Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17, 2017 • Carnation, WA • Course Map
If you’re a fan of cartoonist Matthew Inman’s work — and we definitely are, especially for things like “The DOs and DO NOTs of running your first marathon” and “The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances” — then you know exactly what “the Blerch” is, and what this race is all about.
And that’s beating back “the Blerch,” the little voice inside us all that begs us to stay inside, on the couch, resting and having cupcakes, when instead we know we should be outside and on our feet running. The Blerch is irresistable sometimes — actually, a lot of the time — but he can be silenced and he can be outrun, Inman adds.
This race got its start in 2014 from the comic and is expected to expand to other cities, but in the meantime you can travel to tiny Carnation (population 1,786 at the last census) in September for a full and half marathon and a 10K, all of which follow out-and-back courses that start and finish at Tort-MacDonald Park.
From there, the course heads south and east through the park, and then onto the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, a 31.5-mile-long that winds from Tort-MacDonald to Meadowbrook Farm and the Three Forks Natural Area, and unfolds with beautiful views of working farms and preserved open spaces, on mostly crushed rock surface trails.
The course rises very gradually from the starting line (about 89 feet above sea level) to the halfway point near Rutherford Slough (just over 323 feet). After runners make the turn, the second half of the race is the same as the first — just in reverse.
You’ll have 7 hours to complete the race, and Matthew Inman is expected to run the race on both Saturday and Sunday.
Race Weather & Climate
Located near where the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers meet in northwest Washington, about a 40-minute drive west from nearby Seattle, Carnation typically sees some of its mildest and driest weather of the year in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 30ºF (in 1984) and as high as 98ºF (in 1981).
On race day (Sept. 17-18), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 71ºF.
- 2016 Beat the Blerch Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Beat the Blerch Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Beat the Blerch Half Marathon Results
- 8:15 AM – full marathon
- 9:30 AM – half marathon
- 10:00 AM – 10K
- $80 for the half marathon
- $110 for the full marathon
- $55 for the 10K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Carnation’s Beat the Blerch Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K race, visit the event website here.
Official Race Website
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