Yakima River Canyon Marathon & Half Marathon 2023
Registration is now open for the 21th edition of the Yakima River Canyon Marathon and Half-Marathon on the “no-foolin’” date of April 1. Registration will be open until the last week of March.
This year, we intend to bring back the Friday night pasta feed and the Saturday evening potato feed, the latter of which is in conjunction with the awards ceremony. Those who do not attend the ceremony may pick up their awards immediately after the race.
We will enforce cut-off times this year. Those who feel that cannot complete the race comfortably in seven hours are urged to contact the race director and ask for the early start, which is two hours before the 8 a.m. regular start. We offer the early start for those anticipating they will be on the course for six-and-a-half hours or more, and the race director must approve your participation in the early start. Thank you for your understanding.
A reminder that after Feb. 28, the entry fee for the marathon and half-marathon will jump from $80 to $95. This is also a reminder that all registration is online only, and there will be no in-person registration on either race day or on the day before. Please note this change from the practice of previous years.
Also, if you decide to defer your entry to next year, the deadline for informing us is Feb. 28.
As in past years, entries will be capped at 200 in the half-marathon due to logistics involving bus transportation. At this point, we have no limit on marathon participants.
The past three years have tested everyone’s patience as we navigated through the pandemic. We appreciate your loyalty and patience as we work our way toward the April 1 race date. We look forward to seeing you then!
SATURDAY April 1st, 2023
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
ENTRY FEE (both events): $80.00 until 2/28/2023. From March 1, 2023 until midnight on April 1st, 2023, the fee will be $95. There will be no in-person registration on the day of the race.
Entry Includes: The (Non-Refundable) Entry includes T-shirt, race-day transportation (if needed), finisher medal, and a finisher’s certificate.
REGISTRATION & PACKET PICKUP:
REGISTER ONLINE (No mail-in registrations accepted):
click below to register
3-8 p.m Friday, March 31st. No in-person registration.
PACKET PICKUP at the Race Headquarters:
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 31: Packet pickup from 3-8 p.m. Pasta feed begins at 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1: Awards pickup begins at noon. Potato feed and awards ceremony begins at 4 p.m.
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.
Drop bags to go to the Finish Area may be left at the designated vehicle in front of the Days Inn on race morning before 7:45 a.m. Do not place cash or expensive items in the bags. The bags will be supervised, but we will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
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 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: 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.
All passengers will be required to wear masks while riding.
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 at the 13.1 mile marker of the half marathon.
AWARDS & DIVISIONS:
Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers and to the first three finishers in the age divisions (male & female 19 and under, then five year increments to 85+). All entrants will receive a T-shirt, and all finishers will receive a finishers medal.
LODGING, ACCOMMODATIONS & WEATHER:
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
The average low temperature this time of year is 29 degrees and the average high is 56 degrees.
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Phone: (509) 961-9769