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.

Swag

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

registration prices

Half Marathon

TBD- Check back soon!

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.  

Awards

Plaques will be given to the top 3 overall men and women. In addition, we have awards for the top 3 overall men and women in each 5 year age group. Age groups start with 19&under, 20-24, 25-29, up to 80-84.

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.

charity

Each and every Orca Running race supports a charity. The Great Ferry Race supports Kid’s In Concert and Bainbridge Youth Services.

Packet Pickup

Coming Soon!

schedule

 

Race Day

6:30am: Packet pickup in downtown Seattle opens for race day packet pickup

7:30am: Packet pickup opens on Bainbridge Island

7:55am: Ferry departs downtown Seattle

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

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

8:37am-ish: Race starts!

12:45pm: 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 your confirmation email.  You can also look up your registration here.

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 Great Ferry Race

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: We highly discourage the use of a stroller during this race as it is a challenging course with several miles of trail. However, they are technically allowed. 

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: 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: If the race is not sold out, yes you can register in-person.  You can pay with cash (exact change only), check, or credit card.  

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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