37th Annual Event
Saturday May 6, 2017
Title Sponsor: Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies
2017 Sunflower Relay is FULL! Registration closed January 30. There is still space in the 1/2 and full marathon, but don't wait!
Come celebrate the 37th 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 plus length, running from the town of Mazama to Twisp on beautiful trails through carpeted meadows of sunflowers.
This unique course begins at 1900 feet elevation in Mazama and includes deer trails, cow paths, bike routes and gravel 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. The finish is 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, no dogs at start or finish lines, or on the course please.
Relay Leg Descriptions:
Leg 1 - 2.2 miles, easy - would be good for younger or beginner runner
Leg 2 - 5.6 miles, easy - flat
Leg 3 - 5.5 miles, moderate w/ hills
Leg 4 - 6.7 miles, moderate w/ a steep climb
Leg 5 - 6.5 difficult - strong runner required
The course is a marathon-plus length. Expect breathtaking scenery and some sustained climbs and descents. Total length is just over marathon length.
A Half Marathon option will begin at Sun Mountain Chickadee Trailhead and end at the same Twisp finish line as other event options. The course is moderate in difficulty with some sustained climbs and descents. Total length is just over 1/2 marathon length.
Exchange and Aid Stations
There are aid stations (with water, HEED sport drink and Hammer gel) at all four exchange points, as well as at mile 24.5. Runners should bring any additional fuel/replacement tablets they may need.
Maps: We do not provide detailed maps and elevation profiles to respect the privacy of the landowners who allow one-day access through their property to make this event possible. There are two significant climbs just after aid stations 3 and 4, and a significant descent at the end of the course.
Relay & Marathon 8:00am - Mazama Corral Trailhead
1/2 Marathon 9:00am - Chickadee Trailhead
Awards ~12:30pm - Finish-line in Twisp
*No refunds or registration transfers after April 1st, 2017. $15 refund/transfer fee prior to April 1st. If you are having any registration difficulties, please contact our registration partner, April at Databar: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Race entries are valid for the registered racer only, no informal transfers please.
*Entry fee includes race bib, participant packet, custom Sunflower t-shirt (for registrations before April 15), post-race lunch, and awards.
*** Methow Trails is a non-profit organization. Income from this event supports year-round trail operations in the Methow Valley. There are no entry refunds, exchanges, transfers or rollovers, and the event may be cancelled due to variables beyond our control: severe weather conditions, fire, unhealthy air quality, road closures, natural disasters, or other unforeseeable events.
In order to pick up your packet on race day, your team captain will need to ensure that ALL of your team members have signed the electronic waiver online. You can manage that through your Databar registration account until May 1st.
5:00 - 7:00pm, Friday, May 5th For all event participants. Packet pick-up area between Mazama Store and Goat's Beard Outdoor Suppliers in Mazama. Goat's Beard, our Title Sponsor, will provide a "Happy Hour" with beer on tap and light snacks available for purchase. A great chance to gather with your team to finalize your race-day logistics.
***We HIGHLY recommend picking up packets (for ALL events) the night before your race (at the Mazama Store) to make your event morning less hectic.
7:00 - 7:30am, Saturday, May 6th For Marathon Runners (not recommended for teams) in Mazama.
8:00-8:30, Saturday, May 6th For 1/2 Marathon runners at Chickadee Trailhead.
Relay teams are responsible for arranging all transportation for exchange points. There will be a morning shuttle bus provided from the finish line in Twisp, to the start lines. Shuttle to Mazama (Leg 1 Relay and Full Marathon runners) leaves Twisp at 6:30am. Shuttle to Chickadee (Half Marathon) leaves Twisp at 7:30am.
Lunch & Post Race Party with live music: Wild Mountain Nation
Race registration includes a burrito lunch, catered by Stewart Deitz Catering, at the race finish venue beginning at 11:30am and offered until 2:00pm. Beer available for purchase. Food will be available for racers only. Please bring a picnic lunch for family members and spectators. NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE RACE COURSE OR FINISH LINE VENUE. The finish line is a horse pasture, so blankets and/or camp chairs to sit on are highly recommended.
Awards and Divisions
The awards ceremony will be at ~12:30 pm at the finish line venue. Awards, created by local potter Emily Post, will be presented to the top three overall male and female winners (Youth <18, Open 18-39, Masters 40-59, Seniors 60+) of the marathon and 1/2 marathon, as well as the top three teams. All participants recieve a commemorative t-shirt and finisher medal.
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- 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.
Past and Current Results Web Page .
Low resolution photos will be posted on the Methow Trails blog the evening of the race. High resolution photos for purchase available through www.mitchellimage.com