July 30th, 2023

about Craft classic

Indulge in two of Seattle’s true loves: Running and Craft Beer! The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K offers a fast Seattle area course with riverside views.

This race is flat and fast and offers plenty to do post-race in charming downtown Redmond. Craft Classic Seattle has become a local classic for many runners.

Craft Classic takes place on land historically inhabited by the following Native American tribes:

Coast Salish
dxʷdəwʔabš Duwamish

Environmentally Responsible Racing

Save a Tee Plant a Tree

Trees not Tees help events reduce their environmental impact with one simple strategy – offering participants the choice of turning down a free race tee and planting a tree instead.

Orca Running is partnering with Trees not Tees to help reduce the huge number of unwanted and unworn finisher’s tees produced each year and destined to become landfill.

After the event, participants who selected the option to have a tree planted receive a photo and GPS coordinates of their tree’s location.


Wondering about sizing for the shirts? Click here.

registration prices

Half Marathon

October: $75

November-December: $80

January-February: $85

March-April: $90

May: $95

June: $100


October: $33

November-December: $38

January-February: $43

March-April: $48

May: $53

June: $58



Please note that all registrations are non-refundable. Be sure to review our race policies

Prices do not include processing fees. Online pre-registration closes the day before the race at 8:00pm.

If you’re planning on doing multiple Orca Running races in a year, consider using our Bundle and Save!

race info

The course

proudly serving Nuun on course

Both courses are purely out and backs on the beautiful Sammamish River Trail.

Aid stations are evenly spaced along the half marathon course and will provide runners with water, Nuun electrolytes and Clif gels.  Half marathon participants will pass 5 aid stations, spaced approximately every 2-3 miles.  There are no aid stations on the 5k course.


Orca Running is committed to reducing waste and protecting the environment.  As part of this commitment, we are making all events cupless. The tiny little cups that are used for an instant generate tremendous amounts of garbage. We recommend you purchase a handheld bottle, a hydration pack, or we can provide you with a small re-useable cup that folds easily into your waistband to use during the entire race and future races.


Overall awards will be given to the top 3 male, female, and non-binary runners based off of gun time not chip time.  So, you should start in the front of the pack for your distance.  We also give out age group awards in 5 year increments, so be sure to check your results at the Orca Running tent.  We DO NOT MAIL OUT AWARDS after the race, they must be picked up at the race.


There is free on street parking in downtown Redmond for both the Half Marathon and 5K.

Both the Half Marathon and 5K  start and finish at Central Connector Park in downtown Redmond, located at: 160 161st Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA 98052


We recommend you stay at the new Archer Hotel in Redmond.  It is just a couple of blocks from the start/finish line.  Discount code coming soon for 2022!


We have a clear set of policies that we uniformly follow for all races. Entries are not refundable, but you can defer your entry, transfer it to another race, or transfer it to another participant. You can review our full set of policies here.


After you’re done running have a frosty beverage from Georgetown Brewery!  Each beer is $5 and 100% of money collected goes directly to the Woodinville Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

Charity Partner

For the Craft Classic, we are pleased to be working with Firefighters for Good, a coalition of local firefighters working together to serve their communities by giving back directly to those who need it most. For more information, please click here.

Packet Pickup

Date: Saturday, July 29th

Time: 11:00am-4:00pm

Location: Road Runner Sports Bellevue


Race Day schedule

6:30am: Packet pick-up opens

7:30am: Half Marathon Start

8:00am: 5K Start

8:30am: Beer Garden opens

9:30am: 5K Course Closes

11:30am: Half Marathon Course Closes


Q: How can I confirm that I am signed up?

The best thing to check first is to look in your email inbox for a confirmation email from RunSignUp for the race in question. You can also look up your registration in your RunSignUp account by logging into your account then go to your “Profile” page where you can view your current registrations under Upcoming Events.  Click HERE for more information on accessing a registration in RunSignUp.

Q: How can I confirm what shirt size I ordered?

A: Your t-shirt size that you selected appears on your confirmation email.  If you did not receive your confirmation email, try checking your spam folder.

Q: I cannot participate! What are my options?

A: Please check out our refund/transfer policy by clicking here.

Q: I cannot participate, but I would still like to pick up my swag. Can I pick it up?

A: Yes, they can pick up your swag at the race finish.

Q: Are walkers welcome?

A: Absolutely yes!

Q: Are dogs welcome?

A: No, dogs are not allowed to participate in the Craft Classic. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Strollers are allowed. The parent/guardian who is going to push the stroller should, when registering for the race, indicate as such and agree to abide by our stroller policy, which you can see below:

  • I assume responsibility for all risks to the minor participant named below resulting from participation in the Event.
  • I certify that the minor participant named below is in proper physical condition to participate in the Event and does not have a condition which would impair the minor participant’s ability to safely participate in the Event.
  • If any claim for personal injury, property damage, and/or wrongful death is commenced on behalf of the minor participant named below against the Releasees, I shall defend, indemnify, and save harmless the Releasees from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, damages, judgments, claims, and demands.
  • Minor will wear a CPSC certified helmet at all times while participating in the Event.
Q: What time does the course close?

A: The course closes at 11:30am. 

Q: Will there be porta-potties at the start/finish? What about out on the course?

A: There will be porta-potties available at the start line and finish line area. There will be porta-potties out on the course at several areas. 

Q: When does online registration close?

A: Online registration will close at 11:59 pm two days before the race.

Q: What/who does this race benefit?

A: Craft Classic benefits the Woodinville Firefighters Benevolent Fund.  The provide the volunteers on the course and also receive all profits from the beer garden.

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?

A: Yes, a friend or family member can pick up your packet for you.

Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?

A: TBD for 2022


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