Flat and fast rural course through the Skagit Valley. The marathon is a Boston qualifier with a certification course number of USATF # WA08030MW. The half marathon is also certified with a course number of USATF # WA08029MW. Race start is on Victoria Street on the south side of Burlington Edison High School. The marathon and 1/2 marathon are run on rural roads through the Skagit Valley farmlands to the entrance of Samish Island (see course map for exact route) and finishes on the Burlington-Edison High School track. The course will be clearly marked and monitors will be at all intersections. Due to course restrictions, participants must finish within 6 hours. The course closes at 2:00 pm.
Start on Victoria Street just west of the gym and make a left on Norris street. Continue under I-5. At the stop sign take a right and then in about 1 mile take a right on Pulver. Go straight through the next stop sign at Josh Wilson and then make a left on Maiben. Right on Avon-Allen, then a left on Benson. The turn around for the half marathon is about 2 miles down Benson. The marathon continues towards Samish Island via T-Loop Road, D’Arcy Road and Bay View-Edison Road. The turn around for the marathon is on Samish Island Road. After you turn around you will follow the course back the way you came. When you get back to the starting line, you will make a left and run between the gym and track and onto the track.
The course will be open for 6 hours. All participants must finish the race in 6 hours. Runners and walkers who have not finished by 2:00 pm will be responsible for their own saftey. Early starts are not allowed. Participants receiving support from bicyclists, unregistered runners or unofficial vehicles will be disqualified.
There will be 8 manned water stations, with 7 of them serving runners out and back (for a total of 15 stops for the entire marathon course). There will be an extra aid station near the end of the marathon course at mile 25.5 that will only be open on the return for marathoners. The stations will be manned by local cross country teams. Water, Gu Brew, pretzels, oranges, kettle chips, watermelon and Succeed S-Caps will be available at all stations. Gu Energy Gel will be available at aid stations 4 and 6 (marathon mile markers 6, 9.75, 16.25 and 20).
The approximate positions of the aid stations for the marathon course are as follows: 1.5 miles, 2.25 miles, 3.75 miles, 6 miles (Gu gel available), 8.25 miles, 9.75 miles (Gu gel available), 11.75 miles, 14.25 miles, 16.25 miles (Gu gel available), 17.75 miles, 20 miles (Gu gel available), 22.25 miles, 23.75 miles, 24.5 miles, 25.5 miles.
We will have a porta potty at all 7 aid stations, except for the extra aid station at mile 25.5.
Two EMTs and ten volunteers with blister kits will be riding the course with cell phones. Cell phones will be located at every water station.