Saturday MAY 20th, 2023
Escape to San Juan Island
Run where the sea meets the sky–at San Juan Island. The course is stunning, and the island is a wonderful place to spend a weekend. Bring your family, run the race, and then stay to explore the island and make memories together.
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. You can simply choose to have a tree planted instead of a race tee.
After the race, you will receive a photo, GPS coordinates and other information about the sapling planted in your name.
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!
Please note the new information on bib pickup below under ‘Packet Pickup’. Bibs will only be available for pickup on race morning.
proudly serving Nuun on course
The course for the San Juan Island Half is unique and is easily the most scenic Orca Running race.
It starts at South Beach inside San Juan Island National Historic Park and finishes at Jackson Beach, just south of Friday Harbor. Along the way you’ll get some amazing view of the other islands, the Olympic Mountains, and of course, the Salish Sea.
It has a bit of climbing spread throughout the run, with three main climbs, from miles o to 1.6, 3 to 5.3, and 9 to 10.8. The total elevation gain is about 900′.
Participants will pass aid stations every 2-3 miles well stocked with water, Nuun electrolyte and Clif gels. All of Orca Running’s races are cupless so please bring your own handheld bottle or hydration pack.
On race morning, free shuttles will run continuously from two pre-set locations on the island to the start line area. Shuttles will start running at 7:15am, with the last shuttles leaving at 8:25am. The shuttle ride time varies from 15-18 minutes.
The same shuttles will be available to take you back to your cars/downtown Friday Harbor starting at 10:15am, until 1:15pm.
Note: if you are staying in Friday Harbor or taking the Anacortes ferry over in the morning, we recommend that you walk to the high school/courthouse pickup location. The last shuttle will wait until the boat has fully unloaded and has allowed 10 minutes for people to walk to the courthouse.
If you are coming over to the island the morning of the race you will need to take the 4:15am or 6:20am ferry in order to make it to the race on time. We highly recommend getting reservations as soon as they come available!
Overall awards will be given to the top 3 male, female, and non-binary runners based off of gun time not chip time. So, you should start in the front of the pack. We also give out age group awards in 5 year increments, so be sure to check your results at the Orca Running tent. We DO NOT MAIL OUT AWARDS after the race, they must be picked up at the race.
IMPORTANT: Participants are not allowed to park at the start line. Participants may not be dropped off at the start line area. Participants will need to ride the free shuttles to the start line.
There are many, many styles of accommodations to choose from on San Juan Island, from camping to some very luxurious vacation homes.
We’d recommend checkout the ‘Lodging‘ page of visitsanjuans.com as a good overall look at options on the island. Be sure to also check out VRBO.com and AirBnb.com if you’ve got a larger group looking to stay at one place.
Lastly, if you’d prefer to stay in Anacortes the night before and catch an early morning ferry, that’s also an option. The race starts at 8:30am. The direct ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor is 65 minutes, so as long as you catch a ferry leaving around 6:30am, you’ll have plenty of time to still make it to the race on time.
Free gear check is included with your entry. Participants can drop off gear check bags at the start line area at South Beach. Gear check bags are not included, so be sure to bring a suitable bag or sack to use for gear check. You can pick up your gear check bags at the finish line at Jackson Beach.
The Whale Museum, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor and Island Haven Animal Sanctuary are the charity partners for the San Juan Island Half. The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. This amazing charity has taken a big hit during the pandemic. Stop by for a visit when you’re on the island!
Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is the local club of a world-wide service organization whose mission is improving the lives of women and girls. In Friday Harbor, they raise and donate over $40,000 and thousands of volunteer hours each year to community projects.
All race bibs will be available for pickup on race morning, please consult the schedule below for times.
We have a fun kid’s race! The kid’s race will start at 10:40am and will start and finish at the race finish line. The kid’s race course is approximately 0.4 mile long. Kid’s receive a finishers medal.
race day schedule
7:15am: Shuttles begin running from parking locations to start line
7:30am: Packet pick-up at the start line opens
8:45am: Race starts
10:15am (approximate): First finisher
10:40am: Kid’s Race at Jackson Beach Park
1:00pm: Course cutoff
1:15pm: Last shuttle leaves
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: Yes. You can send a friend or family member to the race to get your race packet & swag.
Q: Are walkers welcome?
A: Absolutely yes!
Q: Are dogs welcome?
A: Dogs are not allowed. The liability insurance for the race through USA Track and Field does not cover dogs, so please leave your four-legged companions at home for this one.
Q: Are strollers welcome?
A: Stroller use is not permitted at this race.
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 2 days before the race.
Q: What/who does this race benefit?
A: Every Orca Running event pairs with a non-profit. The non-profit receives a portion of every entry fee, and in turn, provides the race with volunteers. You can also donate to any of the three non-profit’s during the registration process. This year’s non-profits are:
Read more about our work with non-profits here.
Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?
A: No, the race is sold out.
Q: Is there gear check?
A: Yes! Free gear check is available at the San Juan Island Half. 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. Drop bags will be available to pick up at the race finish.