Race Info

Check below for details about our races.

If you’re looking for information about our Bite Size event, please click the Bite Size tab above.

Number Pick-up
You can pick up your race number at the event, beginning 45min before start time. Our sweet races are limited to a small number of participants, so this is plenty of time.

Start Time
Redmond Watershed in April and November:
The half marathon and the 4.5 mile start at 9:00am. *This is a change from previous years*

Soaring Eagle in August:
The 4.5 mile starts at 8:10
The half marathon starts at 8:30

Chocoholic Option
This one’s for the running rock stars!  Sign up as a Chocoholic and run on both days at one of our Mud & Chocolate Weekends (April and November).  You’ll run the 4.5 mile on Saturday and then come back Sunday for the Half Marathon.  You’ll also get a special chocolate surprise, separate combined race results and two visits to CHOCOMANIA!

Shirts
Our races include well-marked trails, lots of chocolate, friendly people, chocolate medals and paid patronage to our beautiful parks (which keeps the parks alive).  If you’d also like a wearable reminder of the fun, you can order an eco-friendly tee or a big, cozy sweatshirt when you register.  We use a great designer so our designs are always a big hit.  Tees are a steal at $15, sweatshirts at $35.

Courses

In April and November, we’ll be at the Redmond Watershed, a real jewel of the Pacific Northwest!  The Redmond Watershed is a beautiful park rich with old growth forests, well-groomed trails and moderately rolling hills.  The 4.5 mile and the half marathon events will start at the same time and use the same loop course once inside the park.  Half marathoners will make the loop three times, swinging by the aid station twice.  This is a trail run so there will not be additional aid on the course.  Please plan to carry whatever additional aid you might need.  For those of you familiar with “the Watershed,” we’re skipping the biggest hills in the park and have opted for a more moderate course that we think beginners and advanced trail runners will both enjoy.

Our August event will be held at Soaring Eagle Park in Sammamish.  This beautiful park offers rolling, moderately technical single track trails.  It’s a great park with lush greenery!  Because there are some rocks and roots, we recommend you try trail running before you sign up for this race.  The 4.5 mile and the half marathon events will use the same loop course once inside the park.  Half marathoners will make the loop three times, swinging by the aid station twice.  This is a trail run so there will not be additional aid on the course.  Please plan to carry whatever additional aid you might need.  For those of you familiar with Soaring Eagle, we avoid the biggest hill in the park, but there are some rollers.  This park has many little trails, so we work really hard to make sure the race courses are marked very well!

Refreshments
Half marathon runners can fuel up at our chocolate aid station.
All finishers are invited to indulge in CHOCOMANIA at the finish line!
And did we mention the chocolate medals?  Finish one of the races and we’ll have one waiting for you! AND thanks to our fabulous sponsor Seattle Chocolates, all finishers will go home with a full size gourmet Seattle Chocolates bar!

Awards
All finishers will be presented with a delicious chocolate medal and a full size gourmet Seattle Chocolates bar! Half marathoners will also receive a gorgeous, sparkly commemorative medal!

All registrants will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Everyday Athlete in Kirkland as well as a few other surprises.

We also think it’s fun to give something to the first folks that come across the finish line, so the overall male and female winners of the half marathon and 4.5 miler will receive a special chocolate treat supplied by Seattle Chocolates.

Parking
Because parking is limited, we encourage carpooling when possible.  You can discuss running and chocolate on the way over and then bring your race stories and full chocolate bellies home together!

Parking within the Redmond Watershed is limited to the paved parking lot (no parking in the gravel lot).  If the parking lot is full, runners can park on the road into the park.  It may take you some time to walk back to the park (we figure this way you can eat a few extra pieces of chocolate without the guilt), so please arrive early.

Parking within Soaring Eagle is very limited, but you can park along the main road (Main Drive) outside of the park.  Please do not park along the side streets within the surrounding neighborhoods.

Directions

Redmond Watershed:  From SR 520 east, continue straight onto Avondale Road.  Proceed north for 1.25 miles.  Turn right on Novelty Hill Road and proceed east for 2.4 miles.  Park entrance is on the left hand side across from 218th NE.

For more information on the park, visit the Redmond Watershed website.

Soaring Eagle: Events at Soaring Eagle will begin at the Main Entrance to the park: 26015 East Main Dr, Sammamish WA

From Redmond or SR-520: Take SR-202/Redmond Way to Sahalee Way, turn right and climb the hill.  Sahalee becomes 228th.  From 228th Ave SE, follow SE 8th St as it curves and becomes 244th Ave SE. Turn right onto East Main Dr and follow to the end.

From I-90: Take the Issaquah Front Street exit.
Head North under the freeway onto E Lake Sammamish.
At the second stop light, turn right onto Issaquah-Fall City Rd and head up the hill.
At the second stop light, turn left onto Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd.
Follow Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd to its end and turn right onto 228th Ave SE.  From 228th Ave SE, turn right on SE 8th St and follow as it curves and becomes 244th Ave SE. Turn right onto East Main Dr and follow to the end.

Environment
We are committed to preserving our area’s gorgeous natural beauty and are focused on making Mud & Chocolate a “low impact” event.
Here are some of the ways that we are minimizing our impact on the environment:
•    We try to provide recycling and composting bins for racers
•    We use compostable cups at our aid station and finish
•    We encourage carpooling and human powered transportation
•    Our signage and course markings are re-usable and leave no trace of our races
•    We hope our race helps raise environmental awareness and makes folks want to protect the trails
Plus, hosting races in our area’s beautiful parks provides funding to keep them running.

Our events have also raised enough money to buy hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners every year for Seattle’s homeless.

Questions?
Email us at info@mudandchocolate.com

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