May 9, 2021
about the Mother’s Day half
A point to point course that starts at Northwest University and finishes at Juanita Beach Park. The course is a combination of road and compact dirt with views of Lake Washington for much of the way! Participants part at the start line and are shuttled back from the finish line after their race.
about the Mother’s Day 5K
The 5K starts and finishes at Juanita Beach Park, the finish line of the half marathon. The course is run on the roads in the neighborhoods surrounding the park.
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.
2021 SHIRT + MEDAL
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!
Start + Finish Line
5K: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland, WA 98034
There will be no shuttle busses in 2021.
Shuttle busses will run after the race from the finish line at Juanita Beach Park to the start line at Northwest University from 9:00am-12:00pm. The shuttle is free for all participants. Non-participants are welcome to ride the shuttle when there is extra space available. The shuttles leave when full or every 15 minutes, whichever occurs first. The shuttles are heated.
Don’t forget to pick up your gear check bag before you board the shuttle!
All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and a finisher’s shirt at the finish line.
Start Line Parking:
5K participants need to park at Juanita Beach Park or legally on the streets nearby. 5k participants do not need to take any shuttles.
Half Marathon participants must park at Nelson Middle School/Emerson High School which is across the street from Northwest University. THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. You may also utilize the on-street parking in the residential area around the university.
For those of you making a weekend out of this event, we recommend the Heathman Hotel in downtown Kirkland.
220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, Washington 98033
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.
Due to Covid-19 we will not have Gear Check in 2021.
Girls on the Run Puget Sound inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. It is our pleasure to support them via the Mother’s Day Half & 5K.
There will be no pre-race packet pick-up. All race bibs will be mailed out a week before the race.
You will pick up your medal and race shirt at the finish line.
5K participants will start in pre-assigned waves of 20 people or less, leaving every 2 minutes. Per Govenor Inslee’s guidelines participants will be assigned their wave based off of estimated finish time. Participants are not allowed in the starting area until no more than 10 minutes before their assigned start time.
8:00am: First wave of participants starts
8:02am: Wave 2 starts
8:04am: Wave 3 starts
9:30am: Last wave starts (if sold out)
11:00am: Course closed
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: If you do not pick up your swag at the race we can mail it to you for a $7 shipping fee.
Q: Are walkers welcome?
A: Absolutely yes!
Q: Are dogs welcome?
A: No, dogs are not allowed to participate in the Mother’s Day 5K. 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 12:00pm.
Q: Will there be porta-potties at the start/finish? What about out on the course?
A: There will be porta-potties and hand washing stations available at the start line and finish line area.
Q: When does online registration close?
A: Online registration will close Wednesday, May 5th at midnight, or when it sells out at 600 participants.
Q: What/who does this race benefit?
A: The Virginia Mason Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K is very pleased to be working with Girls on the Run Puget Sound as our official charity partner. A portion of every entry fee will be donated. In addition, runners can choose to make an additional donation to Girls on the Run during the registration process.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
A: No, we will not have packet pick-up in 2021.
Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?
A: No. We are following Covid-19 policies and are NOT allowed to have any in person sales at the event.
Q: Is there gear check?
A: Yes! The race offers a free gear check. Gear check drop is at the start line of each race. It could be a bit chilly and potentially rainy (it is Washington, after all) so the gear check bag is for runners’ warm clothes. Half Marathon participants– we will transport your bags from the start line to the finish line for you! Please note, you must bring your own bag for gear check. We do not provide gear check bags.