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THE MARATHON


RACE DATES:  SAT. JULY 29 & SUN. JULY 30, 2017

REGISTRATION FOR 2017 WILL OPEN ON NOVEMBER 1, 2016 @ 6am PST

20% of those who ran Jack and Jill Marathon in 2015, qualified to register for Boston

20% of those who ran in 2016 qualified to register for Boston,

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THE MARATHON


RACE DATES:  SAT. JULY 29 & SUN. JULY 30, 2017

REGISTRATION FOR 2017 WILL OPEN ON NOVEMBER 1, 2016 @ 6am PST

20% of those who ran Jack and Jill Marathon in 2015, qualified to register for Boston

20% of those who ran in 2016 qualified to register for Boston,


"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

The full marathon

A BOSTON QUALIFIER

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 tunnel

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 COURSE

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. 

THE GEAR

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.

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Half-Marathon


JULY 29-30, 2017

North Bend, WA

RACE REGISTRATION FOR 2017 OPENS NOVEMBER 1, 2016 @ 6AM PST

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Half-Marathon


JULY 29-30, 2017

North Bend, WA

RACE REGISTRATION FOR 2017 OPENS NOVEMBER 1, 2016 @ 6AM PST

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

The HALF marathon

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!

The DROP OFF

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!

 

The COURSE

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.

THE GEAR

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

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Race INFO


Every race should inspire the heart and soul the way Washington does.

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Race INFO


Every race should inspire the heart and soul the way Washington does.

BIB PICK UP                                                       

Friday, July 28 from 11am - 6pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 3pm - 7pm

NIKE FACTORY STORE                                                                                         Address:  661 S Fork Ave SW, North Bend, WA 98045

If you cannot pick your bib up at bib pick up, you should choose to pay the mailing fee and have your bib mailed to you.  All bibs/timing chips will be mailed before 7/1/17.  Option to have your bib mailed must be done by 6/1/17.  No exceptions.  If you choose to have your bib/timing chip mailed, your shirt and race bag can be picked up at the finish line.

PARKING, DIRECTIONS & BUS TRANSPORATION

PARKING AT THE FINISH:  Buses and pre-race bus transportation is provided to the start FOR THE FULL AND THE HALF MARATHON from 44701 SE North Bend Way., North Bend WA this address is also the address for the finish line.  The finish line ends near the parking area.

BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR THE MARATHON

Buses will depart from 44701 SE North Bend Way., North Bend WA

First bus for the FULL leaves at: 4:50am,  Last bus for the FULL departs at 6:20am.  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. 

BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR THE HALF

Buses will depart from 44701 SE North Bend Way., North Bend WA

You will be assigned a bus boarding time with the first bus leaving at 4:50am and the last bus leaving at 6:20am.


PARKING AT THE START

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. 


RIDESHARE

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

Where is north bend?

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.

FINISH LINE AND BUS PICK UP in NORTH BEND WA:  North Bend WA is located approximately 31 Miles (30 minutes) from Seattle.  The address for the finish line and bus pick up is 44701 SE North Bend Way., North Bend WA

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO PARKING:  From I-90 ... exit 436th SE and turn North for 1/2 mile... turn Right on SE North Bend Way.  Dirt lot 3/4 mile on right-hand side.

BAG DROP

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.

AID STATIONS

11 aid stations will be provided along the course placed approximately 2 miles apart.  All aid stations will be staffed and have water.  Gatorade and water will be provided at aid stations 3 - 10.  Each aid station will be equipped with a first aid kit and Medics will be at miles 8 and 16. 

RACE SCHEDULE

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 28:  Bib Pick up  (11AM - 6PM)

SATURDAY, JULY 29:  Bib Pick up(3pm - 7pm)                                             

  • NIKE FACTORY STORE                                                                               661 S Fork Ave SW, North Bend, WA 98045

SATURDAY,  JULY 29 -and- SUNDAY JULY 30

  • 4:15am:  Parking lot on SE North Bend Way opens
  • 4:45am - 5:15am:  Bus transportation to FULL MARATHON start
  • 4:45am - 5:15am:  Bus transportation to HALF MARATHON start
  • 6:30am:  Race starts for both the half and the full
  • 9:30am: Age category awards can be collected at results tent
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm:  Finish line festivities
  • 2:00pm:  Race timing shuts down

Race medals are collected at the finish line. 

PACE team:

"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.

Every participant will receive: 

  1. Bus transportation to the start from North Bend
  2. Race bib, timing chip, and pace band
  3. Custom water-wicking race shirt
  4. Custom race bag with swag
  5. Race Medal (after you cross the finish)

AGE CATEGORY AWARDS: 

Age category awards will be given to the following to the top 3 places in each age category for both male and female:

  • 24 & under
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70 & over

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 ON THE COURSE

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.

MEDICAL & TOILETS ON COURSE:

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

Check to see if you are registered:

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 2016 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.

2017 Cancellation Policy

Per industry standard, entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE.  Entry fees CAN be DEFERRED to another year for an additional fee and provided it is done by July 15, 2017.  Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else.