Yakima River Canyon Marathon Race Info

Date: 3/30/2019

Location: Ellensburg to Selah, WA

Start Time: 8:00am

Avg Temps (f): 58/32

Time Limit: 7 hours

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Well-organized race, very small town feel
  • Cambered/tilted road can be difficult and hard on the legs by the end with one leg always running higher than the other
  • While it’s a net downhill course, the two hills in the middle are challenging, so be prepared for hills, especially the second hill around mile 21
  • High chance of wind in the canyon, especially since you’re running point to point
  • Weather can be really variable at the end of March in this area – bring several options!
  • Have the ability to shed layers along the way in case it warms up as you go
  • Not the most BQ/PR friendly course because of the hills, but it can still be done, especially if you train with hills.
  • Be sure to be conservative enough in the first half since the second half has the hills
  • Not much shade on the course, so bring a hat and/or sunglasses in case the sun is out


Type: Point to Point

Start/Finish Info: From Ellensburg, WA to Selah, WA. There are buses to the start and then back to the start after the finish

Hills: While it’s a net downhill, the course gains ~615 feet along the way, with a sizeable hills around miles 14 and 21, with >150-200+ feet in gain – good course map and elevation profile here.

Course Map/Elevation Profile


Aid stations

Locations of aid stations: Every 2-3 miles

Electrolyte offered: Powerade

Spectator access

Best spots are at the start and finish.

Boston qualifier?


Race reports





Strava links



Race Website