36th Skagit Flats Marathon & Half Marathon
Date of Event: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Starting Time: 8:00 am
Location: Burlington-Edison High School, 301 N Burlington Blvd,
Burlington, WA 98233
Directions to the starting area:
From I-5, take exit 231 and go south (you will be on Burlington Boulevard).
Burlington-Edison High School is about 1/3 of a mile on the right. Turn right
and park in the main parking lot. We ask that all participants park
in the main high school parking lot.
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We will be in need of volunteers to work out on the course for Skagit Flats. If you are available please contact the
Directions to the packet pickup location (Hampton Inn in Burlington):
From I-5 Northbound - Take Exit 229-George Hopper Rd. and turn right. Drive
.2 mile and turn right onto Burlington Blvd. Go half a block and the hotel parking
lot is on the left.
From I-5 Southbound - Take Exit 229-George Hopper Rd. and turn left over freeway.
Drive .2 mile and turn right onto Burlington Blvd. Go half a block and turn left
into the hotel parking lot.
Online at Databar Events (closes at midnight on 9/4/2013)
In store at Skagit Running Company in Mount Vernon and Fairhaven Runners in Bellingham
Print out and mail in registration form
Register at packet pickup at the Hampton Inn on Burlington Blvd. on Saturday, 9/7/2013
from 1 pm to 6 pm until the race reaches 1000 participants.
Entry Fees & Deadlines (fees include a mandatory 8.2% sales tax):
Full Marathon (6 hour limit):
Received by 6/29/2013 - $76
Received by 8/15/2013 - $87
8/16/2013 until packet pickup on 9/7/2013 - $103 (8/16-9/4 online)
There is no day of race registration!
Half Marathon (Run or walk):
Received by 6/29/2013 - $50
Received by 8/15/2013 - $55
8/16/2013 until packet pickup on 9/7/2013 - $65 (8/16-9/4 online)
There is no day of race registration!
$17- Extra shirt (Preregistered only)
Please note that all entry fees are non-refundable. There is a limit
of 1000 participants total. Once we reach the limit we will no longer accept any
All participants will receive a high quality technical T-shirt.
Shirt sizes are not guaranteed if registering after July 31 and ladies' sizes will
not be available after that date.
Official Marathon Lodging:
Burlington Hampton Inn & Suites
1860 S. Burlington Blvd.
Burlington, WA 98233-3226
Registration will be accepted during the packet pickup at the
Hampton Inn (1860 S. Burlington Blvd) in Burlington, on Saturday, September 7, from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can pick up race packets from 1 pm to
6 pm on Saturday. From I-5 use exit 229
(George Hopper Exit) and drive east to Burlington Blvd. Turn right on Burlington Blvd. Go about a half block and the hotel parking
lot will be on the left. Packets can also be picked up the morning of the marathon at Burlington-Edison High School starting at
6:30 am. Please pick up your packet the day prior to the race to avoid long lines the morning of the race.
Day of Race Packet Pickup:
Race packets can be picked up on the morning
of the race at Burlington-Edison High School from 6:30 am until 7:45 am.
Race switches from the full marathon to the half marathon must be completed before
the end of Saturday packet pickup at the latest. If you cannot make it to Saturday
packet pickup, email us before Friday
so that we can make a new bib number and assign a new chip. Switches from the half
marathon to the full marathon will need to be made at Saturday packet pickup since
the difference in race fees will need to be paid. Race switches of any kind ARE
NOT ALLOWED the morning of the race and will result in a disqualification. If you
know you are going to need to switch races, please let us know as soon as possible
to reduce the amount of work needed to prepare race packets.
Flat and fast rural course through the Skagit Valley. The marathon is a Boston qualifier with a certification course number of
USATF # WA08030MW. The half marathon is also
certified with a course number of USATF # WA08029MW. Race start is on Victoria
Street on the south side of Burlington Edison High School. The marathon and 1/2 marathon are run on rural roads through the
Skagit Valley farmlands to the entrance of Samish Island (see course map for exact route) and finishes on the Burlington-Edison
High School track. The course will be clearly marked and monitors will be at all intersections. Due to course restrictions,
participants must finish within 6 hours. The course closes at 2:00 pm.
Course Narrative and Map:
Start on Victoria Street
just west of the gym and make a left on Norris street. Continue under I-5. At the stop sign take a right and then in
about 1 mile take a right on Pulver. Go straight through the next stop sign at Josh Wilson and then make a left on
Maiben. Right on Avon-Allen, then a left on Benson. The turn around for the half marathon is about 2 miles down
Benson. The marathon continues
towards Samish Island via T-Loop Road, D'Arcy Road and Bay View-Edison Road. The
turn around for the marathon is on Samish Island Road. After you turn around you will
follow the course back the way you came. When you get back to the starting line, you will make a left and run between the gym and track
and onto the track. Please see the
course map for more details. Another map and elevation profile is available at the
USATF web site.
The course will be open for 6 hours. All participants must finish the race in 6
hours. Runners and walkers who have not finished by 2:00 pm will be responsible
for their own saftey. Early starts are not allowed. Participants receiving
support from bicyclists, unregistered runners or unofficial vehicles will be
All registrants will receive an IPICO timing chip that must be worn in order to be timed. NO CHIP NO TIME! The timing chip
must be properly secured to either shoe. If the runner carries the timing chip in his/her hand, fanny pack, etc.
the timing chip will not record a time. Fasten the timing chip with the tie-wrap provided securely to the shoe.
Timing chips are non-transferable and must be worn only by the participant to whom it is assigned. Do not cross the finish line
more than once. Do not lose your timing chip. Return the timing chip at the finish line. If you are not going to run the race
and just pick up your packet, give the timing chip to the registration volunteers. A $30 replacement fee will be charged
to participants who fail to return their timing chips. For pictures that demonstrate attaching a timing chip to your
shoe, refer to our chip timing system instructions.
We recommend that any personal items be stored in your vehicle.
If you do not have a vehicle to store your personal items, contact a race
volunteer. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Official Race Photography:
Official race photography will be provided by
Jon Brunk Photography from Bellingham. Photos will be available to be
purchased from the Brunk Photo website soon after the race.
The temperature on race day is usually mild. The average low is 48
degrees Fahrenheit, the average high is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. We had rain and cool temparatures
in 2010 and hot
temperatures in 2011 so the weather can vary at this time of year.
There will be 8 manned water stations, with 7 of them serving
runners out and back (for a total of 15 stops for the entire marathon course). There will be
an extra aid station near the end of the marathon course at mile 25.5 that will
only be open on the return for marathoners.
The stations will be manned by local cross country teams. Water, Gu Brew, pretzels, oranges, kettle chips, watermelon and Succeed S-Caps will be available at all stations. Gu Energy Gel will be available at aid stations 4 and 6 (marathon
mile markers 6, 9.75, 16.25
The approximate positions of the aid stations for the marathon course are as follows:
1.5 miles, 2.25 miles, 3.75 miles, 6 miles (Gu gel available), 8.25 miles, 9.75 miles (Gu gel available),
11.75 miles, 14.25 miles, 16.25 miles (Gu gel available), 17.75 miles, 20
miles (Gu gel available), 22.25 miles, 23.75 miles, 24.5 miles, 25.5 miles.
We will have a porta potty at all 7 aid stations, except for the new aid station at mile 25.5.
Two EMTs and ten volunteers with blister kits will be riding the
course with cell phones. Cell phones will be located at every water station.
Results will be placed near the finish line as soon as they are available.
Complete results will be posted online at marathonguide.com,
skagitrunners.org and printed in Northwest Runner magazine.
Water will be available at the finish line along with lots of food
for ALL finishers. The high school locker rooms will be open for
showers and changing.
Where The Money Goes:
Some of the proceeds of this event benefit local high school sports programs and Skagit
Search and Rescue.
All Marathon and Half Marathon finishers receive a finisher's medallion.
Gift certificates will be given to the top three male and female overall in each
The top 3 overall finishers (male and female) in the marathon will receive gift
certificates to Skagit Running Company in the amounts of $100 (1st), $75 (2nd) and
The top 3 overall finishers (male and female) in the half marathon will receive
gift certificates to Skagit Running Company in the amounts of $75 (1st), $50 (2nd)
and $25 (3rd).
Awards will also be given to the top three male
and female finishers in the following 10-year age groups: 19 and under, 20-29,
30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
Awards will not be mailed.
You must claim your award on race day.
Awards will be based on gun time, not chip time. Chip time is recorded by an
electronic chip that is attached to a runner's shoe. Your chip records the time at which you cross the start line and the finish line.
Chip time is often usually faster than gun time because chip time begins when a runner crosses the start line while gun time starts when
the gun is fired; many runners don't cross the start line until several minutes after their official gun time has begun.
There will be random prizes awarded to pre-registered runners. The list
of award winners will be chosen before packet pickup on Saturday, so register early if you
want to win!
Pacers in the marathon are available for the following times:
3:15:00 - (7:26 pace)
3:25:00 - (7:49 pace)
3:30:00 - (8:00 pace)
3:35:00 - (8:12 pace)
3:40:00 - (8:23 pace)
3:45:00 - (8:34 pace)
3:55:00 - (8:57 pace)
4:00:00 - (9:09 pace)
4:10:00 - (9:32 pace)
4:25:00 - (10:06 pace)
4:40:00 - (10:40 pace)
4:55:00 - (11:15 pace)
5:10:00 - (11:49 pace)
Rules and Regulations:
Walkers and slower participants: The Skagit Flats Marathon and Half Marathon welcomes
walkers. Walkers and individuals with a 16+ minute pace are recommended to consider
using a fanny pack that accommodates a water bottle. If you plan on participating
at a 16+ minute pace per mile or slower, be aware that the course closes 6 hours
from the start.
- You must be able to complete the marathon in 6 hours.
- You must
be in good health and physically prepared to undertake the challenges of a marathon
or half marathon.
- Event bib numbers are required for participation. Participants
must fasten their bibs to the front of their shirts. A timing chip must be worn
on one of your shoes in order to receive a time and be included in the results.
- All participants must be
registered in order to participate.
- No strollers, skateboards, dogs or inline skates will
be allowed on the course. Please do not force us to disqualify and remove you from the course
for violating these rules.
- Headphones or I-pods are discouraged during the race.
Participants must be able to hear oncoming vehicles, other runners and course officials. If you cannot hear
directions from course officials because you are wearing headphones you will be
- Participants must run no more
than 2 abreast and stay to
the right side of the road. Remember cars, trucks, and farm tractors are bigger
- Marathon and half marathon participants must give vehicle traffic the right
For More Information:
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or
send email to Skagit Runners.
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2011 Half Marathon,
2010 Half Marathon,
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2009 Half Marathon,
2008 Half Marathon,
2007 Half Marathon,
2007 Half Marathon Age Group,
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