Saturday, Mar 4, 2023

Sequalitchew Creek Trail Races

600 Barksdale, Ave, DuPont, WA

DuPont, WA Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K

This Event Took Place Sat. Mar 4, 2023

Come Experience Sequalitchew Creek!

Come experience a true gem of Pierce County on the trails around Sequalitchew Creek in DuPont, WA. These trails traverse a variety of terrain and ecosystems including running into Sequalitchew Creek Canyon leading down to Puget Sound, running along the beachfront with amazing views of the Olympic Mountains, running on bluffs high above the Sound, and through a variety of soft and mossy forested sections! The course is mostly gently rolling, with the exception of one short/steep climb and descent just as you come out of and then go back into Sequalitchew Creek Canyon. This course is very beginner friendly, as the half marathon features about 1,000’ of vertical up and down, and the marathon 2,000’. The trails are well groomed and mostly non-technical! All race participants will receive a custom race tee, a Run Super Series neck gaiter, and all finishers will receive a custom finisher’s medal!
*This course follows the course formerly run by the DuPont Trail Marathon/Half/12K

Course Info

COURSE - MARATHON / HALF
Description: The race starts and finishes at Sellers Park. Upon starting, you will run north and west following some flat crushed gravel/paved trail through some forest and marsh lands as you approach Sequalitchew Creek. At about Mile 2, you will enter the beautifully forested Sequalitchew Creek Canyon and gently descend about 300’ over the next 1.5 miles through the canyon and down to Puget Sound. Take a moment to listen to the sounds of the creek flowing through the gorge! After descending, you’ll go through a short tunnel and emerge onto the beachfront along the sound where you will make a short out and back on the beach. On a clear day, the Olympic Mountains will be towering across the sound! You will come back up the creek trail, but make a right turn to cross the creek shortly after coming through the tunnel. Here you are face with a short, but steep climb as you come out of the canyon and up to higher ground (don’t worry, this section is only 0.2 miles long!), emerging out of the canyon at about 4 miles into the run. For the next 5 miles you’ll traverse some rolling terrain and well groomed trails as you do a lollipop loop up on the bluffs about 300’ above Puget Sound. You’ll be greeted to some gorgeous views of the sound below, and get to run through some wonderful forested trails in this section. After completing the lollipop, you’ll descend back into the canyon going down the short steep section, and come back up the way you came from miles 0-3 to head back to the finish line area. You’ll complete one last short loop through some marshlands before you hit the finish line. The marathon will repeat this course 2x.

COURSE - 10K
The 10K course will follow the first part of the half marathon course heading down the Sequalitchew Creek Canyon and down to the beach. After completing the beach out and back, the 10K will come back up the Sequalitchew Creek Trail and head back to the finish line.

Aid Stations Mileage:
10K - No aid station, start/finish only.
Half - Aid Stations at Mile 5.3 and 8.1
Marathon - Aid Stations at Mile 5.3, 8.1, 13.3, 18.6, 21.4
*Note aid station mileage is approximate, actual mileage may vary by +/- 0.2 miles

Interactive Course Map

Race Day Info

RACE DAY SCHEDULE
Marathon and Half Marathon:
Packet Pick-up (at start/finish): 6:30AM - 7:20AM
Course Briefing (at start/finish): 7:25AM
Race Start - 7:30AM
Half Marathon Runners must be finished by 12:00PM, Marathon Runners must be finished by 2:30PM

10K:
Packet Pick-up (at start/finish): 7:30AM - 8:15AM
Course Briefing (at start/finish): 8:25AM
Race Start - 8:30AM
All 10K runners must be finished by 12:00 PM
RACE DAY INFO
Packet Pick-up & Day of Registration:
Yes! We have race day packet pick-up! No! We do not offer advanced packet pick-up! Packet Pick-up will be at the start/finish line located at Sellers Park in DuPont, WA

Parking:
Parking will be available in the streets around Sellers Park

Address:
For directions use, 600 Barksdale Ave, DuPont, WA 98327. The park is located 0.5 miles from Exit 119 off of I-5.

DuPont is located about 25 minutes south of Tacoma, WA, about 60 minutes south of Seattle, WA and about 15 minutes North of Olympia, WA.

Course Support

Aid Stations:
Aid stations will have water and gatorade. Aid stations will also have some light snacks such as candy, sweet treats, and some salty snack options.

Hydration/Water Bottle Requirements:
This is a cupless race!! All runners will need to plan to carry some type of water bottle or reusable cup that they can use to fill up at aid stations. Thanks for helping us reduce our trash generation!

Trash on the Course:
Anyone seen leaving trash on the trail will be disqualified from the race and banned from any future Run Super Series events. We have an absolute zero tolerance policy for leaving trash on the course! If you pack it in, you are going to have to pack it out. Please hold onto your trash and discard it properly at an aid station. It is NOT acceptable to leave trash anywhere on the course. It is NOT acceptable to leave trash near course markings thinking we are going to pick it up for you. Trash left near trail markings can blow away and end up somewhere where it doesn’t belong. It is a privilege for us to use these amazing trails! Any littering on the course puts our permit at risk for hosting future events. Also, if you see any trash on the course, please be a trail angel and pick it up bring it to the aid station :)

Refund Policy

All registrations to the race are final. We do not offer refunds or deferral of race entries under any circumstances. Distance upgrades can be made in Ultra Sign-up up to two weeks before the race (you pay the difference in cost). Distance drop-downs can be made in Ultra Sign-up up to two weeks before the race (although with no refund).

Event's current local time: 4:00 PM PT

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