Frequently Asked Questions

The Truckee Marathon features a beautiful course with a back drop of Historic Downtown Truckee.  You will find answers to the most commonly asked questions below.

The Truckee Marathon, Truckee Half Marathon, and Truckee Marathon Relay, is always the last Sunday in September. For 2017 the event day is Sunday September 24th. Race start is 7:30AM. See the schedule page for details.

We are in the process of working with USATF on course certification to become a Boston qualifier

Many of our events are set up for a maximum number of participants and therefore do sell out. Register early to save your spot and to pay a lower registration fee. Fees are increased on a tiered basis as the event date nears.

Yes:  Half Marathon cutoff time is 3 hours 30 minutes .  Full Marathon and Marathon Relay is 6 hours 30 minutes.  Runners and Walkers must maintain a 14:50 average per mile pace to stay ahead of our course sweep.  Individuals may still complete the course after these cutoff times but their results will not be officially recorded and there will be no course support or traffic control.  Participants that fall behind the course sweep must obey traffic laws, as we cannot control traffic past sweep times.

The Truckee Marathon Relay is designed for a 2 person relay team.  The 1st runner will run first 13.1 miles, half of the marathon course.  This runner will “tag” in the second runner at the half marathon finish point.  This will be clearly marked with signage.  The second runner will then run the second 13.1 miles of the marathon course and finish with the full marathoners under the finish arch.  Each member of the marathon relay team will receive a participant shirt, medal and bib/timing device.

All runners receive a race bib, timing chip, sponsor promos, technical t-shirt and finisher medal.

Each member of the marathon relay team will receive a participant shirt, medal and bib/timing device.

All finishers of the Truckee Marathon, Truckee Half Marathon and Marathon Relay will receive a finisher medal.

Each member of the Marathon Relay team will receive a finisher medal.

We are currently working on the medal design but we know it will feature the Truckee Marathon logo.

The Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay finisher medals will be designated by different ribbons.


The course will follow on a mix of paved road, paved trail, non-technical dirt trail and dirt road.  The mix is approximately 80% paved and 20% trail.  The Truckee Marathon is not a “trail” race.

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Truckee Marathon encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Truckee Marathon.

We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line. Runner safety is  a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone

Comfortable ones! Road shoes will be fine for this race or if you exclusively run in trail shoes those will work as well.

Roads are not closed to traffic.

However, we have designed the course to travel on many of Truckee’s outstanding trails. And we have worked with the Truckee Police Department and California Highway Patrol to provide intermittent traffic control at crossings and intersections.

The course will be marked with arrows, signage, flagging and course marshals.  Examples of the course marking will be shown at packet pickup and during the athlete meeting.

Dogs are not allowed on the course. At the main venue, if planning bring or have a dog with you, we recommend using a leash as there will be many people moving quickly.

Parking is available on many of the streets near the venue. This is mostly metered parking so make sure to purchase the correct amount of time. Parking is not available in the lot where the event is set up which is behind the Community Arts building at 10046 Church Street in Truckee.

You do not have to qualify to enter the Truckee Marathon.

For the Truckee Marathon and our safety plan, strollers, skates, skateboards, hover boards, and other such modes of transportation are not allowed.

Your results will be available on the Results board near the finish line at the expo. Also on our result page at

Refunds are not available for this event for any reason, including cancellation, inclement weather or athlete injury. We also strictly do not allow athlete-to-athlete transfers, for any reason.

Cancellation Policy:

If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 75% of your race registration fee will be offered until 14 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 14 days prior to the race date.

If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 21 days prior to the race date.

Discount codes can be used to register for another Big Blue Adventure event ( and will be valid through the following event year (2016 discounts valid until 12/31/2017)