FAQ

When is the race?

    November 22, 2018.  Check-in is at 7 a.m. for the both races.  The marathon starts at 8 a.m and the half starts at 9 a.m.


How do I register?

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


Can I pick up my bib early?

    No.  We're doing distribution on the morning of the race.


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 3 p.m. to go take a relaxing bath and prepare for the Seattle Ghost.


Can I start early?

    No.  We moved the start times back because we want some sleep.  That and we're driving down a decent distance.  If you REALLY want to run and you REALLY need the extra hour email us and we'll see what we can do for you.


What's the cost?

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


How should I train for this?

    Run a little, or a lot, beforehand.  It's a flat course on asphalt, so work that StairMaster.


Who does this benefit?

     Snohomish will get a chunk of change, but mostly it's just to benefit you yourself.  We're doing it because we've been told the Quadzilla had to continue... and it's something we sometimes enjoy.


Where is the race?

    It will be along the Cenntenial Trail in Snohomish. Parking is at the Pilchuck Trailhead.


What sort of support will there be?

    There will be water, sports drink and assorted "race kibble" at the Start/Finish; there will be water where runners first get on the trail, and potentially at another spot on the trail.  There may or may not be other food items at these spots.  Steaming hot beverages and soup will be at the end, as well as some pies.  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.  There will also be signs at the important parts.


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?

    250 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 area.  We don't have any preference or recommendations.  We're not partnering with any hotels for deals or anything.  Your best bet is to search for something on Google if you need it.


 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.


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