May 8th, 2022

about the Mother’s Day half

New for 2022 the course starts and finishes at Juanita Beach Park.  The course is a combination of road and crushed gravel on the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail with views of Lake Washington for much of the way!  Half Marathon participants must park at either Fill Hill Middle School or Juanita High School and will be shuttled before and after the 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.

The Mother’s Day 5K 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.

Swag

Wondering about sizing for the shirts? Click here. 

registration prices

5k

October: $33

November-December: $38

January-February: $43

March-May: $48

Half

October: $73

November-December: $78

January-February: $83

March-May: $88

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 courses

Start + Finish Line

Half Marathon & 5K: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland, WA 98034

Shuttles

Shuttle busses will run before and after the half marathon from both Finn Hill Middle School and Juanita High SchoolThe 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!

Awards

We will have overall awards and age group awards!

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 Juanita High School or Finn Hill Middle School and ride the 5-10 minute shuttle to the start/finish line.  The shuttle is free and will run before and after the race.

Lodging

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

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.

gear check

We have gear check!  Please bring your own bag, we will provide a tag for you to attach.  We are not responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Charity Partner

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. 

Packet Pickup

TBA

schedule

Subject to change as we navigate the future of Covid-19.

8:00am: Half Marathon Start

8:30am: 5K Start

9:00am: Beer & Mimosa Garden opens

10:00am: 5K course closes

11:30am: Half Marathon 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: 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 Half & 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 available at the start line and finish line area as well as on the course. 

Q: When does online registration close?

A: Online registration will close May 6th at midnight, or when it sells out.

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: TBD closer to the race following current Covid protocol

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.  Please note, you must bring your own bag for gear check.  We do not provide gear check bags.

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