How much is the race?

5k $40

10k $55

Half Marathon $80

Full Marathon $110

You can register here.

What happened to THE Sunday race?

Despite drawing thousands of runners every year, Beat The Blerch is still a very small operation. We only have a few staff members, most of whom are friends or family. This year we ran into some speed bumps, figuratively speaking, and decided to cancel the Sunday event. But good news, there is still room in Saturday's race and we would love to offer you a free transfer to Saturday's race.
Sunday runners: click here to transfer your registration from Sunday to Saturday.

What happened to the virtual race?

We no longer offer a virtual race option. Thanks to everyone who participated! If you still want Blerch merch, please visit The Oatmeal Shop.

What’s included with my registration?

Race registration comes with entry into the race, a “I Beat The Blerch” race/tech shirt and medal, and goodie bag full of stickers and Blerchy surprises. Along the course you’ll be treated to magical beverages, Clif sports gels or bars, and most importantly Birthday cake and Nutella sandwiches!

WHERE/WheN is packet pick-up?

Road Runner Sports
7020 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Friday, August 2nd: 10:00am-7:00pm

Please visit our race details page for everything you need to know the day of the race.

Do you have a virtual race option?

No, we are no longer offering virtual race kits.

Are refunds available?

Sorry, no refunds will be given for any reason. However, you can transfer your registration to another person–see below.

Can I transfer my registration to another person?

Transfers can be done online until Thursday at midnight or on race day for $15.  Please note that the shirt size cannot be changed during the transfer process.  Click here to contact us to get your transfer started.

Can I exchange my shirt for a different size?

Possibly, after the race, as long as we have enough extra shirts.  If you’d like to swap out your shirt, bring your unworn shirt to the registration area after you’re done running and we can exchange your shirt.  If we don’t have enough extras, we will not be able to exchange your shirt.

Is there a cutoff time?

Yes, the cutoff is 3:15pm.

Are dogs or strollers allowed on the course?

No dogs or strollers of any kind are allowed on the course. This is for insurance purposes.

Are there portable restrooms out on the course?

Yes, portable restrooms will be out on the trail available for you to use.

Does Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) run in the races?


Will you be selling books and other Oatmeal merchandise at the events?

Yes, The Oatmeal books, Blerch merchandise and Exploding Kittens games will be available for purchase during packet pickup and on race day. Matthew Inman will be there if you want it signed.

Can I wear a costume?

Yes, please.

Will there really be cake and Nutella?

Yes, lots. Eat (and vomit) at your own risk.

Will the race be chip-timed?


Can I register day-of-race?

No. You have to pre-register.

Why didn’t the melons get married?