Beat The Blerch

Beat The Blerch
Date Sep 7, 2024
Distance 5k, 10k, Half-marathon, Marathon
Course Type Trail


Race Information

Beat The Blerch is a 5K/10k/half/full marathon founded by The Oatmeal, which takes place in the beautiful mossy forests of Carnation, Washington. The race was inspired by this comic:

There will be cake at every aid station, infinite supplies of Nutella, and Blerches in costume who may or may not be chasing you throughout the race. This marathon is your chance to figuratively (and literally), Beat The Blerch.

It’s quick, (mostly) flat, and in the beautiful woods of the Pacific Northwest. Runners are treated to spectacular views along the Snoqualmie Valley River trail, which winds its way through evergreen, mossy forests.  The race takes place in Carnation, Washington, a quaint little town located about 35 minutes outside of Seattle!


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New 100k and 100 mile distance happens September 21-22, 2024.

At Ultra Fest you'll have the option to run 50k, 50 miles, 100k, or 100 miles through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes that Mother Nature has to offer in the Pacific Northwest!

Updates for 2024 include the new 100k and 100 mile distances, faster courses, and a new location with on-site parking so that you can roll back to your car post-finish.

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