Race Preview: 2015 Yakima River Canyon Marathon

Along Highway 821 in the Spokane District of Washington, lies the gentle Yakima River. Moving through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills, you'll catch glimpses of rich wildlife and plant communities. This magnificent landscape will be the backdrop for this year's Yakima River Canyon Marathon.

Photo taken from BLM.gov

This exceptionally scenic, point by point marathon course starts on Canyon Road, .2 mile south of the Berry Road intersection in Ellensburg, Washington. After two loops, it proceeds directly south to the canyon. There are two major hills and many curves as the course follows the Yakima River downstream on the asphalt surfaced highway. The long downhill just before the finish in rural Selah, Washington, near the canyon’s mouth contributes to the net elevation loss of a few hundred feet as it brings the runners to the Yakima Valley orchard and ranch country.

The race will have a well-known guest speaker at the post-race Pasta Feed as well. Martin Rudow, who only recently retired as editor and publisher of the Northwest Runner magazine, as well as a fellow runner for 55 years, will be on hand to share a lot of great stories, including the history of the Yakima River Canyon Marathon.

The course will be open for 7 hours. Runners and walkers who have not finished by 3:00 p.m. will be responsible for their own safety. If you feel you will need additional time, earlier starts are allowed with special permission. Sorry parents, no strollers or bicycles will be allowed on the course. If you have items that you wish to be with you at the finish line, they may be left at the designated vehicle in front of the Days Inn on race morning before 7:45 a.m.

Massages WILL be available after the race for a nominal fee. Why not head home after a great marathon feeling relaxed and pampered.

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the first five finishers in the age divisions (male and female 19 and under, then five-year increments to 85+). All entrants will receive a T-shirt, and all finishers will receive a finisher’s medal

Take advantage of this beautiful spring marathon while the temperatures are ideal for running!

When: March 28th at 8 am

Cost: $80

Register: Online here 

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