Mountain Marathon & Hillbilly Half Marathon

*** March 2, 2019 ***  

Start/Finish: Rock Candy Parking Lot, Capitol Forest

Marathon Start: 7:30AM; ½ Marathon Start: 8:30; 5K Start: 8:45







Day of Race Registration & Packet Pick-Up

Day-of-race registration and packet pick-up starts at 6AM in the Rock Candy Mountain parking area (under the large tent). 

If you are pre-registered, please bring a signed DNR waiver and a picture ID to the packet pick-up area. You will not get a bib unless you have a signed DNR Waiver. 

If you are registering on race day, please bring a completed and signed DNR waiver, a picture ID and cash or check for payment to the DOR registration table. 

DNR WAIVER (you MUST bring this to packet pick-up to claim your bib #)

Parking at Rock Candy

Parking is limited, please carpool. You must follow directions of parking assistants. Overflow parking (outside of parking lot) is only allowed on one side of the road. 


Discover Pass

All drivers must have Discover Passes displayed on their front windows. Pick yours up today! They are now transferrable to all of the vehicles you drive. http://discoverpass.wa.gov/

Packet Pick-Up

You can pick up your packets on race day starting at 6AM (ending at 7:20AM for the Marathon and 8:15AM for the half marathon). Rock Candy Mountain Parking Lot. To get your bib # (and any swag you might have ordered), you MUST bring a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) waiver and personal ID with you. You can download the DNR Waiver from the race website.

Directions to Rock Candy Parking Lot

Coming from North or South Via I-5. Exit 104 at Olympia to Hwy 101 (Ocean / Port Angeles). At interchange of 101 and Hwy 8 (Approx. 6 miles) continue forward on Hwy 8 (Towards Ocean / Aberdeen). Travel west on highway 8 for 4 miles. Exit will be in left lane. Turn left onto Rock Candy Mountain Road SW. Parking lot 100 meters from Hwy.

From Grays Harbor travel east on Hwy 12 to Elma. Continue east on Hwy 8.  Rock Candy Mountain Road SW exit is approximately 6 miles past McCleary. Turn right onto Rock Candy Mtn Rd SW

Parking at Rock Candy

There is a fair amount of parking at the Rock Candy Parking Lot. That said, we encourage you to carpool. In addition to leaving open parking spaces and being kind to our environment, it’s a great excuse to hang out with your running buddies!

Course Changes due to Inclement Weather

The PNW has been hit very hard with snow recently. This has made much of the course inaccessible. Please review the revised course maps and take some time to review and understand them. We have worked hard to develop courses with as much single track as possible. Taking time to review the map prior to the race with help all of us on race day. Maps can be found on the website and on the FB page.

Aid Stations

The half marathon will have 2 aid stations that they will visit several times. The marathon will have 3 aid stations, 2 that they will visit several times. Aid stations will be fully stocked with traditional race food. You will want to carry extra water and food to be on the safe side.

Aid Station Check-Ins

You will be asked to provide your bib # to volunteers at the aid stations every time you pass the station. Please help the volunteers and make sure that your number is visible on the front of your body.

Race Swag & Prizes

All finishers will receive a camping mug and a head buff. The top three male and female finishers in all three races will win local art made just for this event by Pope Press Olympia We will award the top 3 overall finishers in each race.

Day of Race Registration

Go for it! It’s available starting at 6AM. Save yourself some money, though, and register early!

Keeping it GREEN

We do not have cups at aid stations or at the start/finish line. PLEASE BRING A BOWL AND SILVERWARE FOR POST-RACE FOOD AND CARRY A HYDRATION PACK/HAND-HELD THAT WE CAN REFILL.  We try to keep our races as clean and green as possible. This means where we can eliminate unnecessary paper, we do.

NO littering on the trail. We ask that you PLEASE be respectful of the forest in which you are running. Pack it in, pack it out! NO littering… you will be disqualified if seen littering in our forest. We take it that seriously. There are plenty of aid stations where you can dump your junk.

Results & Photos:

2011: Race ResultsRace Photos        

2012: Race Results, Race Photos 

2013: Race Results, Race Photos 

2014: Race Results, Race Photos

2015: Race Results, Race Photos

2016: Race Results, Race Photos

2017: Race Results

2018: Race Results

This is one of the most challenging half and full marathons in Washington State. The course takes you on beautiful trails through Capitol Forest outside of Olympia, Washington. Steep climbs, technical trails, lots of mud, beautiful views... you'll work hard for this finish! 

Race supports Friends of Capitol Forest & South Sound Search & Rescue. 


Penrose Physical Therapy

No refunds, transfers or exchanges on registration fees.

*** Voted BEST TRAIL RACE in 2013 by Competitor Running ***