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Dog Lake Marathon | Half Marathon
October 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
An event every year that begins at 9:00 am on day second of October, repeating until October 14, 2023
Both USATF certified races start at 9:00 a.m. at NF-540 (big quarry pit, south side of the rd.) and Highway 12, near the Dog Lake, Washington, campground two miles east of the White Pass Ski Area. Look for DOG LAKE MARATHON signs marking the entrance of the start location. Race cutoff times are 3 hours for the half and 5 hours for the full. The course loops around Clear Lake and the half marathoners finish at Silver Beach Resort and the west end of Rimrock Lake. The marathoners continue along Rimrock Lake down toward Trout Lodge. The first 5.75 miles downhill are steep and fast (-200 ft/mi). If you train for it, you can expect to run the first six miles 20-40 seconds/mile faster than race pace. However, if you aren’t careful, you’ll run too fast and end up with an elevated heart rate and with lactic acidosis.
The middle 13 miles around Clear Lake and past Rimrock Lake are slightly hilly with a few surprises, notably a 180-foot hill (+8.5% grade) just after mile 12. Walking that hill is recommended. The last 7 miles through the Rimrock tunnel and along the Tieton River are gently sloping downhill (-100 ft/mi) but are a refreshing finish to a great run. Most of the race is on asphalt but miles 10-12 around the east side of Clear Lake are on a gravel or dirt forest road.
With a net elevation loss of approximately 2,075 feet, from 4,325 feet to 2,250 feet, the race compares to the Top of Utah Marathon (5,636 ft to 4,542 ft, net loss 1,094 ft) and the St. George Marathon (5,240 ft to 2,680 ft, net loss 2,560 ft), only it’s more scenic.
The course is open to traffic with flaggers at the Rimrock tunnel, although Saturday morning eastbound traffic is very light. Everyone must run on the eastbound shoulder (south side) of Highway 12. Safety is paramount, so be sure to wear bright clothing. Race shirts are usually bright orange to notify both drivers and hunters.
Be aware the course is open to traffic. However, Yakima County Sheriff flaggers will be at the start of the race and at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Tieton Road stopping traffic for runners. Due to detours from Hwy 12 to Tieton Road this year, deputy sheriffs will be stopping/slowing traffic at certain points along the course and a patrol car will be guiding traffic slowly along Tieton Rd. to keep runners safe. All runners must run on the eastbound shoulder (south side) of Highway 12. There will be signs along the course and volunteers directing runners. Safety is paramount, so be sure to wear bright clothing. As race day approaches, be sure to monitor the traffic cam at White Pass.
The average low at White Pass for race day is 32 degrees. The average high is 47. Average temperatures near Trout Lodge are a couple of degrees warmer than White Pass. Remember to dress in layers.
Due to construction on Highway 12, there are changes to both the half and the full marathon routes in 2018. Both races will start 0.5 miles west of White Pass Ski Resort on the north side of Highway 12. Look for our DOG LAKE MARATHON signs to signal the start location. Sheriffs will be on location to stop traffic as racers cross the Highway to run on the eastbound side of the road. Racers will continue for the next 8.45 miles to the intersection of Tieton Rd. and HWY 12. Again, Yakima County sheriffs will be on hand to stop traffic and allow racers to cross the intersection. Half marathoners will continue through the intersection and stay on the eastbound shoulder of Hwy 12 as they run to the turn-around point just past mile 11. They will retrace their steps for the final 2.1 miles and finish their race behind Silver Beach Resort.
Full Marathoners will turn right at the Tieton Road turn-off and continue running on the east shoulder against traffic. BE AWARE, there will be a patrol car along the Tieton Rd. slowly guiding cars due to the detour. Full marathoners will run the next 6.5 miles around the Tieton Loop and through the campgrounds before ending up on HWY 12 again. The rest of the route will be along Hwy 12 headed east to the turn-around point just before mile 21. The final 5.2 miles they will be retracing their steps to the finish behind Silver Beach Resort. YES, both races will end at Silver Beach Resort.
Your packet will be at the location you selected during registration.
Tri-Cities: Oasis Physical Therapy in Pasco 10/12 8 am-4 pm
Yakima: Vaux Shoes 10/13 12-1:30 pm
White Pass Ski Lodge: 10/13 6-8 pm (across the street from the Inn)
Race Day: Silver Beach Resort parking lot 7-8 am
Your packet bag is labeled and is also your drop-off bag in case you want to shed clothing at the start of the race.
Please DO NOT contact any of these locations directly about packet pick-up. If you have questions, please contact Kate at 509-200-9726 or Ashley at 509-222-4625.
Parking will be available behind Silver Beach Resort on the bed of Rimrock Lake. Please DO NOT park in front of the motel. No parking will be permitted at the start of the race. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.
Transportation will be provided to the beginning of the race. Two shuttles will leave from Silver Beach at 7:45 am and again at 8:30 am. Due to the construction on HWY 12 and the detour, please consider the extra drive time it may take to meet the shuttles.
Aid Stations/Portable Toilets
Half: 2.5, 7.25, 9, 11, finish. Aid stations will have water/Gatorade and basic first aid supplies. Aid stations at 9 and 11 will have Gu as well.
Full: 2.5, 7.25, 11.5, 15.5, 17.5, 21, 24, finish
In addition to water and gatorade, select aid stations will have gu, gummy bears and pretzels.
Portable toilets are available at the start of the race, behind Silver Beach Resort and at the half marathon turn-around mile 11 (17.5 for full).
Due to road detours this year, and to keep runners safe, no spectators are allowed at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Tieton Road. You can still drive down Tieton Road to cheer on the marathon runners, however, be aware there will be added traffic due to the construction detour and we ask that drivers consider the safety of the runners on the road. Spectators are welcome to park behind Silver Beach Resort and cheer runners on as they come into the finish. Runners that have contact with spectators at any other point in the race may be disqualified. Course officials will be noting splits at various aid stations.
Race Cutoff Times
Because this is a point-to-point race that is open to traffic, the half marathon cutoff time is 3:00:00 and the full marathon cutoff time is 5:00:00 or your Boston Marathon Qualifying time, whichever is greater. There is no early start.
To confirm event status (sold out, cancellations, COVID restrictions, etc.), be sure to visit the event website above.