Beat The Blerch is a series of 10K, half, and full marathons created by The Oatmeal and inspired by this comic about running.
Our Carnation, Washington race will take place in a quaint little town located about 35 minutes outside of Seattle. Here’s a map.
It begins at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park, and it’s a beautiful flat, out-and-back course that winds its way through evergreen, mossy forests along the Snoqualmie valley trail. Near the starting line of the race are strawberry farms and pumpkin patches, which offer guided tours in case you’re still up for a bit of walking after the race.
King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park
31020 NE 40th Street
Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM (PDT)
The race starts and finishes at Tolt McDonald Park, located at 31023 NE 40th St, Carnation WA 98014. Please do not drive to the park, unless you purchased a parking pass. More info on parking passes below.
It begins at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park, and it’s a beautiful flat, out-and-back gravel trail that winds its way through evergreen, mossy forests along the Snoqualmie valley trail. Please note that for both the half marathon and the 10K, participants will start in waves of about 150 to 200 people, spaced approximately 2-3 minutes apart.
Pre-race emails will be sent out to all participants twice.
Packet pickup will be held at Greenlake Road Runner Sports, located at:
Packet pickup will run Thursday, September 14th and Friday, September 15th from 10am to 7pm. You can come to either day.
Thank you to Road Runner Sports for sponsoring Beat the Blerch and hosting packet pickup for the fourth straight year!
If you did not buy a parking pass, please use one of the many free parking options outside of Tolt-McDonald Park. The closest and largest free parking location is the Carnation off-leash dog park. Click here to view a map of available parking locations. Please note that you cannot come into the park without a parking pass, even to drop off runners.
If you bought a parking pass when you registered, you will receive it via email one week prior to the race. You will need to print it out and place it clearly on the day of the race.
There is a free gear check for all participants to use. To use the gear check, you must provide your own bag. Beat the Blerch is not responsible for any lost, missing or stolen items.
They will be stocked with water, energy bars or gels, magical flavored beverage, Nutella sandwiches, and birthday cake. 10K runners will hit the aid station once at mile 3. Half marathon runners will hit aid stations at mile 3, 6, 7.2, and 10.1. Marathon participants will hit the aid stations at mile 1.5, 4.3, 7.5, 10.3, 12, 15, 18, 20 and 23.
We need your help! Many people choose to volunteer one day and run on the other day of this fun-filled weekend. Many volunteer positions are available, including:
You’ll receive…a custom Beat The Blerch shirt, race day all the cake you can eat and numerous high-fives!