Saturday and Sunday, July 29 & 30, 2017 • North Bend, WA • Course Map
The Jack & Jill’s Downhill Marathon and Half Marathon takes place on one of Washington’s most scenic trails. Located in North Bend, just 31 miles from Seattle, runners will enjoy the sites of the picturesque John Wayne Trail as they make their way on a point to point course down a 1100 foot net drop from start to finish.
A USATF-certified course, the Jack & Jill’s race brings over 800 runners in both races combined, with over 240 competing in the half marathon alone.
With over 20% of those who ran in 2016 qualifying for Boston, the Jack & Jill’s half marathon is a race like no other. Runners in the half marathon will enjoy the same drop as the marathon runners, as they start their race at the halfway point of the marathon course.
Runners in the half marathon will not get to run through the Snoqualmie Tunnel located on the marathon course, but will still enjoy the views of the breathtaking John Wayne Trail. The course is almost entirely downhill, with only a slight incline of 15 feet around mile 8. The course is an old railroad route made of even dirt and gravel road.
Half marathoners will be bused from the finish area at Tollgate park and be dropped off at the bottom of a trail. They will then need to walk 1 mile up a scenic dirt road to the start. Due to the growing popularity of the half and full marathon, the races were extended to take place twice, once on Saturday and then the next day on Sunday.
If you are unable to sign up for the race, race directors suggest checking out the Iron Horse Half Marathon which takes place in August. It is similar to the Jack & Jill’s Half Marathon course, and offers the same beautiful scenic views along the John Wayne Trail.
Along the marathon course, there will be 11 aid stations, located approximately every 2 miles. The race has a limit of 6.5 hours, which equates to a 15 minute per mile pace. Every participant will receive a custom water-wicking race shirt, a race bag with swag and a race medal upon completion of the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just 30 minutes east of Seattle, and the home of the television series Twin Peaks, North Bend sees mild to warm temperatures in the 50’s and 70’s during the month of July. Record temperatures have reached as low as 36ºF (1952) and as high as 100ºF (2004)
On race day (July 29, 30), the average low is 53ºF and the average high is 76ºF.
Check race website
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Jack & Jill’s Downhill Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at the race website here.
Official Race Website
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