2015 Sunflower Trail Marathon and Relay
35th Annual Event
Saturday May 9, 2015
Come celebrate the 35th annual running of the Sunflower Relay and Trail Marathon! This is an incredible opportunity to run through some of the most spectacular fields of wildflowers in the Methow Valley. The trail run is marathon length, 26.2 miles running from the town of Mazama to Twisp on beautiful trails through carpeted meadows of sunflowers. Run either as an individual or form a team of 2-5 members. Team slots fill early, so get your team together today!
This unique course begins at 1900 feet elevation in Mazama and includes deer trails, cow paths, bike routes and paved roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields. At two points racers climb to 2600 feet and drop quickly to the finish at about 1600 feet in Twisp. This course traverses private property that owners generously allow use for this one day only. Please do not pre-run the course prior to or after the event. Because of the presence of livestock, dogs are not allowed to accompany their humans during the race or at the finish line.
Relay Leg Descriptions:
Leg 1 - 1.8 miles, easy - would be good for younger or beginner runner
Leg 2 - 5.7 miles, easy - flat
Leg 3 - 5.6 miles, moderate
Leg 4 - 6.6 miles, moderate
Leg 5 - 6.5 difficult - strong runner required
Marathon Course Map
Marathon Course Profile Please note the course is 26.2 miles. Course profile may vary slightly.
Exchange and Aid Stations
Exchange 1 at mile 1.8
Exchange 2 (Aid 1) at mile 7.5
Exchange 3 (Aid 2) at mile 13.1
Exchange 4 (Aid 3) at mile 19.7
Aid 4 at mile ~24
8:30 a.m. Mazama Corral Trailhead
1:30 p.m. awards, Finish-line venue in Twisp
Entry fee includes race bib, participant packet, shuttle transportation to the start venue, custom Sunflower t-shirt (for registrations before April 1st), post-race lunch, and awards.
Registration - OPENS SEPTEMBER 1st
Marathon Registration $75 Sept 1-March 31, $85 April 1-May 4th.
Team Registration $45 Sept 1-March 31, $55 April 1 until full.
TEAM REGISTRATION Closes at 120 teams. We recommend you register early!
KIDS 17 and UNDER RACE for FREE!!!!! (registration required)
*No refunds or registration transfers after April 1st , 2015. $15 refund/transfer fee required prior to April 1st.
*Race entries are valid for the registered racer only, no informal transfers please.
Packet Pick-up and Late Registration
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 8th between Winthrop Mountain Sports and Rocking Horse Bakery on Riverside Ave, Winthrop. Look for the MVSTA banners. We recommend you do a team meeting after packet pick-up.
Morning pick-up, 7:30-8:00am, May 9th (not recommended for teams) in Mazama.
Buses will depart the Twisp finishline parking area (Not Twisp Brew Pub this year!) at 7:15 a.m. sharp, Saturday morning for the race start in Mazama. Leg one team runners may take the bus to the race start. Teams must arrange transportation to the other exchange points. No return transportation will be provided from the finish to the race start. We encourage you to take the bus!
Race registration includes a lunch, catored by Twisp Brew Pub, at the race finish venue beginning at 11:30am and offered until 2:30pm. Food will be availble for racers only. Please bring a picnic lunch for family members and spectators.
PLEASE BRING LOTS OF EXTRA WATER, SUNSCREEN AND BLANKETS/CHAIRS TO THE RACE FINISH. NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE RACE COURSE, AT THE START LINE OR FINISH LINE.
Awards and Divisions
The awards ceremony will be at 1:30 pm at the finish line venue. Awards, created by local potter Jim Neupert, will be presented to the overall male and female winners plus the top three iron finishers in each age division: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. Team awards for top three traditional teams and top three open teams.
Race Start - From Twisp, head west on Hwy 20 through Winthrop approximately 21 miles. Turn right at the Mazama Junction and proceed straight to the stop sign. Go straight through the intersection and turn right into the Corral Trailhead Parking Lot.
Race Finish (and shuttle bus parking and pic-up location) - From Twisp head ¼ mile west on Hwy 20, cross bridge over Twisp River, take a immediate left on Ainsworth and a right on Berger St. After .3 mile Berger St. veers left, becomes Peters St. and turns to dirt. Follow signs to the Sunflower parking area on the right.
Results will be posted on MVSTA's results web page the evening of the race.
Low resolution photos will be posted on the MVSTA blog the evening of the race. High resolution photos for purchase available through www.mitchellimage.com .