The Windermere Marathon, produced by Negative Split, put a spotlight this year on individual runner stories in social media to engage and motivate new and veteran runners to start training for the half or full marathon distance and come out to see new elements of the race as it continues to grow. “We love our runners and hearing their stories. Look for a very special and motivational mile along the course that will really bring this to a point and highlight this year’s theme,” says race director Ryan Hite.

The course along the Centennial Trail and Spokane River offers stellar views and a mostly flat course. “This is truly a great race for all runners, from the newbie looking for a flat course to the veteran trying to PR,” says Hite. Also new this year is a finisher’s medal that connects magnetically to the finisher’s medal from the Negative Split Half Marathon on April 8. The two medals line up to create a continuous image of a classic Spokane scene. At Windermere, finishers can also bank on some great swag. Participants will receive sling bags and a long-sleeved, quarter zip tech shirt with thumb holes in addition to the 4-inch medal.

Hite says Negative Split was very excited when Windermere asked them to produce the Windermere Marathon, which has become a staple in the Spokane running scene. “We wanted to see that tradition continue,” he says, adding that it was a natural fit to combine with the Negative Split series, which includes 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances.

The Windermere Marathon distance will provide 13 aid stations containing gels, chews, sports drinks, water, and Vaseline for chaffing areas, should runners need it. The half marathon distance will include seven of the same aid stations.

The race will have a small expo prior to the event at Fleet Feet’s new store in Kendall Yards. In addition to creating an awesome runner experience out on the course, Hite says the expo will provide retail and participant experience items such as free social media photos, an inspiration wall to write on, and space for motivational sign making.

In addition to a scenic, flat, and fast course that’s certified as a Boston qualifier, racers can look forward to an awesome finish line party. The course provides a net negative elevation gain, with the last two miles threading around Mission Park and Gonzaga University. Visit the race website to learn more about the course, registration, and opportunities to volunteer. Follow the Windermere Marathon on Facebook for current race updates and inspirational runner stories. //

 

Feature photo: Windermere Marathon course. // Courtesy of Negative Split