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Marathon, half-marathon and team relay

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Join us April 26, 2025 for the 44th annual Sunflower Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay! This unique course begins at 2180 feet elevation in Mazama and includes well marked deer trails, single track trails, and gravel roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields. At two points, racers climb to 2600 feet. The finish is at about 1600 feet in Twisp. This course traverses private property that owners generously allow use for this one-day only.


The Marathon course is a marathon-plus length at 26.8 miles. Expect breathtaking scenery and some sustained climbs and descents. Elevation +2,520/-2,350. A marathon participant runs the entire course and are expected to run the majority, not walk or hike. Out of respect for our volunteers and private landowners, marathon runners must be able to complete the entire course in seven hours, or by 3:00pm. Start time: 8:00 a.m. at the Mazama Trailhead.

Half marathon

Half marathon participants are expected to be able to finish their ~13.1 mile course in five hours or less. Start time: 9:00 a.m. at the Chickadee Trailhead.


A relay team must have two to five people and finish by 3:00pm. Start times at the Mazama Trailhead: Wave 1: 8:00 a.m.; Wave 2: 9:00 a.m. A leg summary is below:

  1. Leg 1 - 2.2 miles
    Easy, good for younger or beginner runner

  2. Leg 2 - 5.6 miles
    Easy and flat

  3. Leg 3 - 5.9 miles
    Moderate with hills

  4. Leg 4 - 6.5 miles
    Moderate with a steep climb

  5. Leg 5 - 6.6 miles
    Difficult, strong runner required

Registration Information

Refunds and Transfers: Don't wait to register – this race sells out early each year! No refunds or credits after March 15, 2025. Transfers allowed until April 1, 2025. Race entries are valid for the registered racer only, no informal transfers please. Entry fee includes race bib, custom Sunflower apparel, post-race lunch, and raffle prizes.

Relay Teams: Relay teams cannot add members to their team once the race is sold out. We recommend securing your team by paying for the number of spots you think you will need at the time of registration.

  • 17 & Under: Kids 17 and under race for free, but MUST register (includes signing online waiver) on time to participate. If you have a member on your team who is under 17, please contact

  • Leg 1 of the relay is a great option for younger participants and an adult is allowed to accompany them.

  • We do allow participans under 17 to run the remaining legs (2-5) but they must be able to run the leg on their own.

Methow Trails is a non-profit organization. Income from this event supports year-round trail operations in the Methow Valley. There are no entry refunds, exchanges, transfers or rollovers, and the event may be cancelled due to variables beyond our control: severe weather conditions, fire, unhealthy air quality, road closures, natural disasters, or other unforeseeable events. We HIGHLY recommend purchasing registration insurance through RunReg.

Bib pick-up 

5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, April 25: Mazama

Relay teams must pick up their packets on Friday. Only one team member needs to be present. We encourage everyone to grab their packet on Friday, but will have the following Saturday locations:

Marathon: 7:00-8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26: Mazama Community Club (red building in Mazama). You can ride the morning shuttle bus and still have time to pick up your bib.

Half marathon: 7:00-8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26: Chickadee Trailhead. You can ride the morning shuttle bus and still have time to pick up your bib.


Shuttles will be provided Saturday morning for marathon and half marathon participants. Buses will transport racers from the finish line in Twisp to the start lines. More detailed information, including pick up times and driving directions will be provided in the racer information packet. There is no post-race shuttle.

Racer Bags

Runners may leave bags with extra clothing at the start line. Bags will be transported to the race finish.

Course Map

We do not provide a detailed map to respect the privacy of the landowners who allow one-day access through their property and make this event possible. Please do not pre-run the course, we only have landowner access on event day! No dogs are allowed on the course at anytime, including at the finish line venue which is on private property. Relay teams will be given specific driving directions to relay exchange points at race packet pick-up. 

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