What is the date for the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon?

December 1, 2019

The Full Marathon will start at TBA
The Half Marathon will start at TBA

What is the date for the Seattle Children's Kids Marathon?

November 30, 2019

The Kids Marathon starts at 10:00am

What is the date for the Seattle Marathon 5K, 10K & Kids Fun Run?

August 24, 2019

The 5K starts at 8:30am
The 10K starts at 9:30am
The Kids Fun Run starts at 10:30am

Participants in the 5K + 10K Combo run start the 5K at 8:30 and then start the 10K at 9:30.

What is the date for next year's race?

The marathon is always the Sunday following Thanksgiving
– Friday, November 27 - Sunday, November 29, 2020.

The summer 5K/10K/Kids Fun Run is the 4th weekend of August
- Saturday, August 22, 2020.

How long is a marathon?

A marathon is 26.2 miles; a half marathon is 13.1 miles.

A 5K race is 3.1 miles and a 10K race is 6.2 miles.

What happens if I become injured after I enter and cannot participate?

There are no medical comps, rollovers or refunds, nor can you transfer your registration to another person.

When and where is the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2019 EXPO?

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon EXPO is Friday, November 29, 11:00am-8:00pm, and Saturday, November 30, 11:00am-7:00pm, at The Westin Seattle’s Grand Ballroom (North Tower 4th Floor) 1900 5th Ave, Downtown Seattle.


How do I check to see if I'm already registered?

You can check to see if you're registered at the links below.

  • Check Marathon and Half Marathon registration here.

  • Check Kids Marathon registration here.

  • Check Summer 5k/10k registration here.

How do I get another registration confirmation emailed to me?

Follow the directions above to check to see if you're already registered. Once you confirm your registration, click on "Send confirmation email" to have a new email confirmation sent to you. Note the system can only send to the email address we have on file. If you need to change your email address, contact the SMA office by phone at 206.729.3660 or via email at

Can I make changes to my registration after I register?

Yes. To correct items such as your address, estimated time, birth date, etc. please send an email to

You can change your event by using your Athlinks credentials to log in here and selecting "Change Race" next to your registration listing. Note that you have until the close of late registration to make race changes online. After close of late registration, you will have to make any races changes in person at packet pick-up. Race changes are charged the following fees:

  • $10 - change from Full Marathon to Half Marathon

  • $30 - change from Half Marathon to Full Marathon

  • $5 - change from 10K to 5K

  • $10 - change from 5K to 10K

  • $15 - change from 10K to 15K (5K + 10K combo)

  • $10 - change from 5K to 15K (5K + 10K combo)

After close of registration, you can make changes at packet pickup.

Can I transfer my registration to another person or roll over my registration to the next year?

There are absolutely NO transfers, roll overs, or refunds given for any reason, including medical reasons. However, you can change your registration from one event to another. For example, if you registered for the marathon, you may change your registration to the half marathon. If you wish to change from the half marathon to the marathon, you would need to pay the difference between the price you paid for the half marathon and the current price for the marathon.

Can I register Day-of-Race?

Day-of-Race registration and event changes are only available for the Summer 5k/10k/Kids Fun Run and for the Kids Marathon.

There are no Day-of-Race registration or event changes for the Marathon or Half Marathon. Instead, you may register at The Westin Seattle on Friday, November 23, 11:00am-8:00pm or Saturday, November 24, 11:00am-8:00pm. Event changes may be made at this time as well.

What happens if I am unable to participate in the event after I register?

There are no refunds.

Is there a senior discount?

Yes, seniors (60+) receive $10 off their entry fee. Just check the senior discount box on the registration form to receive the senior discount. However, Senior discount is not valid in conjunction with any other discounts.

What are qualifying Elite Athlete times?

The following is our list of qualifying elite athlete times for our races.


  • 17:50 - Open Women

  • 15:45 - Open Men

  • 19:00 - Master's Women

  • 16:20 - Master's Men


  • 39:00 - Open Women

  • 34:00 - Open Men

  • 41:00 - Master's Women

  • 35:00 - Master's Men

Half Marathon

  • 1:25:00 - Open Women

  • 1:14:00 - Open Men

Full Marathon

  • 3:05:00 - Open Women

  • 2:35:00 - Open Men

Please contact with proof of your qualifying time(s) within the last 2 years for a comped entry to the corresponding race.


When can I pick up my Bib and Chip?

Marathon and Half Marathon Bib and Chip Pick-Up

  • Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, 11am-8pm

  • At The Westin Seattle (1900 5th Ave, Seattle)

  • After picking up your packet, go through the EXPO to pick up your participant shirts and Goody Bags.

  • The Seattle Westin is located at 1900 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle.

Kids Marathon Bib and Chip Pick-Up

  • Friday, November 29, 11am-8pm

  • At The Westin Seattle (1900 5th Ave, Seattle)

  • After picking up your packet, go through the EXPO to pick up your participant shirts and Goody Bags.

  • The Seattle Westin is located at 1900 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle.


  • Saturday, November 30, 7:30am-9:30am

  • At Memorial Stadium under the north bleachers

Summer 5k/10k/Kids Fun Run Bib and Chip Pick-Up

  • Sunday, August 24

  • 5K RACE: 7:00am – 8:15am, 10K RACE: 7:00am - 9:15am, Kids Fun Run: 7:00am - 10:15am

  • At Seward Park

Can I pick up my marathon race packet on Sunday?

There is no Day-of-Race Bib and Chip Packet Pick-up. All Bib and Chip Packets must be picked up on Friday November 29 or Saturday November 30 at The Westin Seattle.

Can someone else pick up my packet?

Yes. They will need your confirmation postcard or printout, or a note signed by you giving them permission to pick up your packet.

What do I do if I don't have a confirmation card/email?

All packets are organized by event and then alphabetically by last name. You will not need a confirmation card to pick up your packet if you have an ID. However, if you are picking up a packet for a friend, you will need his or her confirmation card/email or a note.


Will I get an email with my results?

If you provide an email address you will receive an email with your results, within 10 minutes of crossing the finish line.

How is this race being timed?

All events will be timed using the ChronoTrack tag technology. Each participant is given a special, unique transponder that will be used to record your start and finish time. A B-Tag timing device is incorporated into your race bib. All results are based on Gun-time; however, you will also receive an "actual time," as well as split times along the course.

In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm that throughout the race your bib is:

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso

  • Unaltered and unmodified — Do not fold or wrinkle

  • Pinned in all four corners

  • Not covered by jackets, belts, water bottles, etc.

The B-Tag is disposable — no need to return your tag after the race.

Where are the splits times recorded along the course?

Split times will be recorded at the half way point for each event.

May I use my Champion Chip?

No. This race is timed using the ChronoTrack b-tag. The timing tag is incorporated into your race bib. The two systems are not compatible.


Can the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2018 be used as a Boston Qualifier?

Yes. The Boston Marathon accepts qualifying times from the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. For a list of qualifying times, see the Boston Athletic Association website. We will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA within a couple weeks after the race.

Will the Boston Marathon check to confirm my time?

Yes. They will use the finisher list we provide them to check the time you put on your Boston Marathon registration form.

Will there be pacers for Boston qualifying times?

Yes. There are pacers for many of the Boston qualifying times, including 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25 and 4:40.


How hilly is the course?

The course is moderately hilly with long stretches of flat. There is a course map with an elevation chart included in the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2018 Event Guide. You may also view a downloadable PDF of the elevation chart on the Course Info page.

How long is the course open?

Due to traffic and safety concerns, it is necessary to officially re-open all event routes to regular vehicular traffic at 2:15pm. This allows for a 7-hour Marathon Walk finish and a 6-hour Marathon Run finish. There will be limited on-course aid stations, Course Marshals, and police support after the course closes. Participants may continue along the course after the official closure by obeying all standard traffic control devices. Finish line staff and essential services will remain until every athlete has completed the event.

Are miles and kilometers marked on the course?

Yes. There is a mile marker for every mile on the course, and there is a kilometer marker every 5 kilometers.

Where are the best places to watch the runners during the race?

There are bus-accessible locations on both the marathon and half-marathon routes: a less than half-hour ride on Metro buses near The Westin Seattle will take you to the Lake Washington Blvd-Madrona Park area, 6- or 19-mile point of the half marathon or full marathon, respectively; or to the Lake Washington Blvd-Madison Ave area, 8- or 21-mile point of the half marathon or full marathon, respectively. Buses run several times a day on Sunday to the locations and back. Visit the King County Metro website to plan the trip.


What time does the race start?

Saturday, August 24, 2019

  • 5K run/walk starts at 8:30am

  • 10K run/walk starts at 9:30am

  • Kids Fun Run starts at 10:30am

Saturday, November 30, 2019

  • Kids Marathon starts at 10:00am

Sunday, December 1, 2019

  • Full Marathon run/walk starts at 7:30am

  • Half Marathon run/walk starts at 8:00am

Where is the Start Line?

Seattle Center in front of the Experience Music Project (EMP), between Broad and Harrison on 5th Ave. A map is located in the Official Event Guide and on the Course Info page.

How far is the Start Line from The Westin Seattle?

About 3/4 of a mile.

Can I walk to the start from The Westin Seattle?

Yes. Head NORTH on 5th Ave. Follow the Monorail track (running above 5th Ave.) to the start at 5th and Harrison. The start is approximately 8 blocks from The Westin Seattle.

What about parking?

Street parking around Seattle Center is free on Sunday, and there are also several pay lots in the area. Make sure to allow enough time to find a parking space and walk to the start line. For more info, see the parking map and parking directions on the Course Info page.

Are there buses/shuttles?

The Seattle Marathon Association does not provide shuttle service to the start. However, we do provide shuttle service from the Victory Recovery Area to The Westin Seattle after the race. The shuttle is free for participants and $2 for family and friends. Metro Transit provides bus service to the Seattle Center. See their website for details.


What awards will be given out?

The top 3 men and women overall, the top Master Man and Woman and the top three active military men and women will be given awards. Also, Age Division Awards in 5-year age groupings will be given. Age divisions are as follows: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85 and over. There will be awards for wheelchair participants.

Do you offer prize money?

No. The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is a family-oriented event designed to appeal to all categories of runners and walkers and, as such, does not offer monetary awards.

Do you give awards to walkers?

No. The walking events are non-competitive and have no awards. However, walkers will be timed and do receive the same finisher medal and amenities as the runners.

When will I get my age division award?

Awards will be mailed out 2 weeks after the event.

Is the finisher medal the same for walkers and runners?

Yes. The medal is the same.


Do I get a shirt with my marathon entry or do I have to pay extra for it?

Registered participants receive a long-sleeved technical fabric shirt with their entry. Pick up your participant shirt at EXPO after you pick up your race packet. Additional souvenir-type Finisher shirts may be purchased, as well as other merchandise including hats and sweatshirts, online at, at EXPO and the Victory Recovery Area in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

How do I get a Marathon Finisher Shirt?

You may pre-order finisher shirts when you register for the event. Or, you may purchase them at On event weekend, Finisher Shirts will be available for purchase at the merchandise booth at EXPO as well as the merchandise booth in the Victory Recovery Area. However you are not guaranteed a shirt unless you pre-order. Limited sizes and quantities are available on event weekend. After the event when all pre-ordered shirts have been picked up, all remaining shirts will be available for purchase or by contacting the SMA office.

Where do I pick up my Marathon Finisher Shirt?

Finisher Shirts will be available for pickup in the Bib & Chip Packet Pickup area. Please pick up your packet first then your finisher shirt. Then proceed to EXPO to get your goody bag and participant shirt.


Will there be pacers?

Yes. The Seattle Green Lake Running Group will be our pacers this year for the Full and Half Marathon. They will be providing pacers for a Half Marathon finish time of 1:30, 1:35, 1:45, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30 and 2:50. Full Marathon pacers will be provided for finish times of 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25 and 4:40.


Can I bring my MP3 player?

The answer is a qualified yes. The use of headsets is allowed during the race until 2:15pm when the course re-opens to traffic. As a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), we follow their guidelines on headset use. RRCA does not encourage headphone use during its member races but does not disallow them as long as they are used safely. For this reason, SMA will allow headsets on the course only if it does not pose a safety risk. For safety reasons, it may be necessary for a course official to ask you to remove your headset/earphones during the race. You are required to comply or face disqualification and removal from the course.

Can I bring my Nordic Walking Stick?

Yes. Participants of the Marathon Walk and Half Marathon Walk are welcome to use walking sticks; however, please be courteous and mindful of participants around you.

Can I bring my dog?

For the Summer 5K/10K, dogs are allowed.

For the Marathon, dogs are not allowed anywhere on the course, at the finish in Memorial Stadium or in the Victory Recovery Area.

Can I bring my baby in a stroller/jogger?

For the Summer 5K/10K, strollers are allowed.

For the Marathon, strollers are not allowed anywhere on the course.

Can I bring my bike/skates/skateboard?

No. No wheels are allowed on the course except for registered wheelchairs and official course vehicles.


How far is it to the airport from the marathon finish line?

The finish line is 15.5 miles from Sea-Tac airport and estimated travel time without traffic is approximately 30 minutes.

Where can I sign up to volunteer?

Sign up online, or call the Seattle Marathon Association office to sign up as a volunteer. You may also sign up at EXPO on November 29-30 at The Westin Seattle. Go to the Info Booth to get signed up.

What energy drink will be provided at the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2018?

Lemon - Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula.

What should I wear during the Run/Walk?

Breathable clothing such as Polypropylene and Coolmax are materials that wick away moisture and keep you at a comfortable temperature. Avoid cotton. Be aware that long runs may cause chafing. Wear appropriate clothing.

Where can I put clothing for after the race?

For the Summer 5K/10K, there will be a bag check tent near the registration area.

For the Marathon, there will be an area for checking clothing at Memorial Stadium in the north side bleachers. A bag for clothing check is available in the Registration Room when you pick up your bib and chip. Bags will also be available on Sunday morning at the clothing check area at Memorial Stadium. Clothing check opens at 6:00am.

Will there be live tracking?

Yes. You can receive Athlete Updates from the course by signing up with ChronoTrack. A link will be provided in November. 

You will set up an account (if you don't already have one) to establish which runners you will be tracking and how you would like to receive updates. Your options are via Text, Facebook, and Twitter. Notifications will come from various points on the course and finish line. There is no charge to receive messages, however messaging and data rates may apply.

Are there shower facilities?

For the Marathon, there are showers facilities located inside Memorial Stadium for freshening up after the race.

What is the weather going to be like?

For the Summer 5K/10K/Kids Fun Run, historically, late August weather in Seattle is sunny and in the mid-70s.

For the Marathon, historically, late fall weather in Seattle is cloudy but calm with temperatures in the low to mid-40s. Always expect rain.

What time and where is the pasta dinner?

The Carbo Load dinner is at 6:00pm on Saturday, November 24 at The Westin Seattle.

What is the Charity Partner Program? How can I make a donation to a Charity Partner?

Participants have an option to donate to the Charity Partner of their choice via the charity's event Crowdrise page. You may also make donations to featured charity partners when you register for your event online. The Charity Partner program is an optional program, and participants are able to contribute directly to the charity of their choice and 100% of the donated amount goes directly to the charities. The race registration fees are used to cover the administrative and operational expenses of the event. When you make a donation to a Charity Partner, you are making a contribution that is separate from the registration fee. You are welcome to view the list of our 2019 Charity Partners and make a contribution.