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!
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.
Feb – March: $79
April – May: $84
June – July: $89
Aug – Sept: $94
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!
We have partnered with Wander Project to help you do more at Lake Washington Half! We are bringing charity bibs to the 2023 event to help you turn your passion into purpose. How does a charity bib work?
A charity bib is a free entry into Lake Washington Half in exchange for helping raise awareness and funds for an organization of YOUR choice. You can choose what charity you want to support:
- A US-based 501c(3) that’s near and dear to you
- One of the non-profits associated with the Lake Sammamish Half
- One of the non-profits doing amazing work that’s already working with Wander Project: The Wilderness Society, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Rising Hearts, Team Semper Fi & America’s Fund, and Bigger Than The Trail.
However, if you have a cause in your local community that inspires you to do more, you can choose them as the organization you are raising funds for right at registration!
Once you register for a charity bib, you will be automatically prompted to set up a fundraising page through Wander Project’s peer-to-peer fundraising platform. From here, Wander Project will give you a whole host of tools and resources (including meet-ups, one on ones, templates, and more) to engage your friends and family throughout your fundraising journey. This means you’ll have support from Wander Project at every step of your fundraising process as you raise funds for your selected charity!
The fundraising minimum commitment is $1,000. The percentage of the funds that will be allocated to the nonprofit of your choice depends on the partnership agreement we have with each organization and spans from 65-80% of the net total raised.
By signing up for a charity bib, you are making a serious commitment to raise the amount you agreed to. If you are not able to meet the minimum fundraising amount by the week of the race, you will be required to pay the difference. All donations are final.
Once you raise your minimum commitment, you will be completely registered for the event of your choice. We look forward to seeing you at the Lake Washington Half! Let’s turn our passions into purpose and make a difference in the world! Still have a question about how this works? Drop Wander Project’s Director of Community Engagement a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, GU gels, and Nuun electrolyte drink. Runners will hit the aid stations at approximately 1, 4, 6.2, 8, 10.3 and 12 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.
Pacers are available for the following finish times: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, and 2:15.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
We have two wonderful charity partners for the Lake Washington Half! The first 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!
Our second charity partner is Friends of Youth. Friends of Youth is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving youth and young families facing circumstances of homelessness, foster care and behavioral health challenges.
To pick up your race packet, you have three options:
- Opt to have your race bib mailed to you. This costs $3.00 and can be selected during the registration process.
- Pick up your bib on race morning. Please consult the schedule below for times and anticipate long lines.
3. Pick up your bib pre-race at REI Bellevue on Thursday, October 19th from 2pm-6pm.
6:30am — Race Day packet pick-up opens
7:30am – Orca Running ready for participant arrival
7:55am – Pre-race announcements
8:00am – Race starts
11:30am – 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 refer to the Race Policies HERE for your options.
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 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 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, a friend or family member may pick up your packet for you. Please see above for Packet Pickup locations and times.
Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?
A: Packet pickup or Race day registration is only available if the race does not sell out.
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.