A beautiful run past fields of tulips and lilacs
The Blooms to Brews Marathon is one of the flattest and most scenic USATF certified marathons in the country and is a Boston qualifier. You can view the USATF certification at www.usatf.org.
The Marathon begins at 7:30 AM. The course is on partially closed roads and will be open for 7 hours. During this time, you'll have full support from our medical team, volunteers, flaggers, and police officers. After 7 hours, you'll be instructed to follow the normal rules of the road as the streets will be open to the public. Their are 10 water stations on the course offering Water, Gatorade and Gummy Bears.
Participants receive: A beautiful finishers medal, quality dri-fit tank, chip timing, virtual goody bag, food, a beer, and DJ at the post-party. There are also overall and age group awards.
The Marathon begins and finishes at Horsehoe Lake, just west of I-5 at exit 21. From Horseshoe Lake, you'll head south around the open part of the lake's horseshoe and then around the lake towards the historic Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.
The run continues through the outskirts of downtown and heads out into the beautiful countryside where you'll be greeted with big open fields and a rural landscape of farmhouses, barns, and livestock. A large variety of birds are attracted to this confluence area of the Columbia River Valley.
At Dike Road, runners head north for a 6+ mile down and back the Columbia River. The route then continues south on Dike Road for almost 5 miles. At mile 15 3/4 the route will head north for a 6 mile loop, called Veterans Loop, through scenic farmlands. From mile marker 12.5 to 13.5 participants will go past 300 photos of deceased veterans who gave their lives for the United States of America. We call this the “Remembrance Mile”. Runners will then run around the 6 mile veterans loop with views of the north fork of the Lewis River. Upon crossing the dike, marathoners take a short down and back to the boat launch before setting off on the last 2 miles. For the home stretch, fields upon fields of Holland America Flower Gardens' colorful tulips spread out on both sides of the road.
Enjoy the beauty of spring in the air as you run past tulips and continue to the finish line at Horseshoe Lake to relax with a refreshing micro brew, cold root beer, or juice!