October 2nd 2016
Registration closes September 28th 2016.
Marathon – $100*
Half Marathon – $70*
Shirt – $25*^
Extra Meal Ticket – $12*
Extra Kids Meal Ticket – $7*
Register Online
* Prices include any applicable taxes. Entry fees increase by $10 after August 1st.
^ Shirt is a Next Level Tri-blend T-shirt. Orders must be placed before 11:59 PM on the 16th of Sept.
Winthrop Marathon and Half Marathon

This year is the 7 year anniversary, so come celebrate 7 years of one of Washington’s most scenic marathons. The Winthrop Marathon is in sunny and scenic Winthrop, WA where the sun shines more than 300 days out of the year! The net-downhill race is an excellent Boston qualifier. What more could you ask for?!
Start Times and Check-in

At the check-in times below you will receive your bib for the race. There will be no other times for you to pick up your bib. Check-in is located at the Winthrop Barn.
Marathon check-in starts at 5:30 AM at the Winthrop Barn and busses start loading at 6:30 AM. All entrants must be checked in and on the bus by 6:45 AM. The bus ride is approximately 50 minutes long. You will have about 20 minutes to “warm-up” before the 8:00 am start time.
Half Marathon check-in starts at 8:00 AM at the Winthrop Barn and busses start loading at 9:00 AM. All entrants must be checked in and on the bus by 9:15 AM. The bus ride is approximately 20 minutes long. You will have about 20 minutes to “warm-up” before the 10:00 am start time.
Race End

The race course closes at 3:00 PM for both races. Marathoners will have 7 hours to finish and Half Marathoners will have 5 hours to finish. (A 16 minute per mile average pace will finish a Marathon in said time, and a nearly 22 minute per mile pace will finish a Half Marathon within the time alotted.)
Transportation and Parking

All runners must take the provided buses to the start. NO GETTING DROPPED OFF AT START. The buses will depart from the Winthrop Barn, (2 blocks from the finish line) 1/4 mile west of downtown Winthrop on Hwy 20 within walking distance from all the Winthrop motels. Parking is limited so please walk or carpool. Your warm clothes will be transported back to the finish line–please bring a bag labeled with your name and bib number to keep things tidy and so you don’t lose your favorite jacket or clothes.
Weather

Located on the sunny and dry side of the state there’s a good chance the sky will be clear and blue. The average temperatures for the marathon start are 32-41 degrees, the half marathon start 50-55 and the average high being between 62-78 — perfect running weather! This is the mountains so anything is possible.
Awards and Results

There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall for both women and men. Every finisher will receive a medal. Results are posted as they’re ready, typically within a day. If you’re interested in your finishing time you can check in at the finish line or email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Lodging and Camping

There are a lot of options for nice tent camping in the Methow Valley. A few of the private campgrounds to Winthrop are, Pine Near RV and Campground, Big Twin Lakes, KOA, State Park(Pearrygin Lake) and the River Bend Campground in Twisp. The Forest Service also has nice campgrounds on Highway 20 just west of Mazama–Early Winters Campgound is the closest to the race out of those.
223 White Ave
Winthrop, WA
27 Rader Rd
Winthrop, WA
209 Castle Ave
Winthrop, WA
604 Patterson Lake Rd
Winthrop, WA
Spectators

This is not a very spectator friendly race, there are only 2 spots on the marathon course (and only 1 on the half marathon course) where your friends or family could see you during the race (mile 5.3 and 16.5 for the marathon and mile 3.4 for the half marathon and at the finish for both) and they must follow these directions exactly. Winthrop and the Methow Valley are however full of things for your friends and family to do while you run. One great option for them is to volunteer at an aid station–they get to see you on the course and get a free ticket for the post race meal.
Pre-Race Information

There will be NO Pre Race Meal or Packet pick-up the day before the race! There are numerous great restaurants in the area to choose from. Some recommendations are:
For last minute supplies, including running shoes, go to Winthrop Mountain Sports!
Course Information

Start: Andrews Creek Bridge on W. Chewuch Rd (FS RD 51)
Follow W. Chewuch Rd Downhill(South) Towards Winthrop, in about 5.3 miles you’ll pass FS RD 5010 and Camp Four on your Left. Continue on W. Chewuch Rd. (This the first spectator location)
At mile 13.1 you’ll pass the starting line for the Half Marathon.
Near Aid Station #5 at about mile 15.9 you’ll leave the National Forest.
At about mile 16.5 you make your first turn, BEAR LEFT AND CROSS BRIDGE you’ll now be on E. Chewuch Rd (This is the second spectator location)
Stay on E. Chewuch Rd for about 6 miles
Once inside Winthrop Town Limits E. Chewuch becomes Bluff Street continue on Bluff St. for about 0.3mi and TURN LEFT onto Corral Street.
Go about 0.2mi and TURN LEFT onto Castle Ave. (This begins the “out and back” section of the course. Aid Station #8 & #9 is located at this intersection.)
Head southeast on Castle Ave. for about 0.5mi. At the base of a short downhill the Castle Ave becomes a slightly busier and larger street — continue straight. After about another 0.5mi you’ll leave Winthrop Town Limits and Castle Ave is now called Twisp-Winthrop Rd(aka East County Rd). Continue Straight ahead for about another 0.5mi to the “Turn Around” Be sure to be running facing traffic on this section.
From the “Turn Around” head back towards Winthrop the way you came via Twisp-Winthrop Rd to Castle Ave. Follow Castle Ave Back to Aid Station #8 & #9 at the intersection of Castle Ave and Corral St.
From the Aid Station continue on Castle Ave towards Bridge Street. Cross Bridge St. and continue on Castle Ave. towards Bluff St. Turn Left onto Bluff St. which drops down the hill, bends to the left and becomes Riverside Ave. The race finishes about a block later on Riverside Ave in front of Carlos 1800 Mexican Grill.
Start: On W. Chewuch Rd (FS RD 51) just north of Eightmile Sno-Park near the “public hunting” sign.
Follow W. Chewuch Rd Downhill(South) Towards Winthrop
Near Aid Station #1 at about mile 2.8 you’ll leave the National Forest.
At about mile 3.4 you make your first turn, BEAR LEFT AND CROSS BRIDGE you’ll now be on E. Chewuch Rd (This is the spectator location)
Stay on E. Chewuch Rd for about 6 miles
Once inside Winthrop Town Limits E. Chewuch becomes Bluff Street continue on Bluff St. for about 0.3mi and TURN LEFT onto Corral Street.
Go about 0.2mi and TURN LEFT onto Castle Ave. (This begins the “out and back” section of the course. Aid Station #4 & #5 is located at this intersection.)
Head southeast on Castle Ave. for about 0.5mi. At the base of a short downhill Castle Ave becomes a slightly busier and larger street — continue straight. After about another 0.5mi you’ll leave Winthrop Town Limits and Castle Ave is now called Twisp-Winthrop Rd(aka East County Rd). Continue Straight ahead for about another 0.5mi to the “Turn Around” Be sure to be running facing traffic on this section.
From the “Turn Around” head back towards Winthrop the way you came via Twisp-Winthrop Rd to Castle Ave. Follow Castle Ave Back to Aid Station #4 & #5 at the intersection of Castle Ave and Corral St.
From the Aid Station continue on Castle Ave towards Bridge Street. Cross Bridge St. and continue on Castle Ave. towards Bluff St. Turn Left onto Bluff St. which drops down the hill, bends to the left and becomes Riverside Ave. The race finishes about a block later on Riverside Ave in front of Carlos 1800 Mexican Grill.
Course Overview Map

Turn Around Overview Map
Course Support and Rules

There will be aid stations for the marathon runners at the following distances: 3.6, 6.9, 9.9, 13.1, 15.9, 18.4, 20.7, 23.1, and 25.9.
There will be aid stations for the half marathon runners at the following distances: 2.8, 5.23, 7.6, 10, and 12.8.
All the aid stations will have water, GU Brew, GU gels, succeed electrolyte capsules, toilet paper, vaseline, duct tape and band-aids.
There will be one porta-potty at every other aid station for the marathon and half marathon. There will be numerous at the starting line, finish line and at the bus pickup location.
Spectators and crew are only allowed at the designated spectator locations (see below)–runners getting support from anyone other than volunteers or race staff outside of those spectator areas will be disqualified. No baby joggers allowed on the course. The course is planned to be open for only 7 hours.
Runners who would like support in addition to what is provided by the race may ask the race director for approval.
Training Advice

Running a “downhill” marathon affects your body differently than a flat or rolling course would, therefore you should train differently.
I’ve asked a couple of my super fast friends to share some advice for training for a downhill marathon and I also found a great article from the September 2009 issue of Running Times – “Owner’s Manual: Avoid Downhill Disasters” By Brian Metzler.
Here’s what they had to say:
“Get your quads strong and then train on the course if you can. Put in at least one 10 mile tempo run each week at your goal race pace.” – Dave Mora (More advice from Dave)
“Train specifically for your race. Winthrop contains a lot of long gradual downhills. So train on long gradual downhills. Do some of your speedwork on long, gradual downhills. If you lift weights, practice concentric and eccentric contractions with your quads. And if you are carrying around some extra weight– lose it, within reason– a lighter package pounds less and puts less stress on your joints.” – Susannah Beck
“It’s certainly possible to run down a new PR on this type of course, but only if you’ve trained properly.” – Brian Meltzer (see his Running Times Article for tons of great training advice)
Photos and Race Reports

2013 report by Dan Cumming
2013 report by Andrea Torng
2012 report by Steve Mitchell
2012 report by Cheri Fiorucci
2012 report by Trevor Spencer
2012 report by Dan Cumming
2011 report by Bob Dolphin
2011 report by Ginger Gruber
2011 report by Larissa Martin Ralph
2010 report by Bob Dolphin
2010 report by Brad Nelson
2010 report by Candice Burt
2010 and 2011 Photos
Teri Pieper, of Reflected Light Studios, did an amazing job capturing the joys and struggles of running the Winthrop Marathon. There are tons of great pictures from many different locations on the course.
For $7.50 you can purchase from Teri a file that can be printed at a standard print resolution. Contact her to buy a file or two or to hire her for your next event at tjpieper@methownet.com.
Also Kristen Smith of MVSTA, was at the finish and did a great job getting cool photos of folks crossing the line and hanging out. MVSTA who (in addition to being super duper supportive of all the Rainshadow Running races) puts on a bunch of trail running, mountain biking and ski races in the world famous Methow Valley.
2015 Photos
During the 2015 Winthrop Marathon and Half Marathon we were lucky to have Shawna Lumpkin out taking photos of the runners. You can view the photos right here. If you would like a larger resolution image please feel free to contact us.
Spectator Driving Directions

NOTICE: YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY OR YOU RISK DISQUALIFYING YOUR RUNNER. These are the directions to the only 2 spots where your friends and family can see you during the race other than at the finish line. This is for your safety, the safety of the runners, volunteers and the residents/visitors of the Winthrop area and also for everyone’s enjoyment. PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY AND SLOWLY AT ALL TIMES AND WATCH OUT FOR DEER!
Travel time to the mile 5.3 (full marathon only) spectator location is about 50 minutes from downtown Winthrop (includes 12 miles of dirt roads). It takes about 15 minutes from downtown Winthrop to get to mile 16.5 (full)/3.4 (half) or 35 mins from the 5.3 mile point to the 16.5 mile point.
From Downtown Winthrop or the Winthrop Barn:

Head west on highway 20 and turn immediately north (right) onto W. Chewuch Rd. If you pass the baseball field or the Lost River Winery, you went too far!
Follow W. Chewuch Rd about 6.75 miles and turn right at the stop sign. CAUTION! YOU ARE BRIEFLY ON THE RACE COURSE! Cross the bridge and immediately turn left onto the forest service road 37. This is the mile 16.5/3.4 spectator location. Keep reading for directions to the mile 5.3 (full marathon only) spectator location.
Go about 1.2 miles on forest service road 37 across a small bridge and turn left onto forest service road 5010. Follow this road as it follows the river for about 10 miles. After going 10.1 miles, stay straight/left as the road becomes forest service road 700. After another half mile, stay straight/left and immediately park. The mile 5.3 (full marathon only) spectator location is just across the bridge. DO NOT DRIVE OVER THE BRIDGE!
Retrace your route to get back to the mile 16.5/3.4 location and/or to Winthrop and the finish line. DO NOT USE E. CHEWUCH RD to get back to town from the mile 16.5/3.4 location (it’s almost exactly the same distance to go back on the W. Chewuch Rd.).
THANKS FOR FOLLOWING THESE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY!