June 13, 2021

about the Great Ferry Race

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 35 minute crossing to Bainbridge Island, and then assemble on the car deck and walk off.  This half marathon race will start on the ferry dock and take runners all around scenic Bainbridge Island.  The course is approximately 2/3rds road and 1/3rd groomed trail.  After the run, enjoy the post-race festival before picking a return ferry of your choosing back to Seattle.

Bainbridge Island residents (or anyone who doesn’t need to take the ferry) please select the Bainbridge resident option for a discount when registering.

The Great Ferry Race takes place on land historically inhabited by the following Native American tribes:

Coast Salish
dxʷdəwʔabš Duwamish
dxʷsəqʷəb Suquamish

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registration prices

Half Marathon

February – $75

March – $80

April – $85

May – $90

June – $95

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 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 on course

This is a pretty unique course. Not only does it start by walking off a ferry, it’s a great blend of road and (tame) trail running. It’s about 3/4 on road and 1/4 on trail. We are taking advantage of some of Bainbridge Island’s wonderful parks and trails, including Grand Forest and Battle Point Park. By most road race standards, this is a hilly course. By trail running standards, it’s quite flat. There is about 1400′ of elevation gain on this course, so make sure you train on some hills! A word about the trails: these are not technical trails, so you do not need to be an experienced trail runner to do this course. That said, it’s always a good idea to be prepared, so we recommend that you take some time to run on trails prior to the race.

We will have 5 aid stations evenly spaced throughout the course supplied with water, Clif Gels and Nuun Electrolytes.

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.

Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall men and women. In 2021 overall awards will be mailed out. 

PARKING

Participants should seek out on-street parking in downtown Seattle.  For exact information on rates and where to park, please consult this interactive map here. For Bainbridge Island residents, please use on-street parking in and around downtown.

Lodging

We are once again partnering with The Marshall Suites for those seeking lodging on Bainbridge Island.  They are offering 15% off for participants.  In order to receive the discount simply visit the website enter the dates and the promo code “RUNNER15” and the discounted rate will populate.

gear check

Free gear check is included with your entry.  Participants can drop off your gear check bag on the ferry before disembarking.  There will be a Uhaul Mini-Van on the car deck with a sign or cone on top that will be collecting bags.  Be sure to drop off your bag while the ferry is still sailing!

Participants not riding the ferry can drop off their bags at the registration tent at the Winslow Ferry Terminal.

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 the 10×10 Orca Running booth.

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Packet Pickup

All race bibs will be mailed about a week before the race.  If your bib does not arrive on time we can issue you a new one at the Seattle or Winslow Ferry Terminals.

You will pick up your shirt after the race.

Race Day schedule

7:00am: Orca Running Staff at Seattle Ferry Terminal to answer questions, etc.

7:45am: Orca Running Staff at Winslow Ferry Terminal to answer questions, etc.

7:55am: Ferry departs downtown Seattle

8:25am: Participants on Bainbridge Island Start Race

8:30am: Ferry arrives Bainbridge Island, cars begin disembarking

8:35am: Runners assemble on car deck, walk off ferry

8:37am-ish: Race starts! Race will start in pre-assigned waves of 30 people or less, every 2 minutes.

1:00pm: Course closed

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: Are walkers welcome?

A: Absolutely yes!

Q: Are dogs welcome?

A: No, dogs are not allowed to participate in the Great Ferry Race

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Strollers are not allowed for the Great Ferry race.

Q: What time does the course close?

A: The course closes at 12:45 pm. 

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 Great Ferry Race supports Kid’s In Concert and Bainbridge Youth Services.

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?

A: Packets will most likely be mailed out for 2021. Please check back for more info.

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

A: Not for 2021. All registrations must be done before online registration closes.

Q: Is there gear check?

A: Yes! Free gear check is included with your entry.  Participants can drop off your gear check bag on the ferry before disembarking.  There will be a Uhaul Mini-Van on the car deck with a sign or cone on top that will be collecting bags.  Be sure to drop off your bag while the ferry is still sailing!

Participants not riding the ferry can drop off their bags at the registration tent at the Winslow Ferry Terminal.

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 the 10×10 Orca Running booth.

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