Racing and vacationing? You CAN have both.
It’s called a runcation—a trip that incudes running a race.
Home to a very active running community, naturally Tacoma and the South Sound knows how to host the right spread of running events (with fun ways to rack up your miles)!
Take your pick of scenery, from sweeping views of Mount Rainier to the salty Salish Sea. Why run on a treadmill when we have these backdrops?
Casual runner? That’s cool. Ultramarathoner? We’ve got you covered too. Bring your favorite shoes and start living the sweat life.
Run like the Mountain is out:
- July 20: B&O Half Marathon & 10K
Run with uninterrupted views of Mount Rainier for the Buckley and Orting Half Marathon & 10K. Follow the course as it weaves through the Foothills Trail, a historic railroad bed repurposed for public use. The course also has a slight downhill grade—perfect for a first-time marathoner.
- July 27: White River 50-Mile Endurance Race
This classic Pacific Northwest race is not for the faint of heart. 50 miles in the shadow of Mount Rainier, 17,400 feet total elevation change and elite competition. You have to love the grind to love this race. And after 26 years, the White River 50 is a perennial favorite. Registration closes July 19.
Challenge in the City:
- August 4: Unleashed at Stadium Bowl
This isn’t your typical race, but a recipe for quivering legs. Participants run the Stadium Bowl, running up one staircase and down the other, for a total of 1,628 steps. The grittiest race for the Grit City. Take the challenge and join the competitive timed event or walk (untimed), all with 360-degree views of Commencement Bay and historic Stadium High. Proceeds go to the rescue animals of Kindred Souls Foundation.
Run with the Salish Sea:
- August 10: Galloping Gertie Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
Why walk on water when you can run? Race over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge nicknamed “Galloping Gertie” after the bridge buckled and collapsed in 1940. The course is much sturdier (as is the new bridge) and starts/finishes at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. That’s right: you cross the bridge twice in one race!
- August 28: Thirsty Summer Nights
Run and relax with this family-friendly twilight race. The simple 5K course at Titlow Park follows the shoreline of the Salish Sea, with views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. After the race, rest up with a root beer float and live music.
More Races to Mark Your Calendar:
- July 20: Freedom Run 10K, 5K, 1K
- August 3: Orting Summerfest Half Marathon
- August 17: Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon & Relay
- August 23-24: Ragnar Trail Rainier
- August 31: Run the Puyallup
- September 21: Tehaleh Trail Half Marathon
Banner photo courtesy of Glenn Tachiyama