Overall Rating
Overall Rating (14 Reviews)
4.9
(14 Ratings)(14 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.6
SCENERY
4.1
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.4
The Windermere Marathon point-to-point course is scenic and fast with an overall net elevation drop of over 200 feet, which is ideal for setting Personal Records. The Full Marathon starts at beautiful Rocky Hill Park in Liberty Lake, WA. Start running through the upscale neighborhoods of Liberty Lake along golf … MORE
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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great course on a bike path, which reminded me of the rail to trail in northern va where I run frequently. Impossible to get lost, can see other runners; instead … MORE

    Great course on a bike path, which reminded me of the rail to trail in northern va where I run frequently. Impossible to get lost, can see other runners; instead of out and back, it was out and back past the finish and another out and back, which added mental interest.

    The Spokane River is gorgeous, and a large stretch was shaded as well. There was a stretch by I 90 which was less exciting, but still not too hilly (garmin says 540 feet elevation gain). Being an east coaster, I struggled with the dry desert air (especially since it’s spring ) It felt very exposed and hot towards the end, but the aid stations had chilled water which I poured over my head and it felt amazing.

    The shirt and medal are lovely, packet pick up was smooth; it was a good sized race and there were even spectators playing the pan flute and holding signs.

    I obviously didn’t love the pandemic, but one positive aspect is the rolling corrals for the start. As the anchorage reviewer mentioned, it created a nice distribution of runners as we ran and at the finish.

    My only small complaint is that I didn’t get any photos, and they were supposed to be Finishline photos.

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    ssimpson907 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I traveled to this race from Anchorage, Alaska, and was so impressed! The course was a covid-friendly out and back along the scenic Centennial Trail. There are hills, but they … MORE

    I traveled to this race from Anchorage, Alaska, and was so impressed! The course was a covid-friendly out and back along the scenic Centennial Trail. There are hills, but they are short and pretty gentle grade (I actually prefer this kind of variety as opposed to dead flat). The organizers had the most impressive communication and flexibility that I have yet to see in a race. It was unusually hot on race day, and they had plenty of water available. The post-race atmosphere was fantastic too, and it was great that runners of all distances seemed to be finishing around the same time due to the different wave starts. I will absolutely do another one of their events. Last, I got a PR and BQ at this race.

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    jessicaflores REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is a great race with very minimal hills. The course was a bit different this year then when I did it previously.... we ran half the distance and then … MORE

    This is a great race with very minimal hills. The course was a bit different this year then when I did it previously…. we ran half the distance and then turned around. Overall beautiful scenery and well managed

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    Imcelene FIRST-TIMER '21

    Super flat, well organized, best race shirt I’ve gotten in years! Communication leading up to and including race day was perfect. We were from out of town and because of … MORE

    Super flat, well organized, best race shirt I’ve gotten in years! Communication leading up to and including race day was perfect. We were from out of town and because of all the helpful communication we found our way around easily. Also included was worlds best grilled cheese, and the RaceJoy app, which my family loved! I will be back.

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    5
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    5

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    Lisa82ann FIRST-TIMER '20

    This race occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The race was well spaced out and all aspects of physical distancing followed. Smooth enter and exit from the race. The fact there … MORE

    This race occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The race was well spaced out and all aspects of physical distancing followed. Smooth enter and exit from the race. The fact there was not hundreds of runners starting at the same time was nice given the trail is utilized by the public at the same time. This course was not what it was originally meant to be but the change was nice and I had a good time.

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    curlycub17 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Even though everything had to be changed for this race (the date, course, etc) because of the pandemic, the org did a great job of still producing a solid in … MORE

    Even though everything had to be changed for this race (the date, course, etc) because of the pandemic, the org did a great job of still producing a solid in person race. This was my first full marathon and while the heat of the day did get to me at one point, I was grateful for all the volunteers and the ease of accessibility of the course. My family was able to meet up with me twice and said that they had an easy time navigating. Negative split always does a great job of putting on races!

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    mhaase2 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The organizers did a wonderful job adjusting to the changes that needed to be made in order to allow runners to race in-person during covid times. Start times were easy … MORE

    The organizers did a wonderful job adjusting to the changes that needed to be made in order to allow runners to race in-person during covid times. Start times were easy to sign up for, and the start/finish was managed well. The course covered a lot of area, with different scenic views, and even though it was changed due to covid, it still provided great scenery. The medal was awesome and the shirt is one I can wear to run in or day-to-day. They used a great running app for the race which allowed friends and family to send encouraging messages since the race was not encouraging people to come in person to cheer on, and the app also helped navigate the route. The aid-stations had great grab-and-go hydration as well.

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    Girlierunner2015 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I have run this half marathon 3 times, and I enjoyed all 3 experiences immensely. In a normal year, the point-to-point nature of this race is very appealing and a … MORE

    I have run this half marathon 3 times, and I enjoyed all 3 experiences immensely. In a normal year, the point-to-point nature of this race is very appealing and a great change of pace. This year was trying for everyone, but Negative Split made the race fun and safe at the same time. Negative Split always has amazing swag and is always very friendly. I will continue to participate in this race for many years to come.

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    aaronshepperd FIRST-TIMER '20

    Great race, great swag, great aid stations for such a strange year. Would definitely love to run this race again in a normal year. Everyone was friendly and supportive. MORE

    Great race, great swag, great aid stations for such a strange year. Would definitely love to run this race again in a normal year. Everyone was friendly and supportive.

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    hannahkshepperd FIRST-TIMER '20

    Negative split navigates race logistics fabulously, whether in person or virtual. Everything is clearly communicated, and they have great swag! I did the virtual 5k and still had a blast … MORE

    Negative split navigates race logistics fabulously, whether in person or virtual. Everything is clearly communicated, and they have great swag! I did the virtual 5k and still had a blast keeping up with the community.

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    kellybrown FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a great course along the River, organized so beautifully by Negative Split. This was my first-ever race, and I was grinning ear-to-ear the whole time. The perfect sunny … MORE

    This is a great course along the River, organized so beautifully by Negative Split. This was my first-ever race, and I was grinning ear-to-ear the whole time. The perfect sunny day, along a scenic course with great support along the way. I was so impressed!

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    jzilla FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is very flat and slightly downhill. The weather and scenery was perfect. I would recommend this race for your first half marathon. MORE

    The course is very flat and slightly downhill. The weather and scenery was perfect. I would recommend this race for your first half marathon.

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    bvdw FIRST-TIMER '19

    The scenery is beautiful along this course as it follows the river and has no repeat sections. It was super chill and fun and all the runners and volunteers were … MORE

    The scenery is beautiful along this course as it follows the river and has no repeat sections. It was super chill and fun and all the runners and volunteers were supportive and upbeat. Awesome food and medals at the finish, plus I love my finisher quarter zip!

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    lonewolf2401 FIRST-TIMER '10

    I walked this marathon course back in 2010, and it was my first. The course start has since been changed, so this will not apply to current races. We were … MORE

    I walked this marathon course back in 2010, and it was my first. The course start has since been changed, so this will not apply to current races.
    We were bused to the start in Post Falls, Idaho, where the course starts in the parking lot of a small strip mall complex.
    After a mile there, the course follows a paved bike path for over 13 miles, with minimal elevation change.
    At the halfway point, the trail follows the river, which is very scenic. The back half of the course, approaches Spokane itself, using city streets. Since I was at the back of the pack, so to speak, the traffic control that had been in place for earlier runners was not there for me. This meant I had to fend for myself across a very busy street several times.
    For the last three miles, it was getting hot, and I found out the water aid stations had closed. This kind of upset me since I had paid a registration fee, along with everyone else.
    By the time I got close to the finish in downtown Spokane, I was pretty dehydrated.
    I know I was slow, buy closing aid stations till all participants were off course was inexcusable.
    When I finished, I was pretty overcome with emotion, since I felt I really accomplished something. The finishing medal was awesome.
    The face organizers gave me a discount on a future race, which was nice. Overall, the race was put on very well. I would recommend it, as the current course is still easy and fast.

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