On the drive up to Mary's Birthday Marathon in June of 2007 Monte Pascual and I decided that we needed a local (Seattle area) marathon in mid-August, so here it is, the Rattlesnake Lake Marathon.
The Rattlesnake Lake Marathon will start on Sunday August 19, 2007 at 7:00 AM. Start and Finish are located at Rattlesnake Lake just outside of North Bend. The course will consist of two out-and-back legs on the scenic forested Snoqualmie Valley and Iron Horse trails respectively, both well-maintained rail trails with a constant 2% gradient and a hard-packed gravel surface. Aid stations at 5, 10, 15, 18 and 21 miles will offer Gatorade and water along with an assortment of calorific comestibles. Following the race, lunch will be provided to those who would like it.
The Rattlesnake Lake Marathon is a little marathon. No race packet, timing chip, T-shirt, finishers medal, space blanket, brochures for other races or little packets of skin cream will be provided, nor will there be awards to age-group winners or first-place finishers. It is unlikely that there will be any spectators along the route cheering you on. On the other hand, the course will be measured (though not certified) and each mile marked; you'll have no trouble finding your way; the course is scenic and mostly shady, the weather is likely to be pleasant; you can rinse off in spring-fed Rattlesnake Lake afterwards; you won't generate alot of greenhouse gases getting there (at least from the Seattle area) and last but not least, the race will be continue to be free to participants.
Advance registration for the Rattlesnake Lake Marathon is strongly encouraged. Due to permit restrictions the size of the race is limited to no more than 40 runners so if you would like to participate, please email Race Co-director Brian with your name, email address and contact phone number in case we need to notify you of any late-breaking changes.
Participants in the Rattlesnake Lake Marathon acknowledge that running any marathon is an extreme test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury and property loss. PARTICIPANTS IN THIS EVENT ASSUME ALL RISKS OF SUCH PARTICIPATION. Participants certify that they are physically fit and sufficiently trained to complete such portion of this event as they choose to complete. By electing to participate in this event, the participant waives, releases and discharges from any and all claims, losses or liabilities for death, personal injury, partial or permanent disability, property damage, medical or hospital bills or theft which may arise out of or relate to participation in this event. Participants agree not to sue, and to hold harmless any and all persons, sponsors, volunteers, participants or government agencies for any and all claims or liabilities that they have waived, released or discharges by their participation in the Rattlesnake Lake Marathon.