2023 Sunflower Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Relay

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Sponsors of the 2023 Sunflower Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay

Title Sponsor: 

Methow Trails Event Sponsors:

Methow Moments tent and event rental
Cascades Outdoor Store 

We hope you can join us for the 42nd annual Sunflower Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay! 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. Elevation +2,520/-2,350.

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.

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 3:00pm.
  • Half Marathon participants are expected to be able to finish their ~13.1 mile course in 5 hours or less 
  • A relay team must have 2-5 people, and finish by 3:00pm.

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

  • Marathon
    • 8:00-8:10 - Mazama TH
    • If you are competing for any of the top 3 places in your age category, please start at 8:00 am
    • Shuttle times below
  •  Relay
    • Wave 1 - 8:00-8:10 am - Mazama TH
    • Wave 2 - 9:00-9:10 am - Mazama TH
  • Half Marathon
    • 8:00-8:30 am - Rolling start at Chickadee TH
    • Shuttle times below


  • $95 Marathon and 1/2 Marathon 
  • $70 per Relay Team member   
  • Kids 17 and under race for fee, but MUST register (includes signing online waiver) on time to participate.
 Other Registration Information
  • 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 March 25, 2022. $15 refund/transfer fee prior to March 25. 
  • 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 March 25), post-race lunch, and raffle prizes.
  • 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.

Bib Pick-Up 

  • Friday, April 28
    • Where: Mazama Store Courtyard
    • When: 5:00-7:00 pm 
    • Relay Teams must pick up their packets on Friday. Only 1 team member needs to be present.
  • Saturday, April 29-HALF MARATHON
    • Where: Chickadee Trailhead
    • When: 7:00-8:30 am 
    • We highly encourage you to grab your packet on Friday, but will have this available if you cannot make it.
  • Saturday, April 29 - MARATHON
    • Where: Mazama Community Club (red building in Mazama)
    • When: 7:00-8:30 am
    • We highly encourage you to grab your packet on Friday, but will have this available if you cannot make it.

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 - see map for exact locations

  • Goat Creek Exchange- Exchange Only
  • Hancock Springs Exchange - Full aid station with food and water.
  • Wolf Creek Exchange- Full aid station with food and water
  • Elbow Coulee Exchange - Full aid station with food and water
  • Big Buck - Water and GU station.

Transportation - Shuttle information coming soon.

  • 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.


  • Participants will receive a delicious, local lunch from Willowbrook Farms and 1 free beer from Old Schoolhouse Brewery (21 years and older).
  • Food for registered participants only. Friends and family are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.


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.   


Saturday - April 29, 2023

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Starting: Apr 29
Ending: Apr 29

(509) 996-3287