Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon Race Reports

We have gathered everything you need to know about running the Amica Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon in these runner reviews. Bookmark this page as you prep for your race!

What is the Amica Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon?

The Amica Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon are the original marathons in Seattle, and the oldest marathon events in the Pacific Northwest! You can race the marathon/half-marathon every year on Thanksgiving Weekend.

Is the Amica Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon different than the Rock N Roll Marathon?

Yes, the Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon are separate events than the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon! Check out our intel on the Rock N Roll events here.

What is the Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon course like? Is it hilly?

The course changed for 2017, but it is still plenty hilly! Check out the route info here.

Aid stations

Locations of water stations: Every 2 miles, approximately, including 15 water/aid stations on marathon course and 10 on half marathon course

Locations of electrolyte stations: ~ every 2 miles

Electrolyte offered: Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula, GU between mile 5 and 6 for the Half Marathon and at approximately miles 10, 16, and 18 for the Full Marathon.

As you’ll see from the marathon reviews, our runners of the half-marathon have found the aid stations to be a little sparse, so you may want to run with your own water and fuel as much as possible.

Spectator access

Access Locations: Spectators can watch finishers approach and cross the finish line inside Memorial Stadium. Good cheer spots along the course include:

5th Ave
Lake Washington Blvd
Dexter Ave
Mercer Street

Is the Seattle Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, it is!

Get more detailed info on what it is like to run the Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon in these runner reviews!

Seattle Half Marathon Race Report – Rohit E

Race: Seattle Half Marathon 2019 Runner: Rohit E Race Date: 12/01/2019 Location: Seattle Results: https://www.athlinks.com/event/300868/results/Event/823220/Course/1450442/Bib/5278?source=internal Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2904777210 3 Bests – What aspects of the Seattle Half Marathon did you like the most? Course was flatter than it had been in years past - which makes for better times but less picturesque course. Weather held up and it was ...
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Seattle Marathon Race Report – Jenny D

Jenny D reviews the Seattle Marathon course and race. Check out her tips for Mile 23 below! Race: Seattle Marathon Runner: Jenny D Race Date: 12/01/2019 Location: Seattle, WA Results: 3:54:49 3 Bests – What aspects of the Seattle Marathon course did you like the most? 1) The finish line is in the middle of a stadium, so you feel ...
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Seattle Half Marathon Race Report – Lynn T

Runner Lynn T. reviews the half marathon in Seattle, including how to save money when registering and what to wear. Read more below! Race: Seattle Half Marathon 2018 Runner: Lynn T Race Date: 11/25/2018 Location: Seattle, WA Results: 2:03:26 3 Bests – What aspects of the Seattle Half Marathon did you like the most? The perfect Seattle fall weather, amazing ...
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Seattle Half Marathon Race Report – Candice C

In this race report, runner Candice C. reviews the Seattle Half Marathon, including what you should train for and what you should know about the aid stations. Race: Seattle Half Marathon 2018 Runner: Candice C Race Date: 11/25/2018 Location: Seattle, WA Results: 02:14:09 3 Bests – What aspects of the Seattle Half Marathon did you like the most? Large and well supported/organized, from the expo ...
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Seattle Marathon Race Report – Austin M

In this race report, Austin M. reviews his experience of the marathon near Seattle, the Amica Seattle Marathon. Read on for his tips for managing the hills! Race: Amica Seattle Marathon Runner: Austin M Date: 11/26/2017 Location: Seattle, WA Results: 3:28:52.0 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1291967088 3 Bests – What aspects of the Amica Seattle Marathon did you like the most? Frequency/Spacing of ...
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Seattle Marathon Race Report – Matt P

Race: Seattle Marathon Runner: Matt P Date: 11/26/2017 Location: Seattle City Center Results: 03:42:25 Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1292091484 3 Bests – What aspects of the Seattle Marathon did you like the most? Scenic course along Lake Washington's coast and through some of Seattle's most beautiful, historic parks and neighborhoods. Lots of support being a local race, familiar faces, sense of camaraderie among ...
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