September 23rd, 2023

USATF Certified Half Marathon

Why should you run in the Orca Half?  Here are six seven reasons:

  1. Stupendous view of downtown Seattle, Blake Island, Vashon Island and Puget Sound!
  2. It’s pretty darned flat.
  3. People love the race! Read our reviews on RaceRaves.
  4. It’s part of the high-quality, locally-owned, runner-oriented family of Orca Running events.
  5. As with all Orca Running events, it benefits a local non-profit: Whale Scout
  6. You might even see a pod of Orcas while running!
  7. The race is USATF Certified!

The Orca Half  takes place on land historically inhabited by the following Native American tribes:

Coast Salish
dxʷdəwʔabš Duwamish
stuləgʷábš Stillaguamish
Muckleshoot
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

The medal and shirt for the Orca Half are designed by Alison Bremner, a Tlingit artist born and raised in southeast Alaska. 

Wondering about sizing for the shirts? Click here.

registration prices

Half Marathon

If not already sold out online registration will close the night before race day at 8pm.

October: $75

November-December: $80

January-March: $85

April-June: $90

July-September: $95

In-person: $100

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 two days before the race at midnight.

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

The race starts at Lincoln Park, which is located at: 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136

The course finishes at Don Armeni Boat Launch, located at: 1222 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Shuttles will take participants from the finish area to the start area before the race.  There will be no shuttles after the race.

The start line is about a 1/2 mile hike (mostly downhill) from the shuttle drop off zone down to the waterfront.

The course is point to point, with two small out and back sections in the beginning and a longer one towards the end.  Runners will be in the parking lane, sidewalks, and on the Alki Trail.  Roads will not be closed to traffic, but the parking lane will be clear of cars.  Please do not run in the road!

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.

Shuttles

Shuttles ONLY run before the race. Participants will be shuttled from the finish line at the Don Armeni Boat Ramp to the start line at Lincoln Park.  Shuttles will leave every 10-15 minutes starting at 6:30am.

The shuttle from the finish line to the start line is approximately 15 minutes so please plan accordingly to arrive at the start on time.  There is also a 10-15 minute walk from the shuttle drop off zone down to the start line on the waterfront.

Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall men and women and age group awards will be giving in 10 year increments.  We DO NOT MAIL OUT AWARDS after the race, they must be picked up at the race.

PARKING

Carpool! We really really encourage you to carpool.  This is Seattle, after all.  All participants must park near the finish line at the Don Armeni Boat Ramp as participants will be shuttled to the start.  There is no parking at the start line at Lincoln Park as the shuttles will only run before the race, not afterward.

There is plenty of on-street parking in and around Alki and West Seattle.  Remember that the later you arrive, the greater the chance that you will need to walk a little way to get to the start line. So plan ahead!

Lodging

We recommend staying at the Embassy Suites at Pioneer Square.

Embassy Suites is conveniently located in downtown Seattle and is a 15 minute drive to the race finish line. To view a map of the hotel’s location, please click here.

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 offer a free gear check at the starting line! 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 Partners

Whale Scout leads the public in land-based whale watching experiences. We channel people’s interest and passion about whales into on the ground salmon habitat restoration projects protecting the primary food source of struggling orcas in Puget Sound.

Packet Pickup

To pick up your race packet, you have two options:

  1. Opt to have your race bib mailed to you. This costs $3.00 and can be selected during the registration process.
  2. Pick up your bib on race morning. Please consult the schedule below for times.

West Seattle Water Taxi

The West Seattle Water Taxi is generously adding a 7:30am sailing on Saturday morning. The ferry leaves from Pier 50 on the Seattle Waterfront and drops you off at Seacrest Dock in West Seattle, just a short walk from the shuttle pick up area.  After your race you can walk back to Seacrest Dock and take the next ferry back to Seattle. For more information click here.

Race Day schedule

Pre-assigned waves of 150 participants or less will start every 10 minutes.

Shuttles from the finish area to Lincoln Park (starting line area) will start at 6:30am and will run until 8:30am.

Wave 1: 7:30am

Wave 2: 7:40am

Wave 3: 7:50am

Course closes: 1:00pm.  Participants still out on the course after 1:00pm will not be removed from the course, but may continue with the understanding that the finish line area and aid stations will be removed at 1:00pm.

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 pick it up at the race finish.

Q: Are walkers welcome?

A: Absolutely yes!

Q: Are dogs welcome?

A: No, dogs are not allowed to participate in the Orca Half. Leashed dogs are welcome at the start and finish line areas.

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: The Orca Half does not allow strollers.  The course is also narrow in spots and does have a stretch of dirt/gravel as well.

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 11:59 pm two days before the race.

Q: What/who does this race benefit?

A: The Orca Half is happy to support Whale Scout as this year’s charity partner.  

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 options.

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

A: TBD for 2022

Q: Is there gear check?

A: Yes! Free gear check is available at the Orca Half at the start line. We will transport your bag to the finish line. 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. 

Sponsors

Virtual Race

The Orca Half now has a virtual option! Here is what you need to know: 

  • Cost is $50
  • Limited to 5o participants
  • Run and log your race anytime after you receive your swag!
  • Virtual run participants will receive a shirt, medal and bib in the mail. 
  • Swag will ship out the week after the in-person race
  • Counts towards your R-Pod medal!

Virtual Race

The West Seattle Water Taxi is generously adding a 7:30am sailing on Saturday morning. The ferry leaves from Pier 50 on the Seattle Waterfront and drops you off at Seacrest Dock in West Seattle, just a short walk from the shuttle pick up area.  After your race you can walk back to Seacrest Dock and take the next ferry back to Seattle. For more information click here.

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