When is the race?

    November 23, 2017.  Check-in is at 6 a.m. for the marathon, which starts at 7 a.m.  Check-in for the half-marathon is at 7 a.m., and it starts at 8 a.m.

How do I register?

    We will open registration in early September.  (The race directors had a busy August)

Can I pick up my bib early?

    Not this year.  We're doing distribution on the morning of the race.  We might meet up for a pint the night before, however.

How long is this marathon?

    Exactly as long as all others: 26.2 miles.  The Wittle Waddle half-marathon is 13.1 miles.  They might both be a little long.

I meant how long do I have to finish?

    Seven hours for the marathon and six for the half.  We're leaving at 2 p.m. to go eat pie with our family.

Can I start early?

    No.  We moved up the start times this year, so essentially everyone is taking the early start.

What's the cost?

    $50.  There is no day-of-race registration without the presentation of a Benjamin and bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

Who does this benefit?

     Seattle Parks will get a chunk of change, but mostly it's just to benefit you yourself.  We're doing it as an excuse to meet more foolish runners like ourselves and fund our own running habit.  If it looks like we're in danger of actually turning too large a profit we'll buy more prizes and tasty treats for the runners and volunteers.

Where is the race?

    It will be along the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle, starting at Gas Works Park.  The course is very flat with one small, poorly-timed annoying hill at the end.  Maybe two.

What sort of support will there be?

    There will be water, sports drink and assorted "race kibble" at the Start/Finish; at the Wittle Waddle turnaround; and near the turnaround in Ballard.  Steaming hot beverages and soup will be at the end.  Look at the map for more details.

Do we get medals?

    You'll get something.  It might be a dungeness crab; it might be a blunderbuss; it might be a medal; it might be a set of ear muffs.

Will you transport drop bags?

    It's an out-and-back, so drop bags left at the start will be transported to the finish through Newton's first law of motion.

Will Giblet actually mark the course this year?

    Very funny.  In the past we have used chalk, which either washed away or stayed on the trail for a week.  This year we will have to use flagging of some variety, so it is less likely that you will find yourself at the Canadian border still looking for the turnaround point.

What will the weather be like?

    It's Seattle in November.  Plan on chilly drizzle.  Here's the current forecast.

What's this Quadzilla?  Do I have to run four marathons?

     The Quadzilla is a rare opportunity to run four marathons in four days.  There's no award for such foolishness apart from bragging rights.  You may run one, two, three, four, or zero marathons in any combination you please.  You have to register for each of the races individually, and we will have a registration form for those who are shooting for all four.  At the conclusion of the Seattle Marathon there will be a volunteer in the finish chute to give you some sort of recognition (or just catch you as you topple over).

Is there a participant cap?

    200 participants is our limit.

Come on…  But what if I really, really, really want to enter despite your being sold out?

    Sorry, but you are out of luck.  Transfers have proven to be too much of a hassle to maintain.

What's the closest airport?

    SeaTac International (SEA) is definitely the closest airport unless one owns a jet and works for the Boeing Corporation and can land at Boeing Field.  There is cheap and efficient light rail service from SeaTac Airport to downtown Seattle.

Where should I stay?

    It’s a big city, so there are lots of options.  There aren’t any that are right there at the start/finish of the Wattle Waddle, but the Hotel Deca, University Inn, and other places near the University of Washington are pretty nice, while those clustered along Highway 99 can be kind of sketchy in a “we got a deal but were up all night listening to the tweakers next door” kind of way.  If you’re in town for the Quadzilla, you might perhaps want something downtown, since your last race will be at Seattle Center and that is when you’ll want to stagger back to collapse.  The Hotel Andra and the W are funky and spendy, and the Fairmont Olympic is over the top amazing and will bankrupt you.  The Best Western, Sheraton, Hilton, etc. are what one might expect.  You're no longer allowed to fish from the windows of the Edgewater, sorry.  The most interesting B&B options might be found on Capitol Hill (the rainbow flag wavingest area of a rainbow waving city), and the highest hipsters-per-capita region (and hence the best bars) would be in Ballard or Belltown.  The Residence Inn, Courtyard, and Silver Cloud near South Lake Union would put you in the area where you’re most likely to run into Jeff Bezos or one of the two Bill Gateses (Senior and Junior), and you could kill some time by test driving a Tesla, since there’s a dealership there.  The Mariott in that area offers a discount to our runners with this link.

 What's with the goofy name?

    Opinions are divided on the origin.  Some hold that it's a mistranslation of the Coastal Salish word wawa meaning "frog" but other authorities on the subject contend that it's Algonquin for "That Billy Mills guy sure has a hot Chevy."  A fringe group contends it has something to do with turkeys.

Matt Hagen,
Sep 4, 2010, 3:44 PM