November 6th, 2021
USATF Certified Half Marathon
Please read the update about COVID vaccination requirement for the Lake Washington Half here.
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.
March – April: $70
May – June: $75
July – August: $80
September – October: $85
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!
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Start/Finish Line Location: Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, WA.
The Lake Washington Half course is USATF certified.
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.
There is lots of parking at Juanita Beach Park and across the street in the gravel parking lot. You can also find free street parking nearby.
All awards will be mailed out in 2021!
Awards will be given to the top 3 overall men and women. In addition, we have awards for the top 3 overall men and women in each 10 year age group.
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.
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.
All race bibs will be mailed out a week before the race. You can pick up your shirt at the race.
Schedule subject to change due to current race day Covid guidelines.
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
12:00p – 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?
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: 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: Packets will most likely be mailed in 2021.
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 guidelines
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 S