FEBRUARY 13, 2022

April 10, 2021

about My Better Half Marathon

Like peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, wine and cheese, Netflix and your couch, we are better together! The race features three distances (5K, 10K and half marathon) and a half marathon relay so everyone can find a distance that suits them. As our first race of the year, we like to make this one a little more fun, with an extensive and delicious oatmeal bar, a large heated tent, photo booth and extra nice race shirts. Walkers are welcome.

My Better Half Marathon takes place on land historically inhabited by the following Native American tribes:

dxʷdəwʔabš Duwamish
dxʷsəqʷəb Suquamish

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. Shirts are “standard fit”. 

registration prices

Online registration closes on February 12th at midnight.

5K

October: $45

November-December: $50

January: $55

February: $60

10K

October: $45

November-December: $50

January: $55

February: $60

Half

October: $75

November-December: $80

January: $85

February: $90

Half Marathon Relay (per person)

October: $55

November-December: $60

January: $65

February: $70

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 course

proudly serving Nuun on course

All courses run along the beautiful shores of Lake Washington for almost the entirety of their distances.

Half Marathon: The half marathon course is a total of 3 laps.  The first lap has a steep but quick hill and is 3.1 miles in length.  Laps 2 and 3 are each 5 miles long and are nice and flat!

10K: The 10K course is a total of 2 laps.  The first lap has some hills in the beginning and is 3.7 miles long whereas the second lap is nice and flat and is 2.5 miles in length!

5K: The 5k course is the same as the half marathon lap 1 course.  A steep but quick hill in the beginning is a great warm-up but once you come back down it’s a breeze!

Half Marathon Relay: The relay course can be completed in any way you prefer, as long as all 3 laps are completed.  One person can do lap 1 and 2, and the other person complete lap 3– it’s really up to you.  There is a relay bracelet hand off area just before the finish line where you make the exchange from one runner to the other.

Click here to view the map. Note that the half-marathon is 3 loops, the 10K is two loops and the 5K is one loop.

cupless racing

Orca Running is committed to reducing waste and protecting the environment.  As part of this commitment, we are making all events cupless. The tiny little cups that are used for an instant generate tremendous amounts of garbage. We recommend you purchase a handheld bottle, a hydration pack, or we can provide you with a small re-useable cup that folds easily into your waistband to use during the entire race and future races.

Awards

We will have awards for the top 3 overall men and women finishers. In addition, we will have age group awards for the top 3 finishers in each age group. Age groups are in 5 year increments. All awards are handed out at the race.

PARKING

Carpooling is highly recommended.  There are about 200 parking spots in the Upper Loop of Seward Park, as well as ample parallel parking.  You may need to walk a little ways to the start which is located at on the South side of the park so please plan ahead.  There is also plenty of on-street parking around Seward Park all within walking distance.

 

Accommodations

Seattle is a huge city! There are TONS of accommodations, including hotels, AirBnBs, B&Bs, and everything in-between.

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

Free gear check is available at My Better Half Marathon. 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 My Better Half Marathon is Rebuilding Together Seattle! The dollars donated go to help rebuild homes, repair lives and revitalize communities. Say hi to the amazing and friendly volunteers that support the race every year!

Packet Pickup

Due to COVID-19 we will not have any in person packet pick-up.  All race bibs will be mailed.  Race shirt can be picked up right before or after your race.

schedule

 

Race Day

Check back for details in November!

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: 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. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Strollers are not allowed.

Q: What time does the course close?

A: The course closes at 1:00pm. 

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 11:59pm on February 12th, 2022.

Q: What/who does this race benefit?

A: My Better Half Marathon is proud to support Rebuilding Together Seattle!  A portion of every entry fee will go to support Rebuilding, plus you can also make an additional (optional) donation during the registration process.

The mission of Rebuilding Together Seattle is to repair homes, revitalize communities and rebuild lives.

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?

A: Yes!  You do not need anything special to have someone else pick up your packet.  Just be sure to coordinate!

Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?

A: If the race is not sold out, yes you can register in-person.  You can pay with cash (exact change only), check, or credit card.  

Q: Is there gear check?

A: Yes! Free gear check is available. 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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