2014 Sunflower Trail Marathon and Relay
34th Annual Event
Saturday May 10, 2014
Winthrop Mountain Sports
Come celebrate the 34th 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 just over marathon length, 26.7 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.
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.
Leg 1 - 2.3 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
Course Profile Please note the course is really 26.7 miles. Course profile may vary very slightly.
Total miles, 26.7; aid stations provided at the end of legs 2, 3, 4 and around mile 24.
Total elevation gain: ~1807 feet
Total elevation loss: ~2240 feet
8:30 a.m. Mazama Corral Trailhead
1:30 p.m. awards, Finish-line venue in Twisp
Cost & Registration - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Entry fee includes registration, race bib, and participant packet, shuttle transportation to the start venue, custom Sunflower t-shirt (with early registration only), post-race lunch, and awards.
Online Registration - Individual and Team
Marathon Start and Finish Directions
Relay Team Captain Instructions - read these before registering your team
Relay Participant Waiver Form
Relay Team Driving Directions
Registration ($75 Marathon, $45 Team)
KIDS 17 and UNDER RACE for FREE!!!!! (registration required)
** no race tee shirts available after April 12th
Late registration ($85 Marathon, $55 Team)
Packet Pick-up and Late Registration
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 9th 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. "Beer Bucks" available for Old Schoolhouse Brewery at packet pick-up.
Check out the SALOMON demos at the packet pick up and the race finish!!!!!!
7:30 - 8:15a.m. May 10th, Mazama Store and Goat's Beard courtyard.
Marathon and Team Information
IF IT IS GOING TO BE A HOT DAY! PLEASE BRING LOTS OF EXTRA WATER, SUNSCREEN AND BLANKETS/CHAIRS TO THE RACE FINISH. NO DOGS ALLOWED BEYOND PARKING AREA (MUST BE ON LEASH) PLEASE.
Exchange and Aid Stations
Exchange 1 at mile 2.3
Exchange 2 (Aid 1) at mile 8.0
Exchange 3 (Aid 2) at mile 13.6
Exchange 4 (Aid 3) at mile 20.2
Aid 4 at mile ~24.0
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.
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 historical 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 .