Seattle is a city known for its fitness, and running is popular year-round, rain or shine. You'll see plenty of lone runners out in parks, on trails, or making their way through neighborhoods. You'll also spot groups of runners training together, such as Team in Training.
And where there are runners, there are marathons - and plenty of them in an around Seattle! Whether you’re looking to qualify for Boston or just pushing your fitness to the next step, Seattle and other Washington State cities near and far offer a wide array of marathons.
Below is a list of many marathons and other runs near Seattle.
The Wooley Run takes place each February in Sedro-Woolley and usually includes a half marathon, marathon, and 50K. The race is dog-friendly, so long as your pup is on a leash and stays with you the whole time. The course out and back is on railroad-grade gravel.
Mountain Marathon and Hillbilly Half Marathon 403
If you like your marathons a bit on the wild side, this is the run for you. It takes place in Capitol Forest near Olympia. The course is on dirt trails and dirt roads and includes steep hills, technical trails, and (depending on how much rain there's been) mud. It's not an easy course, the forest is beautiful.
Yakima River Canyon Marathon
The race starts near the intersection of Canyon Road and Berry Road in Ellensburg and continues into Selah. The course includes both uphill and downhill portions, and perks include views of Yakima River Canyon and a carb-loading dinner the night before.
Whidbey Island Marathon and Half Marathon
This marathon takes place at Deception Pass State Park at Pass Lake in Oak Harbor, and it's a Boston qualifier, USAFT certified course. The course does involve open roads, which are all coned and flagged and there are marshals, flaggers, and police on the course to ensure safety.
The Wenatchee Marathon is another USATF certified, Boston qualifier. The course is fast and mostly on asphalt trails with views of the gorgeous Columbia River and the Cascade Mountains. There is also a half marathon and 10K, and walkers are welcome.
Spring Eagle Trail Run
Formerly known as the Soaring Eagle Trail Run, the Spring Eagle Trail run takes place at Soaring Eagle Park in Sammamish. There's a variety of trail lengths to choose from, including a marathon, half marathon, 20 miles, 10 miles and 5 miles. The course is on trails that are mostly flat but do include twists, turns, roots and more to keep you on your toes.
Grand Ridge Marathon Trail Run
Opt for a trial run of a marathon, or a 50K, half marathon or 5 mile at Grand Ridge Regional Park in Issaquah.
Tacoma City Marathon
The Tacoma City Marathon is super picturesque as the course goes across the Narrows Bridge, through wooded Point Defiance Park, and along the full length of the Tacoma Waterfront. The course is paved the whole way and features some minor hills, but is mostly a fast course.
Windermere Marathon and Half Marathon
The course is a Boston qualifier and USAFT certified. Overall, there's an elevation drop of 200 feet. The Windermere Marathon takes place in Spokane and winds through neighborhoods, along the Spokane River, and through downtown Spokane.
Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon
For a marathon right within the city limits, look to the Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon, which starts at Seattle Center. The course has moderate elevation gains on city streets as Seattle is a hilly city, and goes through a number of Seattle neighborhoods. Expect live music, after-race activities and more.
North Olympic Discovery Marathon
The race is a USAFT certified Boston qualifier that goes from Sequim to Port Angeles. The course involves mixed-surface trails, some along the Olympic Discovery Trail.
This scenic course out of rural Winthrop is USATF certified and mostly downhill, with a net loss of 1,300 feet on the marathon course (400 on the half marathon). The course isn't especially spectator friendly and there are some cars on the course.
San Juan Island Marathon
If you love stunning Puget Sound views, the San Juans are in general the place to be. Why not run a marathon there? The course can be hilly and includes some steeper climbs, but there are plenty of views and sometimes even wildlife along the way.
Taylor Mountain Marathon Trail Run
If you seek a marathon on an untamed course, this one is entirely on trails. The race takes place just between Issaquah and Renton, less than 45 minutes out of Seattle. There is also a 50K option, as well as a half marathon and a 5-mile course.
Redmond Watershed Preserve Marathon
Along with a marathon, you can also run a 5 mile, 10 mile or a half marathon through the Redmond Watershed Preserve in Redmond. The course is on trails that are mostly flat with moderate grades and just a few climbs. The trails are forested and fast.
Vancouver USA Marathon
The Vancouver Marathon is part of an entire weekend of fun, including brewery events (making this a marathon perfect for beer lovers!) and a cycling tour. The course is paved and often along the Columbia River.
Lake Chelan Shore to Shore Marathon
Given that most of the course is along or very close to Lake Chelan, count on stellar views almost the entire way. The course is mostly flat with some minor hills and goes between the communities of Chelan and Manson. Walkers are welcome on the half-marathon and 5K courses, but not the full marathon.
Bellingham Bay Marathon
The course starts at Gooseberry Point and ends in downtown Bellingham. It's also a Boston qualifier. The course is mostly on roads with stretches of urban trails, and some hills with virtually no overall elevation gain/loss. Expect views of Bellingham Bay, San Juan islands, and North Cascade mountains.
The course travels over mixed-surface trails both paved and dirt and starts in downtown Leavenworth before going through Icicle Canyon, along the Wenatchee River, and through Leavenworth. It's super picturesque and puts you in great proximity to German food and beer in Leavenworth!
The Poulsbo Marathon starts near North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo and is a USATF certified, Boston qualifier. The course has gradual hills, paved roads and some pedestrian paths. There's also a half marathon, a 10 mile and a relay marathon.
Ft. Steilacoom Marathon Trail Run
Ft. Steilacoom Park in Steilacoom is a gorgeous park with miles of trails, which host this marathon trail run. The trails are fast and mostly level, and there is also a 5 mile, 10 mile, half marathon and a 50K.
If you're in the mood for a trip to Eastern Washington, this marathon is a USATF certified, Boston qualifier that goes through Richland, Kennewick and Pasco and crosses the Columbia River four times. The entire course is along the river, too.
The Spokane Marathon prides itself on a beautiful course, starting in downtown Spokane and leading out of town where runners will see plenty of fall leaves. The course includes both paved streets and trails, neighborhoods and rural areas.
Walla Walla Marathon
This race starts and finishes at Pioneer Park in Walla Walla. The course is a paved, two-loop course with gentle elevation gains and losses.
Bellingham Trail Marathon
If you want a marathon that will give you a workout, this one will do it, with plenty of tough climbs, totaling about 5,000 feet. The course starts at Padden Park Trail in Bellingham, and also includes Chuckanut Mountain Trail, Hemlock Trail, Lost Lake Trail, Black Diamond Trail.
Got a Thanksgiving meal to burn off? Head for the Wattle Waddle. The race starts and finishes at Gas Works Park in Seattle, and then follows the Burke-Gilman Trail. The course is paved and flat, and crosses streets and traffic is not stopped.
The Seattle Marathon is the largest marathon in the Northwest and one of the largest in the country with about 15,000 runners. There's both a marathon and half marathon The course starts in hilly downtown Seattle and includes going along Lake Washington, crossing over the lake on the I-90 floating bridge and a loop through Seward Park. The course is USATF and RRCA certified and can be a Boston qualifier.
Ghost of Seattle Marathon 500
The Ghost of Seattle Marathon has a limit to how many people can run, so if you want to join in, don't hesitate to sign up. Once the race is full, no further entrants are accepted. The course follows along Lake Washington with water views the entire way and is a USATF certified, Boston qualifier. The course is mostly flat.