The Big Run 5k

June 7, 2017

Ready to run in the biggest Fleet Feet Sports event ever? Welcome to The Big Run! 

On June 7, Fleet Feet Sports locations nationwide will hold a local 5K race. All results will funnel up into a national leaderboard to determine: who is the fastest runner in the country?

But speed isn't the only thing that counts. We want to see the whole community participate because, seriously, running together rocks. Let us recap the ways: 

  • You get to join Fleet Feet Sports communities across the country in doing something we've never done before—a nationally-coordinated 5K race taking place in different locations all on the same day.
  • It's on a Wednesday—who couldn't use a mid-week pump-up?
  • Every finisher gets a medal. Not just any medal. A very cool, make-your-friends-jealous medal.
  • We know some people. And some pretty cool brands (cough, cough, Brooks). Let's just say, we're planning some fun raffle giveaways and category prizes.

The Big Run coincides with Global Running Day and is open to runners of all levels and abilities. 


 Packet Pick up:

Packet Pick up will be held at The Hub Tacoma from 3:30 pm- 6 pm on Wednesday the 7th. 

Registration will be available the day of the race at packet pick up.

*There will be no gear check for this race. 


Registration for The Big Run is still open!

Click HERE<< to sign up!

The registration fee includes a shirt, (t-shirts are unisex) medal and bib for each participant!

 MapMy Run Link: HERE>>




It’s not just about how fast you run at The Big Run—and our prizes reflect that. Please see below for prizes that will be offered at the national level. Details coming on coordination of prizes (as well as assets to promote via newsletter and social media), but we wanted to share the prize breakdown!

  • Earn supreme bragging rights and $500 each as the fastest female and male in the land.


  • Did you beat everyone else in your age group? We’ll recognize the fastest overall male and female in the below age groups with $100 each:
    • 14-16
    • 17-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-65
    • 66+ 


  • If your finisher time puts you in the exact middle of all finishers in your gender, we’ll give you $100!


  • Finish at the most common time, and we’ll enter you into a drawing for $500!


  • Come to The Big Run decked out in head-to-toe Brooks Running gear.
  • Be one of 10 participants spotted by a Brooks Guru.
  • Receive a $15 Fleet Feet Sports store card to redeem on any Brooks gear!


  • Post a picture or video of the event to Instagram.
  • Tag @BrooksRunning, @FleetFeetSports, and your local Fleet Feet Sport’s Instagram
  • Use the hashtags #TheBigRun and #GlobalRunningDay.
  • The people with top two most-liked posts by June 8 at 10 a.m. E.S.T. will receive a $250 Fleet Feet Sports store card!

Additional information can be found at







Point Ruston Independence 5K



A 5K race on a fast, flat and downhill course starting at N. 37th & N. Vassault Street in Tacoma and finishing at Point Ruston's Grand Plaza. 

But have no fear! While this is a speedy course for fast runners, it also is a fun course for a power walk before your Independence Day barbecue! Everybody is welcome to participate!


The 5K Run and Walk starts at 8:00 am sharp at N. 37th & Vassault Street. This is located very close to Vassault Park.

The finish of the 5K is at the Grand Plaza at Point Ruston on the beautiful Waterwalk.

The Grand Plaza is also where the Kids 1K will start at 9:00 am. The kid's run is an out-and-back, so the runners can cross the official finish line as well.



Click on the map to see the course on mapmyrun

 View the Relive route preview HERE<<<

Registration Information


REGISTRATION COSTS: 2018 Price increases TBD



Kids 1K

Opening Day Special! 









Online closes at midnight on 7/2/2018

7/3/2018 (Pre-race packet pick-up)






  • A small transaction fee is assessed when registering online.
  • Price increases occur at midnight.
  • The deadline to get a shirt when you register online has passed, (we have to order the shirts weeks in advance) but you can still purchase a shirt at packet pick up!.
  • Confirm your Registration HERE

(Please read) TCMA Policies: All entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Sorry, no transfers to another individual, and no roll-overs to the following year. All participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate.  Sorry, no exceptions.  

Shirts: Here is the 2017 Point Ruston Independence Day Shirt design. Shirts are not included in registration and are $15 extra. There will be shirts available to purchase at packet pick up. 

Other Race Information


Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners of the 5K. Age group awards will be given to the following divisions: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-80, 80 & over.


  • To be eligible for overall and age group awards you cannot be paced by or accept aid from a non-registered runner at any time during the event.
  • USATF awards rules: if you win both an overall and age group spot you will be presented with both awards. For example: if you win both 3rd place overall and also win 1st place masters, you will receive both awards. Overall winners ARE NOT knocked out of their respective age group.

    Click HERE to read our Elite Athlete Policies.

Chip Timing

All events will be chip timed by RaceWire.

Your timing tag is attached to the back of your race bib. In order to receive a time your race bib must be worn on the outside of your top outer garment. Avoid bending your bib which may damage the timing tag. The timing tag is disposable so it does not need to be returned.

If you have questions about the timing or the results, please click >>HERE

Course Support

Water will be provided at the finish.

Gear Check

Gear check is provided for your personal items at the start line and brought to finish. Please tear your gear check tab off of your bib, fill out and attach to your gear check bag. Your gear check bag was given to you at packet pick up. Please do not put valuables in your bag. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. You may claim your bag after you finish by providing your bib number.


2017 Race Results HERE

2016 Race Results HERE

2015 Race Results HERE

2014 Race Results HERE


Packet Pickup

Packet Pick Up Hours
July 3rd,  1 PM - 5 PM

Packet Pick Up is at NW Fitness 

NW Fitness

5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98407

(253) 656-6767


You can also pick up your packets near the start line at Vassault Park on race day at 7:00 am. Please do not plan to pick up the packets last-minute - lines may be long and the race will start on time.

Your race packet includes:

    Bib number with timing chip
    Goody Bag w/promotional offers and coupons from event sponsors.

*This year shirts are not included in the registration fee, they will be available to purchase at packet pick-up for $15.

Packet Pick Up Information

  •     Packet pick up on the July 3rd is strongly recommended. 
  •     You may pick up someone's race pack as long as you have permission from them to do so. Written permission is not required.

'Last Gasp' registration will be available at the registration table

Registration will be available at packet pick up

We accept cash, check, credit card (Visa or Master card). Receipt available upon request.




When does Registration open for the 2018 race? March 5th at 10:00 am

When does Registration close? Online registration closes at midnight on 7/1/2018.

Shuttle bus information: The shuttle bus will begin taking racers from the finish (at the Grand Plaza, right in front of the movie theater) to the start (Vassault Park) at 8:45 am and continue until all runners are shuttled back to the start.

What if I sustain an injury or can't make it to the event, what are my options? Sorry, there are no refunds or rollovers for medical reasons. 

Can an entry be transferred to someone else? No.
Can I pick up someone else's race packet? Yes, as long as you have permission from them to do so. Written permission is not required.

Can I pick up my race packet on race day? Yes, but is it strongly encouraged that runners pick the packets up on July 3rd.

What time does the race start? The 5k starts at 8:00 AM. The kids 1K run starts at 9:00 AM.

Will there be professional photographers on the course? Yes. Race photography will be provided by CJ Photography 

Is the race Chip Timed? Yes, Chip Start and Chip Finish. The chips are on the bib, so there is no need to return anything at the finish. Bibs must be worn on the front of the shirt. Do not fold or cover up the bib.

Do you get a commemorative shirt when you sign up?  This year the shits are not included in the registration fee. Shirts will be extra and they are $15. This year it will be a tank top with the race logo - and of course, we will stick with the red, white and blue theme.

Is the course fast? Yes, it is a net downhill course!

Can you walk the 5k? Yes

Are strollers allowed? Yes.

Are dogs allowed? Sorry, not for this event.

Where can I park? Please see parking information

What is the average temperature for July in Tacoma? 53' for the low, 75' for the high.  Average race start temperature is 60'

How far is the Start from the Finish line? 1.8 miles for the most direct route. 

Is there a gear check at the start? Yes

Are there porta-potties at the start? Yes

Are we missing something? Please let us know and we will gladly make the addition. Contact Us




Parking options near Vassault Park (starting line)

Street parking: Located near the corner of N. 37th and Vassault St. 

Shuttle Bus from Finish

Shuttle Bus: Begins at 8:45 am from the FINISH LINE area (at the Point Ruston Grand Plaza, right in front of the movie theater) and will make round trips back to the START LINE.


For the ambitious: Park at the FINISH LINE and warm up to the START LINE. Or cool down back to your car at the FINISH the shortest route is 1.87 miles click HERE << for a warm up/cool down route. But please note that parking will be limited.



2017 Race Day Photos

2016 Race Day Photos

2015 Race Day Photos

2014 Race Day Photos

2013 Race Day Photos



Public Transportation

Help us make our events greener by using Tacoma's public transportation.

Pierce Transit busses are running on routes all over Tacoma and connect to transit partners in the area.

Finding a way to get to the race is easy: Just use the Trip Planner on Pierce Transit's website and it will figure out the easiest and best way for you to get there on time.

Elite Policy

TCMA Elite Athlete Policy

Tacoma City Marathon Association takes pride in offering quality events, USATF certified courses, and in some cases prize money for the region’s top runners. We know that most elite athletes have day jobs, train hard and would like to be recognized for their efforts. Instead of giving out free entries to elite runners, we have found that those who pay an entry fee are more likely to show up and race. We will provide a discounted rate to those deemed elite at TCMA’s discretion. Please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For reference, here are our qualifying times:

TCMA Qualifying Times
National Record Women
National Record Men
5K 17:00 15:30  14:44  12:53
 10K 35:00  32:00  30:22 26:48
Half Marathon  1:20:00  1:12:00  1:07:34  59:43
 Marathon  2:55:00  2:40:00  2:19:36  2:05:38


As an alternative you can check with your running club for complimentary entries or discounts into TCMA events. Another option is to earn a free entry or a discounted entry. These events cannot happen without volunteers. Our volunteer incentive program is one way to give back to the running events and earn a $20.00 discount entry for a future TCMA event.

TCMA Crown of the Sound 13.1 Series


2018 Crown of the Sound Series is underway starting with the St. Paddy's day race.

For 2018 the list of races that qualified for the Crown of the Sound is:

St. Paddy's Day Run Half Marathon

Tacoma City Marathon - Half marathon

Tacoma Narrows Half

Santa Runs Tacoma - The Santa Half Marathon

*NEW 2018*

Crown of the Sound 2018 will include relay teams as well. 
Teams must participate in 3 of 3 races in order to qualify for the medal.
In order to qualify 2 of the 3 team members must be the same. 


List of runners who completed three of the 4 races in 2017:


List of runners who completed three of the 4 races in 2016:



If you completed three of the 2017 qualifying races then your name will be on the list. At least it should be. If it is not, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will swiftly look into it.


Medals are now available at our office, upstairs from Fleet Feet Tacoma, Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Fleet Feet staff does not have access to the medals on weekends or outside TCMA business hours.


A big THANK YOU to all runners who participated in this series and run our races!


Here is how it works:

The TCMA Crown of the Sound 13.1 Series starts with St. Paddy's Day and you can pick any 3 of the races mentioned above to complete the series. If you don't run St. Paddy's Day Half Marathon you will need to complete the other 3 half marathon distance races to complete the series.

The series will only count races in the half-marathon distance (13.1 miles). We cannot count the Tacoma City marathon full marathon towards completion of the series.

Only races completed in 2018 count in this series.

Only races completed will count - being signed up but not running will not be counted.

The age group for the series is determined by the person’s age as of the date of the first event in the series. If a person has a birthday after the first event they remain in the original age group however their placement in the new age group is used for each event after their birthday.  

TCMA Crown of the Sound 13.1 Series scores and updates will be available here on this page and will be updated after every race that counts towards the series.


*some of this information may change as we move along - please make sure to stop by on this page and check for updates.

Contact Info


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3812 N. 26th St. STE C
Tacoma, WA 98407