October 16, 2021

about the Poulsbo Half Marathon

The Poulsbo Half Marathon and 10k is a beautiful course that runs through “Little Norway”. It will have chip timing, participant shirts and finisher medals! All participants will also get free photo downloads. The course starts and finishes at Liberty Bay Waterfront Park and runs through downtown Poulsbo.

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

Coast Salish
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.


Wondering about sizing for the shirts? Click here. Shirts are “standard fit”. 

registration prices

Half Marathon

February: $50

March – April: $60

May – July: $70

August – September: $80

October: $90


February: $35

March – April: $45

May – July: $55

August – September: $65

October: $75



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 and Clif on course

The race starts and finishes at Liberty Bay Waterfront Park in downtown Poulsbo.  Click here to view the park in Google Maps.

For 2021 we have created a two-way two out and back course along the beautiful shore of Liberty Bay.

Please note that while the course will be appropriately monitored and traffic controlled, it is not a closed course, so please be aware of your surroundings at all times. We also recommend that you not wear headphones.

Aid stations will be every 2 miles and will provide water, Nuun electrolyte and Clif gels.


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.


We highly recommend carpooling!  There are several options for parking near Liberty Bay Waterfront Park.  No event parking is allowed at the start and finish line area so we suggest you park in one of the nearby lots that can be seen here.


For 2021 all awards will be mailed out!

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall men and women. 


There are two hotels very close to the start/finish line: Guest House Poulsbo and the Poulsbo Inn & Suites.


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. You can review our full set of policies here.

gear check

We offer Gear Check but you’ll need to provide your own bag.  We’ll keep your stuff dry for you while you run. Please note that Orca Running is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Charity Partner

Girls on the Run Westsound inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  They envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Packet Pickup

All race bibs will be mailed out a few days before the race.  You can pick up your shirt and any additional merchandise purchased during registration after your race.



Race Day

7:30am: Orca Running Staff ready for participant arrival

8:00am: 10K Start (note that runners will start in 3-4 waves of approximately 75 people each, with 2 minutes between each wave)

8:20am: Half Marathon  (note that runners will start in 5-6 waves of approximately 75 people each, with 2 minutes between each wave)

8:45am: Post Race Festivities begin

12:30pm: All courses 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?

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 in the Poulsbo Half. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Strollers are not allowed at the Poulsbo Half.

Q: What time does the course close?

A: The course closes at 12:30am. 

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 Sammamish 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: 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: TBD with current Covid guidelines. Please check back.  

Q: Is there gear check?

A: Yes. But you’ll need to provide your own bag.  We’ll keep your stuff dry for you while you run. Please note that Orca Running is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.


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