Sunday, June 18, 2017 • Seattle, WA • Course Map
Runners start their race in the shadow of Seattle’s famed Space Needle and finish next to the home offices of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon, which is set to make its 9th annual running in 2017 along a course that features stretches along Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
From the Space Needle and downtown’s Seattle Center, the race unfolds first with a long stretch down 5th Avenue, which takes runners through the heart of downtown and past several of its skyscrapers and City Hall.
Next, the course turns left and heads east along Dearborn Street, and then turns again onto Rainier Avenue for a long stretch that heads south into more residential areas, like Seattle’s Mount Baker and Columbia City neighborhoods. Here, the course flattens out in a big way for several miles, and runners don’t hit another significant hill again until around mile 8, when they make the turn onto I-90.
Before that, runners get to enjoy about a mile and half along the shoreline of Lake Washington as they run north on Lake Washington Boulevard, including stretches past Mount Baker Park and Colman Park. When they turn onto I-90, they begin a stretch that takes them through the I-90 Express tunnel for nearly a mile.
More than 14,200 runners took to the city’s streets and crossed the finish line in both races combined in the summer of 2016 — with more than 11,700 runners finishing the half marathon alone. The race will be open to wheelchair competitors as well as runners, and all participants are invited to a post-race concert the night of the race at the Seattle Center.
Also, runners will make their way along stretches near Safeco Field, the home of baseball’s Seattle Mariners, and past CenturyLink Field, the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
Runners will have a course time limit of 4 hours to complete the half marathon and 7 hours to finish the full marathon, which means that walkers as well as runners are encouraged to take part in the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Well-known as a city that sees plenty of its share of rain and clouds in the fall and winter seasons, Seattle enjoys generally warmer temperatures and sunnier, more pleasant weather in the summer, which also brings the city’s driest weather of the year.
On race day (June 18), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 70°F.
- 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon Results
- $99.99 for the half marathon
- $109.99 for the full marathon
Prices subject to increase, check race website
To reserve your spot in the early summer 2017 running of Seattle’s Dodge Rock & Roll Seattle Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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