Yakima River Canyon Marathon & Half-Marathon
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019
Marathon Start Time: 8:00 a.m. (course closes at 3:00pm)
Half-Marathon Start Time: 9:30 a.m. (course closes at 3:00pm)
(both events are USAT&F Certified. See Certifications below)
RACE HEADQUARTERS: Selah Civic Center, 216 South First Street, Selah, Washington.
CLICK HERE FOR MAP AND DIRECTIONS
ABOUT THE EVENT - A RUNNER TESTIMONIAL
A marathon that you really should consider for the whole weekend’s experience is the Yakima River Canyon. It simply beats any other marathon experience PERIOD. At the end of the carbo loading dinner the night before, everyone know everyone. Getting on the buses and on the beautiful course the next morning it’s old home week with new friends. At the afternoon baked potato salad bar awards dinner it is simply a hoot. I always stay two nights.
If not ready for a marathon, who cares? There are many, many slow runners and walkers and they are as well embraced, perhaps more so, than the front runners.
You’ll rub elbows with many wide-eyed first timers and many knurly veterans that will astound middle of the packers, back of the packers, all equals at the end of the day.
Well, that’s my take, other locals and those who travel across the country each year and don’t need another WA State feel the same. COOL!
Thanks….Jim Boyd, Aberdeen, WA
ACTIVITIES AT RACE HEADQUARTERS:
- FRIDAY, MARCH 29th:
• Packet Pickup and Late Registration – 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• 100 Marathon Club Reunion Meeting – 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Pasta Feed – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Adults $10.00 – Children $5.00)
- SATURDAY, MARCH 30th:
• Shuttle Bus Service to Ellensburg Start Line (Early Start) – 5:00 a.m.
• Marathon Shuttle Bus Service to Ellensburg Days Inn – 6:00 a.m..
(Packet Pickup for Marathon 6:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. – Ellensburg Days Inn Conference Building)
• Half Marathon Shuttle Bus Service to Start Line – 8:00 a.m.
(Packet Pickup for Half-Marathon 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Selah Civic Center)
• Shuttle Bus Service from Finish area to the Selah Civic Center and the Best Western Ahtanum Inn between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
• Shuttle Bus Service to Ellensburg – At 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. from finish area.
• Awards Ceremony/Meal – Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. followed by a baked potato and prize drawings for those in attendance. One ticket for the meal will be included in the entry fee. Athletes are encouraged to purchase additional guest tickets for friends and family when registering. Limited extra tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.
ENTRY FEE (both events): $80.00 until 2/28/19. The fee will be $95.00 after that date. Note: The Half-Marathon is capped at 200.
Entry Includes: The (Non-Refundable) Entry includes T-shirt, race-day transportation (if needed), finisher medal, one awards ceremony/meal ticket, chance for drawing prize and a finisher’s certificate.
REGISTRATION & PACKET PICKUP:
REGISTER ONLINE (No mail-in registrations accepted):
Marathon – Click Here
Half-Marathon – Click Here
Marathon: Click Here
Half-Marathon: Click Here
PACKET PICKUP at the Race Headquarters:
Friday, March 29 – 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Selah Civic Center
Saturday, March 30 – Half-Marathon Only – 6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Selah Civic Center
Saturday, March 30 – Marathon Only – 6:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. – Ellensburg Days Inn Conference Building
SPECIAL NOTE: NO Day of Race Registration
COURSE RECORDS, CERTIFICATIONS, MAPS & DESCRIPTIONS:
- COURSE RECORDS (Marathon & Half-Marathon) – Click Here
- COURSE USAT&F CERTIFICATIONS
Marathon – Click Here
Half-Marathon – Click Here
MARATHON RACE START
Use Exit 109 from I-90. Go south past the Buzz Inn and Flying J Truck Plaza. Take the first left onto Berry Road…to the race start headquarters at the Days Inn, 901 Berry Road. The starting line is on Canyon Road .2 mile south of the Berry Road intersection. (see map) For safety reasons running in the right lane is recommended, but not mandatory.
MARATHON COURSE DESCRIPTION: This point-to-point Marathon course is exceptionally scenic as it offers spectacular views of the Yakima River Canyon. It 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.
Aid stations will be located every 2-3 miles to provide water, Powerade, and medical aid of band-aids and petroleum jelly. Medical personnel and restrooms will be available throughout the race.
Use exit 26 from I-82. Take Highway 821 north about 3 miles. (see map)
There will be bus transportation from the finish area to the Selah Civic Center and to the Best Western Ahtanum Inn.
The course will be open for 7 hours. Runners and walkers who have not finished by 3:00 p.m. will be given rides to the finish area. Early starts are allowed only with special permission. Only official and local vehicles are allowed on the race course. Spectators may view the race at the start, finish, and Thrall Road intersection with Canyon Road. There are no accessible intersections in the canyon. No bicycles or baby joggers are allowed on the course.
HALF-MARATHON RACE START TIME & LOCATION:
The 9:30 a.m. start is at the 13.1 mile marker of the Marathon. All participants will be bused to the start. At 8:00 a.m. three buses will leave the Selah Civic Center, 216 South First Street, Selah, WA and one will leave from the Best Western Ahtanum Inn, 2408 Rudkin Road, Yakima, WA. There will be no early starts.
HALF-MARATHON COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Half-Marathon course will start at the 13.1-Mile mark of the Marathon Course for a point-to-point. The course is exceptionally scenic as it offers spectacular views of the Yakima River Canyon. The Half Marathon will be and Participants will be bused to the start (no need to reserve bus). Three buses will leave the Civic Center at 8:00 a.m. for the starting area, and one bus will leave the Best Western Ahtanum Inn (2408 Rudkin Road, Yakima) at 8:00 a.m. SPECIAL NOTE: Capped at 200. NO EARLY START
Personal Gear to be taken to the Finish Area:
Drop bags may be left on a designated bus at the start.
The course will close at 3:00 p.m.
MARATHON – Buses will leave at 6:00 a.m. from the Selah Civic Center and the Best Western Ahtanum Inn to take participants to the Days Inn gathering area in Ellensburg.
HALF-MARATHON – Buses will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the Selah Civic Center and the Best Western Ahtanum Inn for the starting line in Ellensburg.
AWARDS & DIVISIONS:
Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the first three 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.
INDIVIDUAL AGE DIVISIONS
Individuals: 19 years & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 & over.
GUEST SPEAKER AT THE FRIDAY NIGHT PASTA FEED
Jeff Hagen, noted ultramarathoner and inspirational speaker.
Jeff Hagen has been running ultramarathons for 40 years. To date he has completed 109 ultras, for a total of more than 10,000 ultramarathon race miles. Jeff prefers running the longer ultras, and more than half of his races have been in the 100-mile to 220-mile range. Jeff is known for his low-key approach to ultrarunning, which he has described in numerous articles written for UltraRunning Magazine. This approach promotes the idea that it is possible to run ultras on low training mileage, which enables runners to maintain balance in their lives. The key is a finely-tuned race strategy aimed at starting slowly and finishing with a powerful kick. This approach was necessary to enable Jeff to run ultras while pursuing a career as a dentist in the Indian Health Service and raising two daughters with his wife Joyce. Jeff has also written a series of five feature articles for Marathon and Beyond Magazine on race strategy for 50-mile, 24-hour, and 48-hour events, as well as articles on why masters runners are especially well-suited for ultramarathons. Although he started running ultras just to finish, Jeff discovered that his low-key approach was so effective that he actually began to win races. When he was in his early 50s, he entered twelve 24-hour races, finishing first overall in 11 of them. Over the years Jeff has also broken 10 American age-group records, including a string of 6 records in less than one year after reaching age 55. Jeff set his most recent record four years ago when he ran 179.6 miles to break the American 48-hour record for ages 65 and older, a record that still stands. The topic for Jeff’s presentation is “The Power of the Mind in Ultramarathoning and Life.” It has been said that ultramarathoning is 20% physical and 80% mental, especially in events of 100 miles or longer. Jeff will provide his perspective on the power of the mind as it applies to running races and dealing with adversity in our lives.
September 2017 Update:
On Sept. 16-17, 2017, Jeff ran his 110th ultramarathon at the North Coast 24-Hour Endurance Run in Cleveland, Ohio. This race was designated as the 2017 USA Track and Field National Championship 24-Hour Race. Jeff finished the race with 110.19 miles, which was a new American record for the 70-74 age group. He also reached the 100-mile point in 21:54:04, which was also a new American age group record. At age 70 Jeff finished 8th overall and 4th American male overall in a field of 131 runners. According to Jeff the keys for success were maintaining a consistent pace throughout the race and world class crewing from his wife Joyce.
January 2018 Update:
On Dec. 30, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018, Jeff ran his 111th ultramarathon at the Across the Years 48-Hour Race in Glendale, AZ. Jeff finished the race with 170.47 miles for 3rd place overall in a field of 85 runners. His mileage total exceeded the existing American record for the 70-74 age group by 19 miles. At the awards ceremony he was also surprised to hear that he had set a new International Association of Ultrarunners World Best Performance for the 70-74 age group, surpassing the previous world record by 13 miles. Once again Jeff says he couldn’t have done it without Joyce’s awesome crewing support.
LODGING, ACCOMMODATIONS & WEATHER:
Sun Country Inn, 1700 N. 1st Street, 1-800-559-3675
Best Western Ahtanum Inn, 2408 Rudkin Rd., 1-800-348-9701*
*There will be race day bus service from the Best Western Ahtanum Inn to the starting areas and from the finish area
*Marathon Bus-6:00a.m. Half Marathon Bus-8:00a.m.
Days Inn, 901 Berry Road, 1-888-889-9870
Comfort Inn, 1722 Canyon Road, (509)925-7037
Ellensburg Quality Inn, 1700 Canyon Road, 1-800-321-8791
For April 7, the average low temperature is 30 degrees and the average high is 55 degrees.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARCHIVED RESULTS – YEARS 2001 – 2017
THE GREAT RACE AND DEDICATED RACE DIRECTORS - RACE REVIEWS
TEAM DOLPHIN BOSTON MARATHON FUND
The Team Dolphin Boston Marathon Fund was established by the five children of Bob and Lenore Dolphin, co-directors of the Yakima River Canyon Marathon (YRCM), in honor of Bob’s 400th marathon/ultra run at the YRCM on March 31, 2007. A minimum amount of $400.00 is shared annually by a male and a female runner who have qualified for Boston at the previous year’s YRCM, and preference is given to those who have never run at Boston.
There is a link to the websites of the Marathon Maniacs, 100 Marathon Club North America, Hard Core Runners Club etc. to publicize this fund and the opportunity it presents for applicants and contributors.
Contributions from supporters are held in a bank savings account under the control of the treasurer of the Yakima River Canyon Marathon and the president of the Hard Core Runners Club. Members of the YRCM committee assist these two people in selecting the individuals who will receive the award. The checks are presented after the designated winners provide a copy of the confirmation of the race entry indicating registration and acceptance of the next Boston Marathon by the Boston Athletic Association.
Criteria for the committee to consider in making the selection:
- Role model, race director, club officer, volunteer etc.
- Someone who had to train hard to qualify.
- Have never run a Boston Marathon before.
OUR VALUED SPONSORS
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Contact: Race Directors – Bob and Lenore Dolphin
Phone: (509) 966-0188