The Balanced Athlete Presents the Taylor Mt. 5 Mile, Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50K Trail Run

June 28, 2014 in Issaquah, Washington 

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Join us for a run at Taylor Mountain, located between Issaquah and Renton in Washington, just 40 minutes from Seattle and 25 minutes from Bellevue. Taylor Mountain is a trail runner's paradise in the Pacific Northwest with beautiful singletrack trails, lush forest, streams, and views of Mt. Rainier! 


Trail Running at Squak Mountain in Issaquah Washington We have teamed up with The Balanced Athlete in The Landing in Renton to bring you this event. The Balanced Athlete is a one stop shop for running gear and nutrition. They will be raffling a pair of shoes and a pair of socks at each event they sponsor, so don't miss out!


See here for pictures of the trails and view of the skyline. We offer 5 Mile, Half-Marathon (13.1 Mile), Marathon and 50K options. There will be plenty of aid stations and the courses are well marked with signs at intersections. The courses start and finish at the main Taylor Mountain Trailhead (see directions tab). 


Looking forward to seeing you out there!



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5 Mile - $30

Half Marathon - $41

Marathon - $48

50K - $53


* Add $5 after 6/15 11:59pm, add $10 day-of if event has not sold out.



The park is located at 18808 276th PL NE, Issaquah, Washington, 98027.


Directions from Seattle:

I90 from Seattle
East on I90
At exit 25 take ramp right for WA-18
Turn right onto SR-18
Take ramp right toward Hobart/Issaquah
Turn left onto Issaquah Hobart RD SE
Road name changes to 276th Ave
On the left look for a large sign stating Taylor Mountain. (On the right will be SE 188th SE)
Turn left at the Taylor Mountain sign
Turn right at the first intersection for the Trail Head
It is 34 miles and about a 40 minute drive from Seattle


Marathon and 50K:  (no early starts)

Day of run registration and check in: 7:00 am - 7.45 am
Pre-run briefing and raffle: 7.45 am - 7.55 am
Start: 8.00 am  (no early starts)
Course closure 6.00 pm

5 Mile, Half-Marathon

Day of run registration and check in: 8:00 am - 9.15 am
Pre-run briefing and raffle: 9.15 am - 9.25 am
Start: 9.30 am
Course closure 5.00 pm

Course Map

5 Mile Course

Trail Running at Taylor Mountain in Issaquah Washington

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The course starts and finishes at Taylor Mt. Trailhead (see directions tab). It begins with a wide fire road for a little over 1.5 miles, then connects to the beautiful singletrack trails the park has to offer. The 5 mile run is a figure 8 loop and finishes with some amazing views. Elevation gain is about 750 feet for the 5 mile course.


Half Marathon Course

Trail Running at Taylor Mountain in Issaquah Washington

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The half-marathon course starts and finishes at Taylor Mt. Trailhead (see directions tab) and is a large clockwise loop through Taylor Mt. Park, accessing an aid station at mile 4 and 9, and finishing with downhill singletrack and great views. The half-marathon loop has about 30% fire road, 70% singletrack and 1900 feet of elevation gain.


See here for Walker Hall's GPS profile of the half marathon course.




Marathon and 50K Courses

The marathon consists of two half-marathon loops, the 50K consists of two half-marathon loops followed by a 5 mile figure 8 loop. 


Elevation gain is 3800 feet for the marathon and 4500 feet for the 50K.


Read about how we keep the races green here.


We are dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors, and we encourage you to "leave no trace behind" by taking all trash with you. The park rangers always appreciate it when racers follow the marked course and keep the trails clean, and they are much more likely to grant permission for us to put on races at the same location if the trails are kept in good condition.


The trails will be open to other users during the event, hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Please be courteous, you will unlikely encounter more than a few. Please let other participants pass you if they want to get by. It is a passing runner's job to tell the person in front that they wish to pass.


For refunds/cancellations please see our policy.


Photos and results from trail runs previously held can be found on the photos page and results page respectively.


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