June 27, 2021
*Update on 6/22 to race start schedule, see below*
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.
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.
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!
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.
Click here to view a PDF version of the course maps.
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.
Plaques will be mailed to the top 3 overall men and women.
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 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.
Date: Wednesday, June 16th
Location: Road Runner Sports Bellevue, 12200 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005
Anyone who does not pick up their packet will have their bib mailed a few days before the race.
Race Day schedule
6/22 UPDATE: DUE TO EXCESSIVE HEAT AND THE HIGH VACCINATION RATE OUR PERMITTING AGENCIES ARE ALLOWING FOR LARGER WAVES TO GET PARTICIPANTS ON THE COURSE EARLIER
Due to Covid-19 we are starting the races in pre-assigned waves of 15 participants, leaving every 2 minutes.
7:00am – Half Marathon Wave 1 Start
7:02am – Half Marathon Wave 2 Start
8:30am – Beer Garden opens
10:00am – 5K Wave 1 Start
10:02am – 5K Wave 2 Start
10:45am – Last 5K Wave Starts
12:00pm – Courses close
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?
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 8:00pm the day before the race.
Q: What/who does this race benefit?
A: The Lake Sammamish Half benefits Cascade Challenge, a wonderful non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor adventure opportunities to youth ages 14-20. They serve underprivileged kids in our communities by organizing camping trips and other fun events so kids can enjoy the outdoors and learn leadership skills at the same time. Cascade Challenge is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and if you’re interested please contact them directly.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
A: Packets will most likely be mailed out for 2021.
Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?
A: All packets will most likely be mailed out in 2021