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Seattle Marathon

Seattle, WA

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, November 26, 2017
2016: Sunday, November 27, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 41°F (5°C)
Average High: 46°F (7°C)
Average Low: 36° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.87
Course Score: 98.87

Race Size

2016: 1,599 Finishers
2015: 1,719 Finishers
2014: 1,869 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 10.4%
2015: 8.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Seattle Marathon course is moderately hilly with long stretches of flat between miles 8 and 19. The final climb starts around mile 19 and continues until mile 23. Once you reach the top, it is mostly downhill to the finish.

Marathon Rankings

The Seattle Marathon was the 56th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 56th largest in 2015.

Last year 10.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Seattle Marathon the 197th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 253rd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.87 ranks it as the 205th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 15th fastest course in Washington.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Seattle Marathon a PR Score of 98.87. This PR Score ranks it as the 148th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 13th fastest in Washington.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 192 feet (58m)
Min Elevation: 17 feet (5m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Seattle Marathon

4.8 Stars from 4 Reviews

review of 2016 Seattle Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Although the half marathon has thousands of runners, the full marathon has about 1500. It's a local race on a beautiful course, historic.

Race Tips

The first half has some significant hills coming to the express lanes and the ends of the I-90 bridge. This may not be relevant in the future since the course will change because of light rail construction. Miles 18-23 have substantial extended and rolling hills. Weather is very variable in late November, be prepared for sub-freezing weather, driving rain, sun, but most likley overcast with drizzle.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

My running club, the Seattle Green Lake Running Group, provides the official pacers, and they are the nicest and most reliable pacers anywhere!

review of 2016 Seattle Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very well organized on the course. Lots of friendly volunteers along the route and plenty of rehydration stops. Lots of portable toilets. Pretty and challenging course. Good running conditions in 2016. Nice finish.

Recovery center was pretty lame. Warm but food/drink limited to water, bananas, dole fruit cups, cheap mini bagels with nothing to go in them, Darigold milk based protein drink, and believe it or not Folgers coffee packets (this is Seattle). The organizers should meet up with the Cascade Bike club (the organizers of the STP) to learn out how they look after participants at the rest stops

Not much fun walking up and down steps of Memorial Stadium to recover gear check - gear check could easily have fit into the recovery center building.

Expo okay but hard to find a volunteer who knows anything about the race.

Race Tips

Last 6 miles are tough

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you are running the marathon get there late after the half marathon crowds leave. Street parking is pretty easy a few blocks west of the Seattle center. Start does not use corrals which it just about gets away with.

review of 2016 Seattle Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The course was very pretty and I really enjoyed the atmosphere but the hills were much steeper than I had expected. They were small but steep!

Race Tips

I would certainly recommend running the first half slower than you want to because the hills on the second half of the course are brutal.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

It was a chilly morning but there was a great food court right by the start of the race full of runners. It was a good place to wait for the race to start.

review of 2015 Seattle Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I enjoy the view of the mountain in the distance and the challenge. There are some hills, but afterwards, I was pumped!

Race Tips

Don't exert all your energy early... hill at mile 17 and at the last 1/4 mile... the last one is like a surprise

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Don't take the monorail if you're staying at the Westin. It's easier to walk and plus it's a good warm up

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