The route follows Willow Fishhook road (aka Hatcher Pass road) all the way over the summit, and finishes at the Independence Mine State Historical Park "Bowl" parking area. The course is very mountainous, and goes relentlessly uphill for 25 miles; the last mile includes a cramp-inducing downhill, and then one last uphill grunt to the finish line. Elevation gain is close to 4,000 feet. Approximately 22 miles of it is on gravel road, the rest on pavement (at the beginning of the course). The course is slightly longer than 26.2 - it is not a certified marathon course.
Start to mile 15
HATCHER PASS MARATHON & RELAY
Where the heck am I?
Mile 15 to finish
Approximate mileage per relay leg:
First leg: 9 miles Second Leg: 8 miles Third Leg: 9.2 miles. The third leg is the most strenuous.
AID STATIONS/RELAY LEGS
Aid stations will be located at the following mile markers: 4.5, 9 (relay xchg), 13, 17 (relay xchg), 20, and 23.
BUT REALLY, HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW:
8th Annual (2018)