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2019 Sunflower Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Relay
39th Annual Event
Saturday May 4, 2019
Come celebrate the 39th annual running of the Sunflower Relay, 1/2, and Full Trail Marathon! This is an incredible opportunity to run through some of the most spectacular fields of wildflowers in the Methow Valley. This race is limited in team relay and 1/2 marathon spots and they do fill quickly. Register early!
This unique course begins at 2180 feet elevation in Mazama and includes well marked deer trails, single track trails, and gravel roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields. At two points, racers climb to 2600 feet. The finish is at about 1600 feet in Twisp. This course traverses private property that owners generously allow use for this one-day only. Please do not pre-run the course prior to or after the event. Because of the presence of livestock, no dogs at start or finish lines, or on the course please.
The Marathon course is a marathon-plus length at 26.8 miles. Expect breathtaking scenery and some sustained climbs and descents.
A Half Marathon option begins at Sun Mountain Chickadee Trailhead and ends at the same Twisp finish line as other event options. The course is moderate in difficulty with some sustained climbs and descents. Total length is just over 1/2 marathon length.
Team Relay Leg Descriptions:
Leg 1 – 2.2 miles, easy – would be good for younger or beginner runner
Leg 2 – 5.6 miles, easy – flat
Leg 3 – 5.9 miles, moderate w/ hills
Leg 4 – 6.5 miles, moderate w/ a steep climb
Leg 5 – 6.6 difficult – strong runner required
Wave 1 Relay & Marathon 8:00am – Mazama Corral Trailhead
Wave 2 Relay 8:30am – Mazama Corral Trailhead
1/2 Marathon 9:00am – Chickadee Trailhead
Awards ~12:30pm – Finish-line in Twisp
- A marathon participant runs the entire course. Marathon participants are expected to run the majority of course, not walk or hike. Out of respect for our volunteers and private landowners, marathon runners and teams must be able to complete the entire course in 6 hours – by 2:00pm.
- Half Marathon participants are expected to be able to finish their ~13.1 mile course in 5 hours or less – by 2:00pm.
- A relay team must have 2-5 people, and finish by 2:00pm.