Posted by: Joe English | February 20, 2009

Races — Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon Course Details Announced

rnr-seattle-logoSEATTLE — The Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon officially unveiled its race courses today for both the marathon and half marathon events, which are set to run from Tukwila to Seattle on Saturday, June 27, 2009.

According to Competitor Group, hosts of the event, the courses were formally approved by the City of Seattle Special Events committee last week, and will take in some of the region’s best-known landmarks, charming neighborhoods and urban attractions.

To download a high-resolution course map, click here.

“The Pacific Northwest has an incredibly dynamic running community and we are thrilled that Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle will soon be one of the region’s premiere outdoor events,” said Megan Young, Event Manager. “This is a brand new, world class event that will attract participants from across the country. We wanted a route that highlights the many extraordinary Northwest vistas, which will make this race memorable for all participants.”

Competitor Group also announced that early registration for the inaugural event has been strong, with almost 9,000 participants already entered for the marathon and half marathon. Seven national sponsors have signed on to partner with the event to include Cytomax, Garmin, MillerCoors’ MGD64, Oakley, New Balance, Nutrilite and Sugoi.

Course Details
The course start line village will be located in Tukwila, centrally located approximately 10 miles south of the region’s downtown core. The event will begin with an invitational elite wheelchair race at 6:50 a.m., followed by a simultaneous marathon and half-marathon start at 7:00 a.m.

Runners will venture through the streets of Tukwila for the first two miles of the course. The course makes a right at Cloverdale St and winds its way through the residential neighborhoods of Seward Park, Lakewood, Mt. Baker and Leschi. The course then heads down to Lake Washington Blvd. and Seward Park, running along the waterfront banks of Lake Washington from miles 6 through 10.

At mile 10 the course heads onto the flat and open section along the Interstate-90 express lanes. The route exits from I-90 at Airport Way, where the half marathon course splits from the marathon at 2nd Ave, less than a mile from the finish at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

The marathon course continues straight on 2nd Ave and proceeds to the Alaskan Way Viaduct, entering the Battery St tunnel and onto the Aurora Ave bridge overlooking Lake Union. The course turns around, heading south, offering breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the downtown skyline. The route loops back around to the West Seattle Bridge and continues northbound offering further vantage points of downtown Seattle heading to the finish. The course exits at the 1st Ave. on ramp with the finish line adjacent to the half marathon finish just outside of the stadium.

To view a more detailed turn-by-turn description, course map and elevation chart for the marathon or half-marathon routes, please visit

In addition to bands playing live music along each mile of the course, local cheerleading squads will line the route, cheering on participants while competing for cash and prizes in the Spirit on the Course competition.

Race entry fees for the half marathon and marathon will be $85 and $100 until February 28, 2009, when the prices will increase to $100 and $120, respectively.

For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle or to register for the event, please visit or call (800)311-1255.

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  1. […] UPDATE: Course details have now been announced. For more information on the Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon course, click here. […]

  2. It’s hilly, but not as bad as I had feared – I see from the elevation chart that the last 7 miles are basically flat.

  3. […] Races — Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon Course Details Announced […]

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