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The Governor Hotel is the official
hotel of the Capital City Marathon.
Click here to reserve a room
at the special rate for participants,
which includes late check out!

The Capital City Marathon Association is thrilled to host Olympian Jeff Galloway again in 2018! Known as "America's coach," Galloway has trained more than 1 million runners and made distance running accessible to virtually anyone through his run/walk Galloway Method. He ran with Steve Prefontaine, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and Amby Burfoot when the United States was a leading power in distance running. At the age of 71, Galloway continues to run six days per week and 12 marathons a year.

As he did last year, Jeff will speak at the pre-race dinner.

Jeff Galloway endorses the Capital City Marathon! (mp4)

Running School: Sign up for Jeff Galloway's Running School on Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 - 11:30 at the Governor Hotel. Space is limited. For more information and to register visit Jeff Galloway's website.

Pre-race dinner and talk: Mr. Galloway will give an inspirational talk at our pre-race dinner being held at Waterstreet Café at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. This was one of the highlights of the weekend for many of last year's participants. Seating is limited; register soon.

Race Start Times and Locations

Time: 7:00 a.m.
Start: Washington Street between Legion Way and 7th Avenue
Runners must be at least 16 years old.

Marathon pacers will be provided by Club Oly Road Runners
Pace times will be: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00.

Half Marathon
Time: 7:45 a.m.
Start: Washington Street between Legion Way and 7th Avenue
Runners must be at least 14 years old.

Half marathon pacers will be provided by Club Oly Road Runners
Pace times will be: 1:45, 2:00, 2:15.

Five Miles
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Start: Washington Street between Legion Way and 7th Avenue

FREE Kids Run
4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19th
1.2 miles at Heritage Park (Olympia, WA)
Race open to anyone 8th grade and younger.

The Kids Run is free to all participants, thanks to Budd Bay CPA. Parents don't register for the kids run. Parents may run with their child, but please do not run through the finish line.

Kids - Run your first marathon - one mile at a time. Log your first 25 miles as you run them before May 19th, then finish the final 1.2 miles in the Kid's Run and receive a special prize. Print the Kid's Run mileage checkoff and turn it to pick up the prize.


No Day-of-Race registration, race changes only.

No refunds, substitutions, or carry-overs.

For safety and insurance reasons: no dogs, no strollers, no bicycles, no roller blades, no in-line skates, and no wheeled vehicles (except registered wheelchairs). Violators may be disqualified.

The use of personal music devices are strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Capital City Marathon Association encourages a headphone-free environment while running any of the races.

There are no walking categories, but walkers are welcome in the Half Marathon and Five Miler.

Runners must be at least 16 years old to run the Marathon and at least 14 years old to run the Half Marathon.

Marathon runners must maintain a pace of 14:30 minutes per mile (or faster) to complete the event before the course closes at 1:30 p.m. (approx. 6 1/2 hours). Runners unable to maintain a 14:30 pace should enter the Half Marathon.

Number of runners — We expect to have about 350 in the Marathon, 1,400 in the Half Marathon, and 600 in the Five Mile.

Training groups for the Marathon and Half Marathon begin the second week in January. 

Beer Tent Following success last year, we plan to offer a beer tent again in 2018. Details will be posted here as they become available.

Packet Pick-up

Packet pick-up for the five mile, half marathon, and marathon is 12:00 - 5:00 on Saturday, May 19th, and from 6:00 - 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20st, at Sylvester Park on Washington Street between Legion and 7th in downtown Olympia. Participants may pick up packets for other participants.

Packet pick-up for the Kids Run is 2:30 - 3:45 on Saturday, May 19th at Heritage Park near Water Street and 5th Avenue SW in downtown Olympia.


Timing Chip is built into the race number. No Chip—No Time!

Race Number is to be pinned to the front of your running shirt and must be visible.

Clothing Storage will be provided at the Registration area and Mile 4 drop-off (clothing from Mile 4 will be returned to the Registration area). DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES and/or irreplaceable items.

Lost & Found will be located in the Registration area race weekend. Starting Monday after the race, the Lost & Found will be moved to South Sound Running.

Free Massages will be provide by Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage.


Certified Distance — The Capital City Marathon is the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles. The course is sanctioned and certified by United States Association of Track and Field (USATF). Results are sent to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) to confirm Boston Marathon qualification.

  • Marathon Certification Number: USATF WA14002LB

  • Half Marathon Certification Number: USATF WA14003LB

  • Five-mile Certification Number: USATF WA14004LB

The course will be clearly marked and monitors will be at all major intersections. Mile markers will be at each mile point.

Aid Stations will be placed at two-mile intervals and Mile 25, featuring drinking water and electrolyte replacement fluid (Ultima). Sponge stations will be located at various points along the course.

Recyclable cups at the water stops --
Along with supporting local businesses, the Capital City Marathon keeps garbage to a minimum. The cups at the water stops for the training group and for the three running events look like the old styrofoam, but they are actually 100% recyclable. It's a new technology approved by the EPA, FDA, Health Canada and Environment Canada, and Harvard as a product that is non-toxic and does not constitute a danger to the environment or human health.

We recycled 15,000 cups, provided by Dart in Tumwater, used for the 2016 Capital City Marathon and Half Marathon training runs and the marathon events. Click here for more details about the recycling efforts.

The cups were donated by DART, where they are also recycled. See more information:

GU will be available at miles 12 and 18.

Medical supplies will be located at Mile 22 and the finish.  Volunteers for aid stations will have band-aids, Vaseline, and tape. Vehicles to transport non-finishers to the Finish area will be available from water stations when necessary.

Sani-Cans will be located at the starting area and every two miles on the course.

Awards, Results & Photography


Three major awards are given for each race:

  • Overall (fastest man and woman)
  • Masters (fastest man and woman, age 40+)
  • Grand Masters (fastest man and woman, age 50+)

Awards are also given three deep in five-year age divisions:

  • Marathon and half marathon - the divisions begin with "19 and under" and end at "80 and over".
  • The five mile race has the above age divisions as well as "14 and under" and "15 - 19".

The major award winners are factored out of the age group divisions.

A runner can only receive one award.

Race award winners are determined as follows - in the following order: 1) Race winners (first man, first woman) receive Overall awards; 2) Fastest man and woman 40 years of age and above receive Master awards; 3) Fastest man and woman 50 years of age and above receive Grand Master awards; 4) Three fastest runners in each age division receive age group awards.

9:15 5-mile age group awards available
10:15 Half Marathon age group awards available
11:15 Marathon age group awards available

Area runners not picking up their awards race day in the park can pick them up at South Sound Running stores in Olympia, Ruston, and Puyallup.

Results will be posted in the park on race day, published in the Olympian on Monday following the race, and available on our website.

Event Photography
Capital City Marathon is proud to announce that race photos will be free to participants as a digital download! Photographers will be on the race course for the marathon, half marathon, five miler, and kids run taking the same fun and exciting images of you that you expect. The Capital City Marathon will allow you to download your images for free!

Directions, Hotel, Parking, Pre-Race Dinner, Restaurants

Directions to Registration/Sylvester Park—I-5 Northbound or Southbound: Take Exit 105 "State Capitol" exit. Turn right on Capitol Way and travel 8 blocks. Sylvester Park is right across the street from the Governor Hotel.

Lodging—The host hotel is the Governor Hotel. For information or additional lodging options, visit the Olympia/Thurston Chamber of Commerce.

Parking will be available within walking distance of the start. Parking is allowed on local streets without having to pay the parking meters. The event is held on a Sunday, so please do not park in church parking lots.

Jeff Galloway will give an inspirational talk at our pre-race dinner being held at Waterstreet Café at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. This was one of the highlights of the weekend for many of last year's participants. Seating is limited; register soon.

Restaurants—There are a number of nice restaurants and coffee shops downtown Olympia (see below), some within walking distance from Sylvester Park.

  • Anthony's Hearthfire Grill, 1675 Marine Dr. NE, 360-705-3473

  • Anthony's Homeport, 704 Columbia Street NW, 360-357-9700

  • Batdorf & Bronsons, 516 Capitol W S 360-786-6717

  • Basilico Ristorante Italiano, 507 A Capitol Way, 360-570-8777

  • Bud Bay Cafe, 525 Columbia St. NW, 360-357-6963

  • Happy Teriyaki, 106 Legion Way SE, 360-705-8000

  • Oyster House, 320 4th Ave. W, 360-753-7000

  • Starbucks, 550 Capitol Way S, 360-753-7771

  • Trinacria, 113 Capitol Way N, 360-352-8892

  • Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way SE, 360-943-9242

  • Waterstreet Cafe & Bar, 610 Water Street SE, 360-709-9090.

For more information about downtown and dining options, please see the Olympia Downtown Association's Downtown Shopping and Dining Guide.


The Capital City Marathon Association is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization. The coordinators of the event take time out of their personal and professional lives to make this event happen each year. We also have approximately 600 volunteers who help make the event an annual success. Volunteer sign-up is now available online. To volunteer, please choose the Volunteer link on our registration page.

All volunteers will be required to read and agree to the Volunteer Code of Conduct. Your station captain will have the form for you to sign before you begin your shift. Please read this Code of Conduct document prior to race day.

Headphone Guidelines from Road Runners Club of America

We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.

Runner safety has always been and will continue to be a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.