10th Annual Santa Runs Tacoma - Saturday, December 8, 2018 8:30am - Medal and Tee Shirt included with registration


Kids 1K Run

Tiny Tim's 1K Kids Run


Join in the fun after visiting with Santa's reindeer. This run is especially for the younger runners up to age 12.

Every kid will receive a hat and gloves, a finishers ribbon and a gift from Santa (his helpers will hand those out at the finish line).

Tiny Tim's 1k will start at 10:15am.


The course can be viewed by clicking on this map:

Half Marathon (2)

The Michelob ULTRA Tacoma City Half Marathon course now starts over the Narrows Bridge and will merge with the Marathon in the Town of Ruston.  Updated map is coming.  Please click this link to view the NEW Half Marathon Race Course HERE<<

Course maps and aid station support information
2014 Half Marathon


    The new Half Marathon course start at the Tacoma Narrows Airport


Registration Price       

  •     A transaction fee and Washington State Tax is assessed when registering online
  •     Price increases occur at 10PM (not at midnight)
  •     $5 discount provided to military personnel. Must present military ID at packet pick-up.
  •     There is no day of race registration
  •     Registration Options
Entry Fee
JULY 1st
7/2/12 - 8/31/12
9/1/12 - 12/31/12
1/1/13 - 2/28/13
3/1/13 - 4/15/13
4/16/13 - 5/1/13
Online closes at midnight on 5/1/2013
Expo Last Gasp
(5/3/13 & 5/4/13)

Start/Finish Location (google map)
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Click here for directions

Start Time
8:00 AM

The Course
2014 half marathon course will be USATF Certified and New York City Marathon Qualifier.

Gear Check

Gear check is provided for your personal items at the start line gear check tent. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib, fill out and attach to your gear check bag (using the zip tie provided in your gear check bag). Your gear check bag was given to you at packet pick up. Please do not put valuable in your bag. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. You may claim your bag after you finish by providing your bib number.

Course Support
Water, Powerbar Electrolyte, Vaseline, and Porta-Potties will be provided at all water stations. Aid Stations located at Mile 2.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 11 and a mini aid station at mile 12. Medical personnel will be on the course and at the finish.

Chip Timing
The half marathon is chip timed by Rogue Multisport.

Pacers are provided by the Half Fanatics. More information on the Pacer page.

Time Limit
There is a time limit of 4 hours for the half marathon. The course will open to traffic after 6 hours. All of those remaining on the course must move to the sidewalks and obey traffic laws. The timing mats, medical staff, and finish line amenities will remain at the finish until all participants have finished.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female winners, and to the top three overall masters male and female winners. Age group awards will be given to the top five in each of the following divisions: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-80, 80 & over.

Finisher Medal

Since the beginning of the Tacoma City Marathon Half Marathon in 2007, the half marathon medal has been just that...a half medal, partnering with the next year's half medal.

The pairs have been:

    2007 and 2008
    2009 and 2010
    2011 and 2012

How many have you collected?

Finish Line Amenities
The finish line recovery area is located adjacent to the finish line. Icelandic Glacial water, bananas, oranges, chips, chocolate milk and pizza will be available. Use your pizza ticket attached to your bib to receive a slice of pizza. Michelob ULTRA will be available in the beer garden for $2 a glass. Massage also available with suggested donation of $1/minute. Showers are available at the YMCA on 11th and Market St. (be prepared to show your bib number, ID and sign a waiver).

TCMA Elite Athlete Policy

Tacoma City Marathon Association takes pride in offering quality events, USATF certified courses, and in some cases prize money for the region’s top runners. We know that most elite athletes have day jobs, train hard and would like to be recognized for their efforts. Instead of giving out free entries to elite runners, we have found that those who pay an entry fee are more likely to show up and race. We will provide a discounted rate to those deemed elite at TCMA’s discretion. Please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As an alternative you can check with your running club for complimentary entries or discounts into TCMA events. Another option is to earn a free entry or a discounted entry. These events cannot happen without volunteers. Our volunteer incentive program is one way to give back to the running events and earn a $30.00 discount entry for a future TCMA event.




Light the Bridge 5k
February 14, 2013
St. Paddy's Day 5K-10k-Half-Marathon
March 16, 2013
*Y Run for Kids
April 13, 2013
Ruston Way 5k
April 20, 2013
Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K
May 5, 2013
*JDRF Walk
May 11, 2013
White River 5K
June 15, 2013
*Undy 5000
June 29, 2013
Independence Day 5k
July 4, 2013
Tacoma Narrows Half
August 3, 2013
*Free to Breathe 5K
September 7, 2013
You Go Girl! Half Marathon & 10K
September 15, 2013
Oktoberfest - Stein Dash 5K - Monroe
September 22, 2013
Oktoberfest - Stein Dash 5K - Puyallup
October 6, 2013
Defiance 50K, 25K, 15K
October 12, 2013
Tacoma City Turkey Trot 5K
Thanksgiving Day
Santa Runs 5K, 10k
December 15, 2012


The relationship between Marathon Maniacs and Fleet Feet Sports inspired a new venture in June of 2006. With the obvious void of distance races in Tacoma, Tony Phillippi and Paul Morrison set out to bring the marathon back to the City of Tacoma.

After joining forces to form the Tacoma City Marathon Association and in May of 2007 the marathon was back! Since then we have added new running events from 5K’s to an Ultra marathon.

In 2012 we opened up our new TCMA office above the Fleet Feet Tacoma store. With The Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics, Fleet Feet Run Club and Tacoma City Running Club it has truly become running central! Together we are committed to providing quality running events, giving our sponsors maximum exposure in conjunction with the event as well as making a positive social and economic impact on the City of Tacoma.


 The TCMA Team


Tony Phillippi

The Main Maniac / Co-Race Director

Tony ran track and played soccer in school. After a short hiatus from running, he returned to the running world. In May of 2003, Tony and two friends started the now largest marathon running club in the world called the Marathon Maniacs. The club now has over 7,000 members. In 2006 Tony also teamed up with Databar Inc. to create Databar Events! Tony has run all distances including over 200 marathons and is a 8-time Ironman finisher. He enjoys training with friends and traveling to races.


Paul Morrison

Co-Race Director

Paul has been running for over 31 years and, since the age of 12, had dreamed of opening his own running store. Fleet Feet Sports is Paul’s dream come to life, in 2012 Paul opened a second Fleet Feet store in Tacoma. An experienced runner, Paul has competed in a variety of races; however, he particularly enjoys running marathons and ultra marathons. Paul is also an avid Master’s runner and enjoys recruiting fellow Master’s runners for various (and sometimes muddy) running adventures. He frequently enjoys a Starbucks treat with his Fleet Feet friends, and spending time with his family and dogs.

Emily Tollefson

Race Coordinator

A familiar face in the Tacoma athletic community, Emily has helped numerous runners improve their performance through conditioning & strength training. A competitive triathlete herself, Emily is no stranger to athletic events. One of Emily’s first runs was the Zoo Run when she was 3 years old. She is currently training for IM Canada. As a competitor, she truly appreciates all aspects of event management and running events. She looks forward to providing the best race experience for everyone.

Claudia Hansen

Customer Support