March 5th, 2022

USATF Certified Half Marathon*

about the Lake sammamish half

The Lake Sammamish Half Marathon takes runners along the smooth trail that connects Marymoor Park in Redmond to Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. This interurban trail is very popular with runners; about 30% of the course will be on smooth gravel surface and 70% on pavement. We offer a generous 4 hour time limit for all participants. This flat run is perfect for a half-marathon personal best whether you’re running or walking! 

The Lake Sammamish Half was started in 2010 by Roger Michel and Yumay Chang, and in later years Dana Anderson directed the race to great success. Orca Running is thrilled to be producing this season opener race for 2021 and beyond.

Orca Running acknowledges that the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon takes place on the Indigenous Land of Coast Salish peoples who have reserved treaty rights to this land, specifically the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ). We thank these caretakers of this land who have lived and continue to live here since time immemorial.

Learn more about the culture and lands of the sdukʷalbixʷ with this Interactive Story Map

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.

Swag

About the Artist:

wiʔaac (hello) my name is Bethany Fackrell, a member of the Snoqualmie Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ) known as the people of the moon. When running these lands you may have notice one or many eagles, which is why the eagle was chosen for the focus in my artwork. The eagle was done in traditional Salish patterns to represent the Indigenous people that have lived here since time immemorial. Lake Sammamish is and always has been a place of great importance to our members, serving as a place of gathering, traditional practices, and a place of connection. You can see the eagles love it too!


Wondering about sizing for the shirts? Click here. 

registration prices

Half Marathon

October: $72

November: $77

December $83

January: $87

February: $93

March: $97

Packet Pickup/Race Day: $100

Important

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

*IN 2022 DUE TO CONSTRUCTION WE WILL NOT BE USING THE CERTIFIED COURSE, BUT IT WILL BE AN ACCUARATE 13.1 COURSE.

Start Line Location: Subject to change– Redmond Central Connector Park, 160 161st Ave NE, Redmond, 98052

Finish Line Location: Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah, WA 98027

There will be aid stations on the course serving water, Clif Gels, and Nuun electrolyte drink.  Runners will hit the aid stations every 2-3 miles.

PACERS!  Seattle Green Lake Running Group is providing pacers for the following finish times: 1:30, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30

Shuttles

We provide free shuttles for participants from the finish line back to the start line area. The shuttle is free for all participants.  The shuttles leave when full or every 15 minutes, whichever occures first.  The shuttles are heated.

Don’t forget to pick up your gear check bag before you board the shuttle!

Awards

Overall awards will be given to the top 3 men and women.

PARKING

Start Line Parking: There is parking around the start line in downtown Redmond, and also in the parking garages at Redmond Town Center.

Finish Line Parking: Your friends and family are welcome to park at Lake Sammamish State Park to watch you cross the finish line. However, because it’s a state park, every vehicle is required to display a Discover Pass (good at all state parks and other state lands). You can purchase a pass in advance online or at the park’s automated pay station. Both one-day and annual passes are available.

Lodging

We recommend the Seattle Marriott Redmond.

gear check

Free gear check is available at the Lake Sammamish Half. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing drop bags, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAG. We will have identification tags for you to use. Drop bags will be available to pick up at the race finish at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Policies

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.

Charity Partner

Cascade Challenge is 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.

Cupless Racing

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.

PACKET PICKUP

Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test is required to obtain a race bib.  This is a King County mandate that we are required to enforce.

Date: Friday, March 4th, 2022

Time: 10:30am-4:30pm

Where: Road Runner Sports Bellevue, 12200 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005

Road Runner Sports will have specials for VIP members!

race day schedule

*Subject to change due to Covid-19

6:30am: Packet pick-up opens at Redmond Central Connector Park (MUST have proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test)

7:30am: Wave 1 Starts

7:32am: Wave 2 Starts

7:34am: Wave 3 Starts

12:00pm: Course closes

FAQs

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. You can send a friend or family member to packet pickup to get your race packet & swag.

Q: Are walkers welcome?

A: Absolutely yes!

Q: Are dogs welcome?

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

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Yes, strollers are allowed.  But we ask that you start in the very back.  Also keep in mind that there is a shuttle from the finish line back to the start.

Q: What time does the course close?

A: The course closes at 12:00pm. 

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: Yes!  You do not need anything special to have someone else pick up your packet.  Just be sure to coordinate!

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

A: If the race is not sold out, yes you can register in-person.  You can pay with cash (exact change only), check, or credit card.  

Q: Is there gear check?

A: Yes! Free gear check is available at the Lake Sammamish Half. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing drop bags, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAG. We will have identification tags for you to use. Drop bags will be available to pick up at the race finish at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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