12th Annual Michelob ULTRA Tacoma City Marathon - April 28th & 29th 2018


When does Registration open for 2017? September 5, 2017

When does Registration close? Online closes on April 25, 2018 at midnight. Packet pickup registration is available on Friday, April 27 and Saturday April 28, 2016

Where can I find the Runner's World article? >>HERE

Where can I park for the event? Parking is free at Point Ruston and surrounding streets.

Shuttle bus information: Please check back, we may provide shuttle bus service to and from Point Ruston to Downtown Tacoma which is approximately 5 miles away.

For more information on the shuttle bus. TBD

Is there a Military discount available? Yes, there is a $5 discount for military personnel. You will see a check box on the registration page. You must show your Military ID at packet pick up.

Can I switch race distances after I have signed up? Yes, you can switch distances at packet pickup. There are no refunds. If you move up in distances please be prepared to pay the price difference. Pick up your packet first and then go to the registration booth where the timer will reassign your bib number.

Can an entry be transferred to someone else? No transfers, sorry no exceptions.

I registered, but have learned that I will be unable to participate.  Is my entry fee refundable? Our policy is no refunds, no transfers to another individual or to another TCMA event, and no rollovers to the next year's race. Sorry, no exceptions.
Can I pick up someone else's race packet? Yes, as long as you have permission from them to do so. Written permission is not required.

Can I pick up my race packet on race day? Yes you can but to avoid race day anxiety we strongly suggest picking your number up at Packet Pickup. Packet pickup will be available until 7pm.

What time does the race start? 
Saturday April 28 5k 7:30 AM
Saturday April 28 Ghost Marathon & Half 8:30 AM 
Sunday April 29, Marathon, ULTRA & Marathon Relay 7:00 AM
Half Marathon starts at 7:00 AM.

Can I start the marathon 1 hour early at 6:00 AM? Yes, there is an early start provided for those needing more than 6 hours to complete the Marathon or ULTRA marathon. Please check in with the timer at the start line. Early starters finishing under 5 hours will be disqualified and not given a finish time. You must need the extra time to start early. Early starters must be self-supported, know the route, and obey all traffic/pedestrian laws until officers and volunteers are on the course. You are on your own until officers and volunteers arrive on the course.

Will there be professional photographers on the course? TBD

Is the race Chip Timed? Yes, Chip Start, Chip Split, Chip Finish. Your timing tag is attached to the back of your race bib. In order to receive a time your race bib must be worn on the outside of your top outer garment. Avoid bending your bib which may damage the timing tag. The timing tag is disposable so it does not need to be returned.
If you have any questions regarding the timing, please click >>HERE

Do you get a commemorative shirt when you sign up? Yes. Everyone gets a technical shirt. 

Do you get a finisher medal? Yes, Saturday's Ghost Full & Half, Saturday's 5k, Sunday's Full, Half, and each Marathon Relay member will receive a medal, ULTRA Marathon finishers will receive and ULTRA Marathon Medal as well as Marathon finisher medal.  

Can I pick up my award after the race? The only awards that will be given are the age group ribbons for the 5K on Saturday. The Full, Half Marathon and Relay awards will be mailed out after the race. 

How many miles is the Tacoma City Marathon? 26.2 miles or 42,195 meters.

Can you walk the Marathon? We have a 7 hour cut off with the early start. 16 minute per mile pace with the early start.

Can you walk the Half Marathon? We have a 4 hour cut off. If police don't think you can make it in the allotted time you may be moved to the sidewalk, the finish line will remain until you finish.

Can you walk the 5k? Yes

Are strollers allowed? Yes, in the 5K & Half Marathon only.

Are dogs allowed? Sorry, not for this event.

What is the average temperature for April in Tacoma? 46 low - 64 high. Find the weather forecast >>HERE.

How far is the Start from the Finish line? Both are located at Point Ruston.

Is there a gear check at the start? Yes 

Are there porta potties at the start? Yes

Are there porta potties on the course? Yes, at all the aid stations (about every two miles).

Can I wear headphones during the race? Yes, be safe and don't turn them up so loud that you can't hear volunteers or police. We recommend leaving one ear bud out. Be safe out there.

Will there be pacers to get me a Boston or New York Qualifier? Yes, by the Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics! More information HERE

Are the courses USATF certified? Sunday's Marathon and Half will be certified for Boston and NYC qualifications.

Will there be energy gel on the course? Yes, energy gels & Nuun Electrolyte will be on the course. Locations to come.

Are we missing something? Please let us know and we will gladly make the addition. Contact Us

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