Welcome to Orca Running
2021 R-Pod Medal
Run any 3 races this year and receive this beauty! In person and virtual races both count!
Sunday, June 13th
The Great Ferry Race is a half marathon unlike any other race you’ve ever done. Participants will board the ferry in downtown Seattle by walking on, enjoy the scenic crossing to Bainbridge Island, and then walk right off the ferry to start the race. The course is scenic but challenging, going all over Bainbridge Island. Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride back to Seattle.
Why run with our pod?
The Scenic Courses
We set our sites on creating courses that highlight the beauty of the PNW and with so many distance options there is a race for everyone, even the kiddos!
From the super creative and unique medals to the softest shirts around we make sure you want to show off your race day swag.
We love our runners! We want you to feel supported and welcome at all of our races.
From Our Runners
“I LOVE that on the back of your race bib it told you who you were running for and so much info about the Orca whales. Also it was a beautiful course and Tacos at the end is perfect!! Who doesn’t love tacos!! The only reason I didn’t give 5 shoes was because the portapotties were late but other than that a great race!”
“This race was highly organized by the Orca Running Team! The course was beautiful as we started and finished running though historically famous aircraft at the Museum of Flight! The rest of the course is fast, flat, and family friendly as the course is closed off to traffic! After the race you get the best finisher medal on earth and free entry to enjoy a full day of family fun!”
“Running off the ferry boat onto the course is such a unique, fun way to start a race. Bainbridge Island makes for a scenic, charming course and as a beginner trail runner the trails portion was brutal but worth it. I was far from my PR but had a great time and hope to be back in the future. Orca Running was phenomenal and will certainly join them again soon!!”
“This was my first 10k and it was a total blast. The production was amazing, the course was great and the scenery was beautiful. Orca running is super organized and professional. I can’t wait to do the half marathon next year! Thank you orca running for putting this on!!!”
“WOW JUST WOW! Orca just keeps bringing it time and time again. Every race just keeps getting better. Their races showcase the nature, diversity, and beauty of areas surrounding their home base of Seattle. I travel from Canada and they are so worth it! I’m telling you this small personable team think of every detail! Clearly they are runners and they get this. I did this run as a quick get away with hubby who isn’t a runner. It was a bit pricey but well worth it. If that’s a concern for you, Orca has got you covered! They start the race a bit later so you can walk on the ferry and a shuttle picks you up. You have no excuse not to do this. This race is small and I can’t for the life of me figure out why? PEOPLE YOU ARE MISSING OUT! This is one of my best races ever and I’ve traveled the world for hundreds of them. This is practically in my back yard.”
“What’s not to love?! Downhill on dirt, gorgeous scenery, a really smoothly run race, great medal and shirt, and a beer garden! It’s the best!”
“This is my second time running Birch Bay Road Race. Beautiful course, great race company and warm soup or chilli at the end. Orca running is always amazing”