Four Must Run Seattle Marathons
Running a marathon is a huge undertaking, and something that many aspire to complete. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, or looking for your first long endurance run, Seattle has a host of different options! With great weather, lively culture, and a huge running community, the Emerald city is truly a running gem. These four are our favorites:
This scenic run has been around since the ‘70s, and once you experience the course you’ll see why. There are just enough hills to pose a challenge to participants, and help you work off that Thanksgiving feast (the race is the weekend after turkey day). This course is USATF and RRCA certified. The course goes from Seattle Center, across the floating I-90 bridge, and then circles back to form a loop to the start. The Seattle Marathon also welcomes walkers, so no matter whether you sprint or saunter, this race is a great one!
The Rock’n’Roll Marathon makes and annual stop in Seattle and usually hosts over 20,000 runners. This race is unique in that each mile marker is accompanied by a live rock and roll band. Enjoy the sun and the view while keeping pace with all the best music as you travel from downtown to Lake Washington, cross the floating I-90 bridge, and circle back to cheering crowds, great food, and a killer after party. This event takes place during the Seattle Health & Fitness Expo, so don’t forget to take a peek at all the new gear!
Everyone loves going on vacation, but nobody likes getting there, or the weight they gain while away. Have the best without the worst and run the Whidbey! This marathon takes place on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, which is close enough to qualify as a “stay-cation.” The course runs through tranquil farmland, and boasts amazing ocean views that will refresh your spirits as you work your muscles. You’ll find accommodation close by at one of the many inns and motels, or drive the RV up and take the weekend off from city living entirely! You’ll return from this weekend refreshed, revitalized, and feeling strong (minus that whole running a marathon part).
The Dizzy Daze is an endurance race like no other. The event takes place at the outdoor running loop around Green Lake, and is as much a test of mental grit as physical. Participants have twelve hours to circle the lake as many times as they can--the runner with the most laps by 7pm wins. Organizers will provide food throughout the day, from grilled cheese and soup to pizza. Dogs, spouses, friends, and children are all welcome to run alongside registered participants, as long as they do not block the course. Run as long or as short as you like, and see how long you can go before you get dizzy!
Want more? Check out the RunGuides Seattle Marathon Calendar for a complete list of marathons happening in and around the city. For a list of slightly less daunting races have a look at our calendar of Seattle runs and running events.