What is the date for the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon?

November 26, 2017

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

November 25, 2017

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

August 26, 2017

What is the date for next year's race?

The marathon is always the Sunday following Thanksgiving – November 25, 2018.

How long is a marathon?

A marathon is 26.2 miles; a half marathon is 13.1 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 2017 EXPO?

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2017 EXPO is Friday, November 24, 11:00am-8:00pm, and Saturday, November 25, 11:00am-7:00pm, at The Westin Seattle’s Grand Ballroom, 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 here.

How do I get another registration confirmation emailed to me?

You can use the "Check if you're registered" application 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 here through the close of late registration on November 16 at 11:59pm Pacific. This change will cost a $10 administrative fee if made after the end of Early Bird registration on April 31 at 11:59pm Pacific.

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.

After close of registration, you can make changes at EXPO, November 24-25, with the $10 fee.

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?

There are no Day-of-Race registration or event changes. You may register at The Westin Seattle on Friday, November 24, 11:00am-8:00pm or Saturday, November 25, 11:00am-8:00pm. Event changes may be made at this time as well.

Can I change my event?

Yes. You can change your event here through the close of late registration on November 16 at 11:59pm Pacific. After close of registration, you can change events at EXPO, November 24-25. 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.

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.


When can I pick up my Bib and Chip?

Bib and Chip Packet Pickup is on Friday, November 24, 11:00am-8:00pm, and Saturday, November 25, 11:00am-8:00pm, at The Westin 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.

Can I pick up my 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 24th or Saturday November 25th 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. 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 2017 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 2017 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?

Marathon Run at 8:15am, Half Marathon Run at 7:30am, Marathon Walk at 7:15am, Half Marathon Walk at 7:45am on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

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.


Seattle Center Monorail is a fast, direct way to travel between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center. The Monorail will open early at 6:45am on November 29th for the race. To access Westlake Center Monorail Station, please use the stairwell/elevator located on 5th Avenue between Olive Way and Pine Street (across the street from Nordstrom) and take the stairs/elevator to the 3rd floor of the Mall to the Monorail Station. The Monorail is cash only. Adult one-way is $2.25; roundtrip is $4.50. The Monorail departs approximately every 10 minutes. For more information, please visit:


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 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 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 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 Greenlake 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, 2:25 and 2:30. 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?

No. 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?

No. Strollers and baby joggers are not allowed 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 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 24-25 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 2017?

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?

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 the 4.5 Mile, 8.1 Mile, 13.1 Mile, 20 Mile, and Finish for the Full Marathon, and 4.5 Mile, 6.55 Mile, and Finish for the Half Marathon. There is no charge to receive messages, however messaging and data rates may apply.

Are there shower facilities?

There are showers facilites located inside Memorial Stadium for freshening up after the race.

What is the weather going to be like?

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 25 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 2017 Charity Partners and make a contribution.