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Elite Policy

TCMA Elite Athlete Policy

Tacoma City Marathon Association takes pride in offering quality events, USATF certified courses. 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 most recent results for the distance you would like to be considered for 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 by volunteering. These events cannot happen without volunteers. Our volunteer incentive program is one way to give back to the running events and earn a Fleet Feet gife card or a free entry for a future TCMA event.