Beat The Blerch is a 10k, half marathon, and full marathon inspired by this comic about running. Organized by The Oatmeal, 2014 is the inaugural year of this race and it’s your chance to figuratively (and literally), Beat The Blerch.
Please note: we added an additional race day on Saturday. Be sure to show up for the day you signed up for.
Beat The Blerch has SOLD OUT!
Please note that Sunday runners cannot pick up their packet from the race site on Saturday. Sunday runners can come on Friday or Saturday to Road Runner Sports.
Day of race packet pickup will also be available on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 8:45am at the race. However, to avoid long lines, we would recommend that you come to packet pickup at Road Runner Sports.
In addition, all Beat the Blerch participants receive 10% off any purchase at Road Runner Sports while picking up their packet.
Again, don't forget to bring photo ID. We will not give you your packet without it!
Friends and family will be able to pick up your packet if you can’t make it, but be sure to send them with your confirmation email with written consent. Also, the person picking up your packet will need their photo ID.
Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park
31020 NE 40th Street
Here's a map of parking locations in Carnation.
Beat The Blerch will take place in Carnation, Washington, a quaint little town located about
35 minutes outside of Seattle. Here's a map.
It begins at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park, and it's a beautiful flat, out-and-back course that winds its way through evergreen, mossy forests along the Snoqualmie valley trail. Near the starting line of the race are strawberry farms and pumpkin patches, which offer guided tours in case you’re still up for a bit of walking after the race.
For more details about the race, read the FAQ.
What's a virtual race kit?
The actual race in Carnation, Washington sold out in a matter of minutes, and only a fraction of the runners who wanted to attend were able to get in, so per the requests of the masses we've added a virtual race option. A virtual race is a race that you run on your own time and in the location of your choice.
When you order a virtual race kit, we'll send you a race shirt, medal, bib, stickers, fridge magnet, Blerch stress ball, and a bunch of other delicious little Blerchy surprises.
The shirt is a lightweight, athletic-cut running shirt composed of cationic polyester, so it wicks sweat well.
We encourage you to try and run the miles on the weekend of September 20th - 21st to coincide with the race in Washington, but you're welcome to run it whenever you please. You're also welcome to just order the kit and keep the shirt, medal, and bib without running any particular distance (or any distance at all). We promise not to tell anyone.
Please note: we are only selling these for a limited time. The finisher medals take a long time to fabricate, so we will only be accepting orders for these for the next week.
You have until July 28th to order your virtual race kit.
In addition to running the race, Matthew Inman will be hanging out while signing copies of his latest book:
The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances.
Due to arrive in bookstores on September 30th, the book contains over 140 pages of comics, stories, and illustrated hilarity about running, eating, and blerching.
Each copy also includes a pair of Blerch race stickers.
We are currently seeking sponsors for the race (I’m looking at you, Nutella). If you’re interested, please contact us.
We need volunteers! If you want to participate in the race but don’t want to run, you can always help out by volunteering!
To volunteer on Saturday: sign up here.
To volunteer on Sunday: sign up here.
If you're a local running group or business and you wish to volunteer, please shoot us an email: BeatTheBlerch@gmail.com
We had nearly 4,000 people on the waiting list for Beat The Blerch, so we went ahead
and created an additional race day on Saturday, September 20th. We did not open up registration
to the public for the Saturday event, but instead sent email invitations to those who were on the waiting list.
These invitations were sent on a first-come, first-served basis, and the Saturday event is now sold out.
The Saturday event will be identical to the race on Sunday (except it'll be on Saturday, of course), and Matthew Inman will be running the race on both days.
Please be sure you show up for the appropriate day that you signed up for.