Where are the 12k Running Waves?

We've moved to a release and hold system. Runners will then be released in groups of 500 to 1000 participants every 30 to 90 seconds to allow the field to spread out and to minimize congestion along the route.

Directions to Vassault Park

From I-5 take Highway 16 West to Exit 3. Follow the signs to Ruston to get to North 37th and Pearl Streets.


Parking will be available at Truman Middle School - $10 per parking spot, $20 for VIP. Proceeds benefit Wilson Rams Girls Basketball. (5801 N. 35th, Tacoma, just across Pearl Street near Vassault Playfield) Or if you rather leave the car at home, we encourage biking to the race. Courage will have a secure bike corral to park your bike. Another option is to ride UBER.

Clothes Check

Free clothes check will be offered at the Vassault Park tennis courts the day of the event for participants with an official bib number. Please allow time for check-in process prior to the start of your event.

12k Walkers

For those walking the 12k, participants exceeding one hour for the first three miles (9:45 a.m.) will be required to use a shortcut that shortens the distance to five miles. Many times our 12k walkers miss out on all the vendor goodies. Beat the crowds by visiting our vendor area BEFORE your walk begins. Then check-in your freebies at the free clothing check area.

Baby Joggers and strollers 

Due to safety and insurance concerns, wheeled devices, such as strollers, in-line skates or bicycles will not be permitted in the 12k run. Baby joggers are welcome on the 5k run,  5k and 12k walk, and the 2k Junior Shuffle course. 


Dogs are welcome on the 5K walk only. Please stay to the right with your pups and avoid retractable leashes. Standard 4-6 ft leashes are preferred.

Food, Drink, and More

Complimentary snacks and drink will be available to registered participants after they finish, and a number of vendors will offer samples, products, and services for the entire family. Several food trucks will also be available with items for purchase.

Medical Information

At the finish line, there will be a Sports Medicine tent. Look for the MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine sign.

Chip Timing

Both 12K and 5K running races will be timed by Chronotrack using B-Tag chip technology. Official times will be available immediately after the race. Both 12k and 5k walking events, as well as the 2K Junior Shuffle, are untimed, non-competitive, and will not be listed on the results page.

MultiCare Employees Community Partnership

All MultiCare employees are encouraged to participate in the Sound to Narrows. Proceeds from the Sound to Narrows benefit MultiCare's Center for Health Equity and Wellness - Promoting the health and wellness of our community by helping individuals make healthy choices. We will also be taking a team photo at 7:45 a.m. near the basketball courts.

Healthy Living EXPO

The Healthy Living Expo is filled with over 30+ booths of fun and health information for the whole family. At the Healthy Living Expo stop by the MultiCare Healthy Living booth to pick up a passport for Healthy Living and visit the fun health and wellness booths.  Complete your passport at the event - turn it in at the prize booth to be entered into fun raffles.  Before and after the race, enjoy lively music, food, and camaraderie with fellow participants.