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2015 Sunflower Trail Marathon and Relay

35th Annual Event
Saturday May 9, 2015

Title Sponsor:  Goat's Beard

Come celebrate the 35th annual running of the Sunflower Relay and Trail Marathon! This is an incredible opportunity to run through some of the most spectacular fields of wildflowers in the Methow Valley. The trail run is marathon length, 26.2 miles running from the town of Mazama to Twisp on beautiful trails through carpeted meadows of sunflowers.  Run either as an individual or form a team of 2-5 members.  

Team slots fill early, so get your team together today!

The Course

This unique course begins at 1900 feet elevation in Mazama and includes deer trails, cow paths, bike routes and paved roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields. At two points racers climb to 2600 feet and drop quickly to the finish at about 1600 feet in Twisp. This course traverses private property that owners generously allow use for this one day only. Please do not pre-run the course prior to or after the event. Because of the presence of livestock, dogs are not allowed to accompany their humans during the race. No dogs at start or finish lines please.

Relay Leg Descriptions:
Leg 1 - 1.8 miles, easy - would be good for younger or beginner runner
Leg 2 - 5.7 miles, easy - flat
Leg 3 - 5.6 miles, moderate
Leg 4 - 6.6 miles, moderate
Leg 5 - 6.5 difficult - strong runner required

Marathon Course Map

Exchange and Aid Stations
Exchange 1 at mile 1.8
Exchange 2 (Aid 1) at mile 7.5
Exchange 3 (Aid 2) at mile 13.1
Exchange 4 (Aid 3) at mile 19.7
Aid 4 at mile ~24

Start Time
8:30 a.m. Mazama Corral Trailhead
1:30 p.m. awards, Finish-line venue in Twisp

The Basics: 

  • A marathon participant runs the entire 26.2 miles. Marathon participants are expected to run the course, not walk or hike.  Out of respect for our volunteers and private landowners, marathon runners and teams must be able to complete the entire course in 6 hours - by 2:30pm.
  • Note: if you are both a marathon competitor AND are running a leg of the race as a team member - the leg you run for your team must be leg #1.
  • A Team must have 2-5 people. 


Register Now

Marathon Registration $75 Sept 1-March 31, $85 April 1-May 3rd.

Team Registration $55 per team member.

TEAM REGISTRATION Closes at 120 teams

KIDS 17 and UNDER RACE for FREE!!!!! (registration required, no t-shirt)

*No refunds or registration transfers after April 1st , 2015. $15 refund/transfer fee required prior to April 1st.

*Race entries are valid for the registered racer only, no informal transfers please.

*Entry fee includes race bib, participant packet, shuttle transportation to the start venue, custom Sunflower t-shirt (for registrations before April 15), post-race lunch, and awards.

Relay Team Captain Instructions - NEW:

Thank you for organizing a SF Relay Team! As team captain, your role is to register your team members, and then forward communications to your team members as we send them via you. You will pay for your entire team ($55 each) and then have them reimburse you. Before getting online to register, please collect (for each team member): Full name, current email address, DOB, t-shirt size.  After online registration is complete, you will get confirmation that your team is in our race database.   In order to pic up your packet on race day, you will need to ensure that all of your team members have signed the electronic waiver online. You will be able to manage that through your registration account.

Relay Team Driving Directions

Packet Pick-up and Late Registration
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 8th between Winthrop Mountain Sports and Rocking Horse Bakery on Riverside Ave, Winthrop.  Look for the Methow Trails banners.  We recommend you do a team meeting after packet pick-up.   Morning pick-up, 7:30-8:00am, May 9th (not recommended for teams) in Mazama.

Buses will depart the Twisp finishline parking area at 7:15 a.m. sharp, Saturday morning for the race start in Mazama. Leg one and leg two team runners may take the bus to the race start or first exchange. Teams must arrange transportation to the other exchange points. No return transportation will be provided from the finish to the race start. We encourage you to use the bus!

Race registration includes a lunch, catored by Twisp Brew Pub, at the race finish venue beginning at 11:30am and offered until 2:30pm.  Food will be available for racers only.  Please bring a picnic lunch for family members and spectators. PLEASE BRING LOTS OF EXTRA WATER, SUNSCREEN AND BLANKETS/CHAIRS TO THE RACE FINISH.  NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE RACE COURSE, AT THE START LINE OR FINISH LINE.

Awards and Divisions
The awards ceremony will be at 1:30 pm at the finish line venue. Awards, created by local potter Jim Neupert, will be presented to the overall male and female winners plus the top three iron finishers in each age division: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. Team awards for top three teams.

Race Start - From Twisp, head west on Hwy 20 through Winthrop approximately 21 miles. Turn right at the Mazama Junction and proceed straight to the stop sign. Go straight through the intersection and turn right into the Corral Trailhead Parking Lot.

Race Finish (and shuttle bus parking and pic-up location) - From Twisp head ¼ mile west on Hwy 20, cross bridge over Twisp River, take a immediate left on Ainsworth and a right on Berger St. After .3 mile Berger St. veers left, becomes Peters St. and turns to dirt. Follow signs to the Sunflower parking area on the right.

Results will be posted on Methow Trails' results web page the evening of the race.

Low resolution photos will be posted on the Mehtow Trails blog the evening of the race.  High resolution photos for purchase available through www.mitchellimage.com .

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