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2016 Sunflower Trail Marathon and Relay

36th Annual Event
Saturday May 7, 2016 

Title Sponsor:  Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies

Come celebrate the 36th 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.  Run either as an individual or form a team of 2-5 members.  

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

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 - 6.0 miles, moderate w/ hills
Leg 4 - 6.6 miles, moderate w/ a steep climb
Leg 5 - 6.8 difficult - strong runner required

The course is a marathon-plus length due to minor changes in the course over the past few years.  Total length is close to 27 miles.

NEW The Half Marathon option will begin at Sun Mountain trails and end at the same Twisp finish line as other event options.

Exchange and Aid Stations
There are aid stations (with water, sport drink and gel) at all four exchange points, as well as at mile 24.5.

Start Times:

Team & Marathon     8:30am - Mazama Corral Trailhead

1/2 Marathon           9:30am - Chickadee Trailhead

Awards                   1:30pm - Finish-line in Twisp

The Basics: 

  • A marathon participant runs the entire course. Marathon participants are expected to run the majority of 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.
  • Half Marathon participants are expected to be able to finish their ~13.1 mile course in 4 hours of less - 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. 


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

*No refunds or registration transfers after April 1st , 2016. 

*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.

*** 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 severe weather conditions, fire, unhealthy air quality, road closures, natural disasters, or threats to local and national security.

Relay Team Captain Instructions - NEW:

In order to pick up your packet on race day, you 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. If you are having any trouble, please contact April at Databar: april@databarevents.com 

Basic Planning Information

Team Driving Directions

Packet Pick-up 

5:00 - 7:00pm, Friday, May 6th between Mazama Store and Goat's Beard Outdoor Suppliers in Mazama. Join us for food and fresh brews in the courtyard - a great chance to go over race-day details with your team.

7:30 - 8:00am, Saturday, May 7th (not recommended for teams) in Mazama.

Methow Trails provides a morning bus shuttle from the finish line (530 Peters Road, Twisp).  Departure time is 7:15am sharp.  Marathon runners and Leg #1 runners are encouraged to use the shuttle.

Half Marathon runners can take a bus shuttle from the Twisp finish line to Sun Mountain startline, departing at 8:15am sharp.

Teams are responsible for arranging all other exchange transportation.  There is no shuttle from the finish line to the start after the race.  

Lunch & Post Race Party with live music: Wild Mountain Nation
Race registration includes a lunch, catered by Twisp Brew Pub, at the race finish venue beginning at 11:30am and offered until 2:30pm.  Beer available for purchase.  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 OR FINISH LINE VENUE. The finishline is a horse pasture, so blankets to sit on are highly recommended.

Awards and Divisions
The awards ceremony will be at ~1:30 pm at the finish line venue. Awards, created by a local potter, will be presented to the top three overall male and female winners of the marathon and 1/2 marathon, as well as the top three teams. All participants recieve commenorative t-shirt and finishers token.

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 pick-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 Methow Trails blog the evening of the race.  High resolution photos for purchase available through www.mitchellimage.com 

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