The Spokane Marathon 10k Race Report – Sarah Garza

Race: The Spokane Marathon 10k

Runner: Sarah Garza

Race Date: 10/09/2022

Location: Spokane Washington

Results: 54:21

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. The weather was perfect!
  2. There was the right amount of ups and downs in the terrain.
  3. Not too crowded!

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

I didn’t love that the end was uphill.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

My highlight was that I beat my personal goal, and even got 4th in my age group!

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

The crux of the course is between the 4th and 5th mile along the Centennial Trail.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

It’s a pretty course in the city, and runs along the centennial trail and through some residential areas.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Moderately difficult – it’s mainly paved, but hilly. Some trail and some cobblestone road as well.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

It’s a well oiled machine.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

About 200 runners in the 10k option. 400 for the half marathon, and 150 for the full marathon. Runners of all ages!

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

No I think it’s a pretty open race for all!

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Water and Gatorade offered every 2 miles.

Weather and typical race conditions

Early October in the Inland Northwest…cool in the early morning and warm by the early afternoon.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?


How’s the Swag?

Nothing too extreme, a medal and a tech shirt.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

I give it 5 stars and would definitely run it again!

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