"I can't believe how good this course felt. It was so gradual it never felt like I was running downhill. It just felt like I was having a REALLY FAST long run day". -Dave
USATF Cert #: WA15001LB
Jack & Jill's Downhill Marathon is a fast gentle downhill course on one of Washington's most scenic trails. North Bend, WA is located just 31 miles east of Seattle. Runners are bused to Hyak from North Bend. After you pass through the Snoqualmie Tunnel, you can enjoy the next 23 miles down a gradual 2000 foot net drop down the John Wayne Trail on a hard-packed, shaded dirt/gravel road. "YES" you will be able to use your finish time to qualify for Boston or chalk up a new PR. Either way, this 26.2 mile journey is breathtakingly beautiful and sure to be a favorite.
The Snoqualmie Tunnel is in the beginning of the race. It is cold and damp and the perfect feel at the start of a race on a summer day. It's the coolest part of the whole race. Don't forget your headlamp or flashlight. If you don't want to run the whole way with your headlamp or flashlight, volunteers will be waiting outside the end of the tunnel on your right where you can any equipment you don't want to run with.
The John Wayne Trail is as picturesque from start to finish. Share the oxygen with the trees as you cruise down this breath-taking trail/road. The only incline will be at mile 8. It's about a 15 foot incline. Yep...that's it! NOTE: this course course is NOT technical and the trail is an old railroad that is an even dirt and gravel road.
HEADLAMP or FLASHLIGHT and NON-MINIMALIST RUNNING SHOE: Because this course is on a gravel road we suggest that you do not even attempt to run barefoot. Minimalist shoes are 'questionable'. There are many light-weight trail shoes and many road shoes that are fine on this course. You will also need a headlamp or flashlight in the tunnel. You can drop your light at the end of the tunnel and pick up after the race.
JULY 28-29, 2018
North Bend, WA
RACE START TIME: 6:30AM
JULY 28-29, 2018
North Bend, WA
RACE START TIME: 6:30AM
I'm a believer, Jack and Jill! I ran this course and never felt the pounding on my quads that downhill usually does. I felt so fast. Was it the downhill? The oxygen from the trees? Was it the beauty of the mountains? Don't know. Just coming back every year" -Maria
USATF Cert #: WA15002LB
Jack & Jill's Downhill Marathon offers the same fast course for the Jack and Jill Downhill Half Marathon. The half is a point to point course and the course begins at the halfway mark of the marathon course. Runners will run the bottom half of the marathon course with an 1100 foot net drop from start to finish. The half course is USATF certified and valid as a NY qualifier.
Half Marathon runners will be bused from the finish area (the same finish area as the full marathoners) to the half marathon bus drop. Buses will drop runners at the bottom of the Garcia trail and runners will need to hike up a one mile trail/road to the start area. Trust us...this half marathon is worth the hike!
Half Marathon runners will be bused from the finish area in separate buses and dropped at the halfway point of the full marathon. Buses will drop runners at the bottom of a trail where RUNNERS WILL NEED TO WALK 1 mile up a scenic dirt road to the start. Don't worry, it's not that bad, plus...it's a great warm up to the start and worth every step!
Half Marathoners will enjoy the same downhill drop along the 2nd half of the full marathon. Runners will NOT run through the Snoqualmie Tunnel since it is in the beginning of the marathon course, however the second half of the race is just as scenic and beautiful and the first half.
Because this course is on a gravel road we suggest that you do not even attempt to run barefoot or run in minimalist shoes. There are many light-weight trail shoes and many road shoes that will work fine on this course. Since you will not be passing through the tunnel, you do not need a headlamp or flashlight as the full marathoners do.
IRON HORSE HALF MARATHON on August 28, 2016 and is an alternate half marathon that is still open. This is an inaugural Half Marathon and is similar to Jack and Jill's Half Marathon course along the John Wayne Trail and offers the same beautiful scenic course. If you are looking to run only the half marathon, please consider IRON HORSE HALF MARATHON
Every race should inspire the heart and soul the way Washington does.
Every race should inspire the heart and soul the way Washington does.
"Well organized. Great scenic course with a slight gradual downhill to keep one's rhythm and pace going nicely". -FRANK G (Portland, OR)
If you cannot pick your bib up at bib pick up, you should choose to pay thefee to pick up your bib on race morning at the parking lot at TOLLGATE PARK. If you choose to pick up your bib at bus pick up parking lot TOLLGATE PARK, you can get you race bag, bib. Your shirt will be available AFTER you cross the finish line.
NOTE: BUSES ARE "NOT" PICKING UP RUNNERS AT THE FINISH LINE PRE-RACE. SEE BELOW FOR PARKING AND BUS TRANSPORTATION TO THE START. Buses WILL shuttle runners to the parking lot, post race:
FINISH LINE ADDRESS: 44701 SE NORTH BEND WAY, North Bend WA 98045 (No pre-race bus pick up from this location)
DEFERING TO A DIFFERENT RACE:
PARKING NEAR THE FINISH: Buses and pre-race bus transportation is provided to the start FOR THE FULL AND THE HALF MARATHON particiapant ONLY from
TOLLGATE PARK: 1300 W. NORTH BEND WAY, NORTH BEND WA 98045
Parking lot is 2 miles from the finish line. The finish line ends at 44701 SE North Bend Way, North Bend WA 98045.
Bus transportation is provided from the finish area to the parking lot from 8am - 12:30pm
First bus for the FULL leaves at: 4:05am, Last bus for the FULL departs at 5:15am. YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED A BUS TIME ON YOUR BIB. You may not get on a later bus than what is printed on your bib, but you can get on an earlier bus. If you choose to ride an earlier bus, you do not need to send an email. You can just show up early.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming in from Issaquah, give yourself at least 40 minutes to drive and park.
You will be assigned a bus boarding time with the first bus leaving at 4:30am and the last bus leaving at 5:30am.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO DRIVE TO THE START OF THE HALF OR THE FULL MARATHON, PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO BUS TRANSPORTATION AFTER THE RACE BACK TO EITHER STARTING AREA.
PARKING AT THE START FOR THE FULL MARATHON: The start line is at Hyak Parking Lot, Snoqualmie Pass, WA. There is parking available at the start however there is no bus transportation after the race back to the start. There is also a minimal parking fee at the Hyak park as well.
Directions from North Bend to the Full Marathon start: Take I-90E for 24 miles, Take exit 54 toward Hyak, Gold Cr. 0.3miles turn right toward Hyak, 150ft Turn left onto WA-906 and continue 1 mile to parking lot.
PARKING AT THE START FOR THE HALF MARATHON: The start line for the half marathon is located at SE Homestead Valley Rd., North Bend, WA 98045. There is limited parking available however there is no bus transportation after the race back to the half start.
Directions from North Bend to the Half Marathon start: Take I-90 E, Take Exit 38 toward State Patrol Fire Training Academy. Turn right onto SE Homestead Valley Rd and drive 1.75 miles. You will need to park along SE Homestead Valley Rd and hike up the 1 mile trail to the start.
Share a ride to Jack & Jill's parking area before the start and a ride back to your hotel with fellow runners, it's a great way to meet great people, split the costs of travel, and keep our wonderful mountain green! CLICK HERE for details
Nearest airpot: Seattle (SEATAC), WA
The finish line for the race is in North Bend WA which is located 31 miles east of Seattle WA. North Bend has limited hotel accommodations so we recommend hotels anywhere between Seattle to Issaquah (see TRAVEL INFO). You may also need to rent a car if you are from out of town or try the ride share program with OPENRIDE listed above. UBER is also an option.
12 aid stations will be provided along the course placed approximately 2 miles apart. Aid stations are labeled A-L. All aid stations will be staffed and have water. GATORADE and WATER will be provided at aid stations C, D, E, F, H, I, J, K. Aid stations A, B, G and L will have WATER ONLY. Each aid station will be equipped with a first aid kit and Medics will be at mile 13 and mobile on the course
Your friends and loved ones can track you on the course. You will get live text updates for the MARATHON: Start line, 7 mile, 13.1 mile, 21 mile and Finish:
HALF MARATHON tracking is Start, 8 mile and Finish:
NOTE: The tracking mats are CELL SERVICE sensitive. Due to the area, some mats may be placed a little off each mile marker depending on available cell service.
This race has a 6 1/2 hour time limit. That equates to a 15 minute mile. If you do not feel you can finish the race in the allotted time you may want to refrain from registering for this event. We do understand that things can happen on the course. There will be a sweeper on the course to pick up anybody who is unable to finish. If it is a non-emergency, please note there may be a delay in getting to the finish.
FRIDAY, JULY 27: Bib Pick up (11AM - 6PM)
SATURDAY, JULY 28: Bib Pick up (3pm - 7pm)
SATURDAY, JULY 28 -and- SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018
Race medals are collected at the finish line.
"Beast Pacing" will provide pacers for the full marathon. In addition, we will provide pace bands to wear around your wrist. Pacers and Pace bands will range in 2:50 - 4:30 marathon times. After you pass through the tunnel, your Garmin may not readjust to the correct distance but your time, obviously, will be correct. Pace bands will be provided at the expo.
Age category awards will be given to the following to the top 3 places in each age category for both male and female:
You must pick up all awards after the race on race day ONLY. Award medals will not be mailed out after the event. All awards can be claimed at the Awards tent after results are posted on race day.
Bikes are allowed on the course. If you have someone that would like to bring a bike on the bus, we do allow riders on the bus with bikes for a minimal fee. Limited to 20 cyclists on the buses. NOTE: Bikes on the course ARE NOT allowed to cross over the start and finish timing mats. Bikes at the start will be allowed to travel through the tunnel in the start of the race, in front of the timing mat before the race starts or after the last runner. Upon approaching the finish, cyclist will be directed around the finish line.
Bag drop will be available before the race. You can use the race bag provided or any personal bag provided your bag cinches closed and tight. You must use the provided tear-off tag on your bib and attach it to your bag. Please do not use gear check for valuables such as your cell phone, or jewelry, as we cannot be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Medical and EMT's will be positioned at the 13 mile mark of the marathon (start of the half marathon) and at the finish. Medical will have ATV's along the course in case of medical emergencies.
Portable Toilets along the course are very limited. Because there is limited access to the trail, it is next to impossible to get portable toilets along the entire course and at every aid station. There are toilets permanently located at the following locations: Mile 3, 9, 11.5 and at mile 21. We will also have portable toilets brought in at Mile 13, (the half start) and of course, the start at Hyak and the finish
We know you register for allot of events or perhaps you misplaced your registration confirmation. Click the button below to see if you are registered for 2018 or to confirm your registration. If you are on the list, you do not need to print anything to bring with you to the expo. You ONLY need to bring your ID.
Per industry standard, entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE Entry fees CAN be DEFERRED to another year for an additional fee and provided it is done by July 15, 2019. Name transfers are permitted provided it is done by July 1, 2019. Sorry, no exceptions this year. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate.