Mount Rainier Half Marathon - Visit Rainier

Mount Rainier Half Marathon

july 2022

16jul6:00 AM11:00 AMMount Rainier Half MarathonRun a scenic course with views of Mt. Rainier as you pass over rivers and through meadows on a mix of pavement, gravel, and trails.

Event Details


Mount Rainier Half Marathon

Run through the community of Ashford, Washington near the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. Experience beautiful pacific northwest landscapes as you run through forests, among wildflowers, ferns, and lush undergrowth, over streams and rivers all the while catching glimpses of Mount Rainier.


The first mile has runners heading west with Rainier at their back on Hwy 706 (National Park Hwy). This section is on road. Shortly after Mile 1, runners turn onto a dirt trail through some private property to tie into some dirt roads through the trees. Runners will be on dirt roads until just past Mile 8. Around Mile 3 runners will cross Nisqually River for the first time and hit the first aid station.

Runners will continue south on the dirt roads, hitting the first of two good climbs near Mile 4. The second aid station will be near Mile 5. At about Mile 6 runners will hit the second (and more significant of the two) hills, climbing around 300ft in a mile (it gets steeper at about 6.5). It can be harder going up a mountain than down, but the views are better at the top. From about mile 7 to 8 is a pretty good downhill, then the course is pretty level from there to the finish. The third aid station will be waiting for you at the top of the hill near Mile 7.

The course will change from dirt road back to pavement just past Mile 8. Runners will hit the fourth aid station just before crossing the Nisqually River for the second time near Mile 9. The course hops back onto Hwy 706 briefly before taking some side roads up to Ashford County Park where the finish line is.

Spectators are welcome at the Mount Rainier Half Marathon! Please stick to the parking area designated for you on race morning. You will be located within walking distance to both the start and finish lines. 

The half marathon race starts at 6:00 AM in the parking lot at Ashford County Park on July 16, 2022. Runners should expect heavy traffic getting to the starting line.

Mount Rainier Half Marathon


(Saturday) 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Ashford County Park

29801 SR 706 Ashford, WA 98304


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