Guide to 2021 Seattle Marathon Events Thanksgiving Weekend

Two runners with marathon numbers run in front of Seattle's Gas Works Park
The big 26.2-mile race starts at Gas Works Park Sunday. | Photo via Seattle Marathon

On your marks, get set, lessgo. The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon takes place this Sunday, bringing the in-person race back after it was canceled last year.

The marathon is a longtime local tradition, dating back to 1970 when there were only about 40 participants. From those humble roots, it has grown into one of the premier races in the Pacific Northwest, with upwards of 15,000 runners annually. 👟

But there’s so much more surrounding this marathon than a single 26.2-mile run. Starting Friday, those looking to burn off some Thanksgiving calories can find a whole host of fun fitness-related activities for all ages. Here’s the rundown.

Shop ‘til ya drop 🛍️

From Fri., Nov. 26-Sat., Nov. 27, there’s a fitness expo at the Westin downtown on 5th Ave. Anybody is welcome to swing by, sample some health food snacks, peruse running apparel, and get info on upcoming regional races.

Seattle kids marathon 🏆

This program encourages children from kindergarten through eighth grade to complete the total length of a marathon at their own pace, running one mile at a time each day over the course of several months. On Sat., Nov 27 at Gas Works Park, the lil’ speed demons will run the final 1.2-mile stretch, with others welcome to join them. 

The main event 🎽

The full and half marathons start bright and early Sunday at 6 a.m. While there are no cheer stations this year, those who want to watch the race live can still sign up to volunteer at a water station, and fans can trace the route online here.

And if all this running talk has inspired you to train for a future race, here are a few to mark on your motivational calendar. *Cue “Rocky” theme* 💪