The Super Fast Half and Marathon are Just That

The Super Fast Half, held Saturday, June 26 claims to be one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country while the Super Marathon, held Sunday, June 27 is a Boston qualifier course with a qualifying rate of over 34 percent. These races in the Washington Cascade Range kick off the Cascade Super Series, which also hosts events in September. The Super Fast Half participants will enjoy 13.1 miles of scenic downhill with gorgeous views of the Cascade Mountains as they run down the gravel trail on this point-to-point course. This is the only half marathon course that features a run through the famous 2.4-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel. The event profile shows 800 feet of gradual descent.

The fastest male finishing time in 2019 was 1:12:13 while the fastest female finished fourth overall with a time of 1:25:39.

The Super Marathon runners can expect 26.2 miles of scenic downhill with similar views that the half marathoners experience. The marathon course has 1,500 feet of gradual net downhill. The fastest male finishing time in 2019 was 2:35:46 while the fastest female finished with a time of 2:48:00. Both courses have runners gliding across railroad tressels, skirting waterfalls, and taking in endless mountain vistas.

In the fall, consider the Cascade Express Half and Cascade Express Marathon held on September 18 and 19, and the Cascade Super Ultra 50M and 50K held September 25.

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Paul Lieto

Paul Lieto is the Editor for RaceCenter Magazine. He currently lives in Bend, OR where he writes, runs trails and rides dirt.