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The Yakima River Canyon Marathon starts in Ellensburg and finishes in Selah.

Race Headquarters:

216 South First Street
Selah, Washington 98942
Voice: 425-226-1518
Voice: 509-966-0188

General Race Information

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 miles south of the Berry Road intersection in Ellensburg. 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 stretch just before the finish in rural Selah, near the canyon's mouth contributes to the net elevation loss of a few hundred feet as it brings the participants to the Yakima Valley orchard and ranch country.

The Yakima River Canyon Marathon is the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles and is USATF certified....#WA-01002-MR. Aid stations are located every 2 to 3 miles to provide water and other beverages plus medical aid of band-aids and petroleum jelly. Medical personnel and restrooms are available throughout the race.

The Course is open for 7 hours. Runners and walkers who have not finished by 3:00 p.m. will be responsible for their own safety. Early starts are not allowed. 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. Participants receiving support from bicyclists, unregistered runners, or unofficial vehicles will be disqualified.

Course Records as of 2006:

Wheelchair Jerry Martin - 1:52:20
Male: Jose Garcia - 2:29:43
Female: Mary Hanna - 2:58:06

Awards are presented to the overall male and female winners and to the first five finishers in the age divisions (male & female 19 and under, then five year increments to 80+.) All entrants will receive a T-shirt, and all finishers will receive a finisher's medal.



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