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Rona Tropical Paradise Marathon, Half Marathon & 50K

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Well no one is likely going someplace sunny for the holidays (due to COVID-19) so we have to make the best of it here in the rainy NW. May I suggest that we pretend and have a fun, sunny experience by dressing in tropical clothes (of course over our warm clothes) and enjoy a beautiful trail and pineapple at the finish. Nothing says tropical more than pineapple, mango, and guava.

The race will happen exclusively on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Carnation. We will start at Nick Loutsis Park and go out and back towards Fall City and out and back towards Duvall. This will allow an aid station at the approximate half way point and finish. You will also pass your car if you want to use that as your aid station.

Plan on running a Half Marathon, Marathon or 50K and take home a woodal and a pineapple for your accomplishment. I’m sure there will be other tropical surprises to make you feel warm. Join us to keep up your running form.


Coronavirus COVID-19 Expectations

In order to keep everyone healthy and safe please follow these expectations:

  1. Start in small groups of no more than five people sometime between 7-8 AM.
  2. Wear a face covering at the start and finish and anytime you encounter others and cannot be six feet apart.
  3. Bring your own water and snacks for the first 13 miles.  I will have support for you at the half way mark of the marathon.  There will be hand sanitizer available, please use it prior to getting water or snacks.
  4. None of these courses are closed.  So please follow the traffic signals and be safe.  Also, the course is not marked so either download the map on your phone to follow or follow the directions provided once you register.
  5. To register, email me your Name, Age on race day, birthdate, and city you are from.  Indicate which distance you want to run.   Bcjill@msn.com
  6. We should all be finished by 3 PM.  Please send me your time and evidence you ran the course, GPS, Strava, etc.
  7. Suggested donation, $20. I will have a wood-al (medal) for you when you finish.
  8. Run and have fun!


Rona Tropical Paradise Course Directions


Start is at Nick Loutsis Park in Carnation. There is a small parking lot and plenty of parking on the street. There is also a portapottie.

Start from the park and go south on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail for 6.8 miles to 356th Drive SE. Turn around and go back to Nick Loutsis Park. This is the finish for the half marathon, which is a little long, enjoy the extra distance.

Marathoners, when you return to Nick Loutsis Park, stop by your car or pick some snacks and water from Aurora and then head north on the Snoqualmie Valley trail to mile 20 at NE 124th St., turn around and run back to the park.

50K ers get to choose which direction they will go another 2.5 miles out and back for 5 miles to get to your 50K. Choose your views and come back with 31.1 miles on your watch.