Low: 41°F Rain: 2.11 in.
High: 66°F High: 61°F Snow: N/A

Course Map

See the map for the Tacoma City Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:00 AM - full marathon
7:30 AM - 5K
8:00 AM - half marathon


See race website


To reserve your spot in the late spring 2014 running of the Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Marathon Relay race, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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