November 5th, 2022

USATF Certified Half Marathon

about the Lake Washington half

The Lake Washington Half marathon is a beautiful loop course that starts and finishes and Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland. You’ll run along the shores of Lake Washington and through the charming neighborhoods of Kirkland. Produced by Orca Running, the Lake Washington Half is a great end-of-season half to cap off your year of running. Come run with us!

The Lake Washington Half 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

January: $71

Feb – March: $76

April – May: $81

June – July: $88

Aug – Sept: $93

October: $99



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

Start/Finish Line Location:  Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, WA.

The Lake Washington Half course is USATF certified.

There will be aid stations on the course serving water, Clif Gels, and Nuun electrolyte drink.  Runners will hit the aid stations at approximately 2.1, 4.7, 7.1, 9.1 and 11.3 miles.

All of Orca Running’s races are now cupless. Please bring a handheld bottle, hydration pack, or we can provide you with a resuable cup that folds into your wasteband.


Parking is available at Juanita Beach Park and across the street in the gravel parking lot. You can also find free street parking nearby in the surrounding neighborhoods.


Awards will be given to the top 3 overall men and women as well as the top three men and women in each 10 year age group.  Awards must be picked up at the race, we do NOT mail them out afterwards.


Coming soon.


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.

gear check

Free gear check is available at the Lake Washington 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. 

Charity Partner

Our charity partner for the Lake Washington Half is the Blaine High School Booster Club! The dollars donated go to support various programs for students. Say hello to the amazing and friendly volunteers that support the race every year!

Packet Pickup

All race bibs and shirts will be available for pickup on race morning starting at 6:30am.


6:30a — Race Day packet pick-up opens

7:30a – Orca Running ready for participant arrival

7:55a – Pre-race announcements

8:00a – Wave 1 Start

8:03a – Wave 2 Start

8:06a – Wave 3 Start


11:45a – 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. 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 Washington Half. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Strollers are not allowed at the Lake Washington Half.

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 Washington 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. Another person may pick up your race packet but must show your proof of vaccination or negative Covid test results in order to pick up your bib.
Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?

A: TBD – check back closer to the race as we will follow current Covid-19 guidelines  

Q: Is there gear check?

A: Yes! Free gear check is available at the Lake Washington 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. 


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