March 6th, 2021

USATF Certified Half Marathon

about the Lake sammamish half

The Lake Sammamish Half Marathon takes runners along the smooth trail that connects Marymoor Park in Redmond to Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. This interurban trail is very popular with runners; about 30% of the course will be on smooth gravel surface and 70% on pavement. We offer a generous 4 hour time limit for all participants. This flat run is perfect for a half-marathon personal best whether you’re running or walking! 

The Lake Sammamish Half was started in 2010 by Roger Michel and Yumay Chang, and in later years Dana Anderson directed the race to great success. Orca Running is thrilled to be producing this season opener race for 2021 and beyond.

The Lake Sammamish Half takes place on land historically inhabited by the following Native American tribes:

Coast Salish
dxʷdəwʔabš Duwamish
stuləgʷábš Stillaguamish

Swag

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

registration prices

Half Marathon

November: $70

December $75

January: $80

February: $85

March: $90

Packet Pickup/Race Day: $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

Start Line Location: Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway, Redmond, WA 98052

Finish Line Location: Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah, WA 98027

The Lake Sammamish Half course is USATF certified (certification number WA19027RMB) and hugs the eastern shoreline of Lake Sammamish. It is a fast course. 

IN 2021 WE WILL NOT BE USING THE CERTIFIED COURSE, BUT IT WILL BE AN ACCUARATE 13.1 COURSE.

There will be aid stations on the course serving water, Clif Gels, and Nuun electrolyte drink.  Runners will hit the aid stations every 2-3 miles.

Shuttles

For 2021 shuttles will run at 1/3 capacity and all covid-19 protocols must be followed. Particpants must wear a mask and be spaced out.

We provide free shuttles for participants from the finish line back to the start line area. The shuttle is free for all participants.  The shuttles leave when full or every 15 minutes, whichever occures first.  The shuttles are heated.

Don’t forget to pick up your gear check bag before you board the shuttle!

Awards

After the race plaques will be mailed to the top 3 overall men and women. 

PARKING

Start Line Parking: There is plenty of parking at Marymoor Park. Please arrive early enough to find a spot, pick up your race packet, and get ready to start.  Parking costs $1 and can be paid via credit card or cash at the kiosk.

Finish Line Parking: Your friends and family are welcome to park at Lake Sammamish State Park to watch you cross the finish line. However, because it’s a state park, every vehicle is required to display a Discover Pass (good at all state parks and other state lands). You can purchase a pass in advance online or at the park’s automated pay station. Both one-day and annual passes are available.

Lodging

We recommend the Seattle Marriott Redmond.

gear check

Free gear check is available at the Lake Sammamish 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 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Charity Partner

Each and every Orca Running race supports a charity. The Lake Sammamish Half benefits Cascade Leadership Challenge, a wonderful non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor adventure opportunities to youth ages 14-20. They serve underprivileged kids in our communities by organizing camping trips and other fun events so kids can enjoy the outdoors and learn leadership skills at the same time. Cascade Leadership Challenge is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and if you’re interested please contact them directly.

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.

PACKET PICKUP

Due to COVID-19 race bibs will be mailed out the week before the race. 

You can pick up your shirt and any additional items purchased at the finish line.

 

schedule

Race Day

The race will start in waves of 10 participants leaving every 3 minutes.  Per WA State guidelines participants will be assigned waves according to their estimated finish time.

7:15am: Early Start Walker Wave 1

7:20am: Early Start Walker Wave 2

7:25am: Early Start Walker Wave 3

7:30am: Wave 1 Starts

7:33am: Wave 2 Starts

7:36am: Wave 3 Starts

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1:00pm: Course closes

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 Lake Sammamish Half. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Strollers are not allowed at the Lake Sammamish Half.

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 8:00pm the day before the race.

Q: What/who does this race benefit?

A: The Lake Sammamish Half benefits Cascade Challenge, a wonderful non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor adventure opportunities to youth ages 14-20. They serve underprivileged kids in our communities by organizing camping trips and other fun events so kids can enjoy the outdoors and learn leadership skills at the same time. Cascade Challenge is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and if you’re interested please contact them directly.

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 available at the Lake Sammamish 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 at Lake Sammamish S

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