Sunday, May 5, 2019 • Tacoma, WA • Course Map
More than 2,000 runners crossed the finish line in all races combined at last year’s running of the 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 5 runners each.
Starting and finishing at the Point Ruston village along the waterfront, the half marathon course first takes runners south on an out-and-back section overlooking Commencement Bay on the southern end of Puget Sound. This section of the course is almost completely flat with views of Mount Rainier off in the distance, perhaps to make up for the hills to come.
After passing Point Ruston again, runners continue heading north toward Point Defiance Park, the largest urban park in Pierce County, and home to a variety of wildlife, both in the zoo and aquarium and living freely in the park. This middle section of the course features the half marathon’s hilliest sections as well as an escape from the city life.
Runners head out of the park near the mile 9 marker, and from there the remainder of the half marathon weaves its way through northern Tacoma’s residential neighborhoods before returning to the finish line at Point Ruston. One more steady uphill climb awaits runners as they leave the park, while the last two miles are almost entirely downhill.
Race Weather & Climate
Mild, occasionally cool weather tends be the norm in the Tacoma area in mid-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.
On race day (May 5), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 62ºF.
- 2018 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Tacoma City Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – full marathon, relay
- 7:10 AM – half marathon
- $65 – $125 – half marathon
- $75 – $135 – full marathon
- $125 – $300 – marathon relay
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of the Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay race, register online at DatabarEvents.com here.
Official Race Website
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