about the Snoqualmie Valley Half
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail meanders through one of the area’s most beautiful agricultural areas, the Snoqualmie Valley Half showcases this natural gem. This race is flat and fast and the surface is smooth and non-technical and showcases old-growth forest and farmland. You’ll have a spectacular and fast finish in the shadow of the historic big red barn at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park!
NO RUNNING ON A DEAD PLANET
There are no higher stakes than being kind to the earth; we care deeply about keeping our planet viable for the next generation. To that end, we organize our events with an eye towards minimizing our impact on the planet. Read more here.
Committed to Making All Feel Welcome
Orca Running is making a new effort to make sure that everyone feels welcome and safe at our running events and in our community. We have a non-binary registration option and a non-binary category for overall awards.
If you have a suggestion or idea for how we can improve our events in this regard, please let us know!
Race day: $77
October – November: $70
Race day: $105
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’.
Participants under 18 automatically receive a discount of 40% on registration fees.
Participants aged 18-24 automatically receive a discount of 30% on registration fees.
Half Marathon Information
USATF Certification number: WA16003RMB
The Snoqualmie Valley Half starts at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park and winds for about half a mile through the park before picking up the very scenic connector trail along the Tolt River. At about 1 mile, the course joins the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and stays on it for the remainder of the “out” section the course, before turning around and retracing the route, finishing at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park.
Aid stations along the course will provide water, Tailwind electrolyte drink, and Clif and GU gels. They are located at approximately miles 2.9, 5.9, 7, 10.2 for half-marathon runners. Portable restrooms will be located at miles 2, 2.9, 10.2 and 11.1 ONLY.
Pacers! Seattle Green Lake Running Group is providing pacers for the following finish times: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, and 2:30.
10k Course Information
USATF Certification number: WA16002RMB
The Snoqualmie Valley 10k starts at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park and winds for about half a mile through the park before picking up the very scenic connector trail along the Tolt River. At about 1 mile, the course joins the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and stays on it for the remainder of the “out” section the course, before turning around and retracing the route, finishing at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park.
The aid station along the course will provide water and electrolyte drink, and are located at approximately miles 2.9 and 3.3 for 10K runners. There will also be portable restrooms at the Aid Station.
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.
The race starts and finishes at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park. Click here to view the Park in Google Maps.
Parking for the Snoqualmie Valley Half at at Tolt MacDonald Park and on the streets in downtown Carnation. Once the park fills with cars all participants will need to park in Carnation and walk about 1/3 mile into the park.
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 for your distance. 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.
For runners traveling from out of town, we recommend the following hotels for accommodation:
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Issaquah
1800 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA 98027
Residence Inn by Marriott
7575 164th Ave Ne Redmond, WA, 98052
17601 Redmond Way Redmond, WA, 98052 United States
The charity partner for the Snoqualmie Valley Half is the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. The mission of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is to provide basic needs to our community members to promote self-sufficiency.
To pick up your race packet, you have three options:
- Opt to have your race bib mailed to you. This costs $3.25 and can be selected during the registration process.
- Avoid the lines and come to pre-race packet pick-up at TBD
- Pick up your bib on race morning. Please consult the schedule below for times and plan ahead for long lines.
Race day schedule
7:15am: Packet pick-up opens
8:30am: Half Marathon Start
9:00am: 10k Start
9:00am: Packet pick-up closes
9:45am: Iron Horse Brewery Beer Garden opens
12:30pm: Course closes for all participants
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 have someone pick it up for you 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 Snoqualmie Valley Half. 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 12:30pm.
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 Snoqualmie Valley Run is pleased to announce our support for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
A: Yes, you can pick up a friend or family member’s packet
Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?
A: TBD for 2022