2021 Sunflower Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Relay

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Sponsors of the 2021 Sunflower Marathon and Relay-

Title Sponsor: 

Methow Trails Event Sponsors:

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  We are adhering to the Covid-19 State Guidelines and have reduced the numbers of participants for this year's event to 500.  We do have a waitlist available.  If you have any questions, please contact adrienne@methowtrails.org

2021 Sunflower Waitlist Registration - CLOSED

Covid-19 Update: The 2021 Sunflower is currently a go.  We are monitoring state and county guidelines closely and if anything changes or we move back to Phase 1 particpants will be notified immediately. 

Please note that the race will look a little different this year and we are encouraging racers to be as self-sufficient as possible in an effort to limit the number of volunteers and staff members on the course.  All participants will receive a detailed packet that will outline everything you need to know to have a successful and safe race. 

2021 Racer Information Packet - IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ

Key changes for this year's race include:

  • Rolling Starts - Participants will be assigned a start time that will be up to 15 minutes apart in groups of 30 or less.
  • No Shuttle - Participants must arrange their own drop-off and pick-up at the Start and Finish Line.  Drivers will be asked to leave the area once they have dropped off their racer.
  • No Spectators - Spectators will not be allowed on the course.  
  • Limited Aid Stations - We will have emergency water bottles and pre-packaged food at aid stations.  We are asking racers to be as self-sufficient as possible.
  • No post-race party - We will offer to-go boxed lunches.  Awards will be mailed.
  • Masks will be required at the 
    • Start and Finish Line
    • Aid Stations
    • Any time you cannot maintain a 6-foot distance while passing another runner (a mask must be accessible while you are on the course).

Below is more general information about the event.  We will continue to update this site as race-day details progress.

Saturday April 24th, 2021

40th Annual Event

Title Sponsor:  Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies

The Course

This unique course begins at 2180 feet elevation in Mazama and includes well marked deer trails, single track trails, 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. 

The Marathon course is a marathon-plus length at 26.8 miles. Expect breathtaking scenery and some sustained climbs and descents. 

Half Marathon option begins at Sun Mountain Chickadee Trailhead and ends 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.

Team 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 - 5.9 miles, moderate w/ hills
Leg 4 - 6.5 miles, moderate w/ a steep climb
Leg 5 - 6.6 difficult - strong runner required 

Start Times:

  • Participants will start in waves of 30, 10 minutes apart.
  • Please login into your RunReg account to sign up for a Wave Time.

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 2:00pm.
  • Half Marathon participants are expected to be able to finish their ~13.1 mile course in 5 hours or less - by 2:00pm.  
  • A relay team must have 2-5 people, and finish by 2:00pm.


$85 Marathon and 1/2 Marathon 
$60 per Relay Team member   
Kids 17 and under race for fee, but MUST register (includes signing online waiver) on time to participate.
Military Discount: If you have served or are an active member in the military, we offer a 10% discount.  Please contact adrienne@methowtrails.org for further information.
*Don't wait to register!  This race sells out each year! 

*No refunds, credits or registration transfers after April 1st, 2021. $15 refund/transfer fee prior to April 1st. If you are having any registration difficulties, please click here.

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

*Entry fee includes race bib, custom Sunflower t-shirt (for registrations before April 1), 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.

Packet Pick-Up 

Methow Trails Ticket Window (309 Riverside Ave in Winthrop)

Monday-Thursday (April 19-22) 8:30am - 3:30pm

Friday (April 23) 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday (April 24) - In an effort to eliminate congestion and make the race day less hectic, we highly recommend picking up your packet the week before, especially for Relay Teams.  If you need to pick your packet up on Saturday, we ask that you come 10 minutes prior to your wave start time.

Map: We do not provide a detailed map to respect the privacy of the landowners who allow one-day access through their property and make this event possible.  PLEASE DO NOT PRE-RUN THE COURSE, we only have landowner access on event day! No dogs are allowed on the course at anytime. Relay teams will be given specific driving directions to relay exhange points at race packet pick-up. 

Exchange and Aid Stations

There will be limited water and pre-packaged food at at all 4 exchange points.  We are asking runners to be as self-sufficient as possible this year.


THERE WILL BE NO TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED THIS YEAR. You must have someone drive your shuttle for you.

Relay teams are responsible for arranging all transportation for exchange points. We recommend that you drop off Leg 2 runner at the first exchange prior to the race start. Please minimize the time you spend at each exchange, to help us manage impact to local residents.

There unfortunately will not be a post-race party this year.  Participants will receive a to-go lunch by Stewart Dietz Catering  


Awards and Divisions

Awards will be mailed 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. 

Race Start - From Twisp, head northwest 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 1/8 mile northwest 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. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY through the neighborhood! 

Results can be found at Negative Split Timing.   

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Saturday - April 24, 2021

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

(509) 996-3287