September 18 and 19, 2021
USATF Certified Half Marathon
Why should you run in the Orca Half? Here are
six seven reasons:
- Stupendous view of downtown Seattle, Blake Island, Vashon Island and Puget Sound!
- It’s pretty darned flat.
- People love the race! Read our reviews on RaceRaves.
- It’s part of the high-quality, locally-owned, runner-oriented family of Orca Running events.
- As with all Orca Running events, it benefits a local non-profit: The Whale Trail
- You might even see a pod of Orcas while running!
- The race is USATF Certified!
If not already sold out online registration will close on September 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm. Register by August 20th, 2021 to guarantee your shirt size.
November – December: $77
January – March: $82
April – June: $87
July – September: – $92
In person at packet pick-up or on race day: $100
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!
proudly serving Nuun on course
The race starts at Lincoln Park, which is located at: 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136
The course finishes at Don Armeni Boat Launch, located at: 1222 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
The water taxi will have an early sailing specifically for the race departing downtown Seattle at 7:30am. You can see the rest of the schedule here.
Shuttles will take participants from the finish area to the start area before the race. There will be no shuttles after the race.
The start line is about a 1/2 mile hike (mostly downhill) from the shuttle drop off zone down to the waterfront.
The course is point to point, with two small out and back sections in the beginning and a longer one towards the end. Runners will be in the parking lane, sidewalks, and on the Alki Trail. Roads will not be closed to traffic, but the parking lane will be clear of cars. Please do not run in the road!
Shuttles ONLY run before the race. Participants will be shuttled from the finish line at the Don Armeni Boat Ramp to the start line at Lincoln Park. Shuttles will leave every 10-15 minutes starting at 6:30am.
The shuttle from the finish line to the start line is approximately 15 minutes so please plan accordingly to arrive at the start on time. There is also a 10-15 minute walk from the shuttle drop off zone down to the start line on the waterfront.
Plaques will be given to the top 3 overall men and women. Only the 1st wave is eligible for overall awards. 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.
Carpool! We really really encourage you to carpool. This is Seattle, after all. All participants must park near the finish line at the Don Armeni Boat Ramp as participants will be shuttled to the start. There is no parking at the start line at Lincoln Park as the shuttles will only run before the race, not afterward.
There is plenty of on-street parking in and around Alki and West Seattle. Remember that the later you arrive, the greater the chance that you will need to walk a little way to get to the start line. So plan ahead!
We recommend staying at the Embassy Suites at Pioneer Square. Orca Half participants qualify for a special rate. To book, either use this link or call the hotel and mention that you are booking a room for the Orca Half. Reservations can be made by calling (206) 859-4400.
Embassy Suites is conveniently located in downtown Seattle and is a 15 minute drive to the race finish line. To view a map of the hotel’s location, please click here.
You can get a King suite for $239 a night. The king suite has a sleeper sofa in the living room. Maximum occupancy for the two queen suite is 6 people. There is a $20 charge per person for for more than double occupancy.
Rate includes complimentary, cooked-to- order breakfast. Evening Reception is 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
We offer a free gear check at the starting line! 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.
Each and every Orca Running race supports a charity. The Orca Half is happy to announce that we are working with The Whale Trail, a West Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to inspiring appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. A portion of every race entry will go to The Whale Trail. Look for their booth and volunteers on race day!
We have 2 days of packet pickup:
You can also pick up your packet at the FINISH LINE before you take a shuttle to the start line between 6:30am- 8:30am. You cannot pick up your packet at the start line.
Date: Thursday, September 17th
Location: West Seattle Runner
Prior to Race Day: Please see Packet Pickup for more information
Pre-race packet pickup is from 6:15am-8:30am.
Shuttles from the finish area to Lincoln Park (starting line area) will start at 6:30am and will run until 8:30am.
- The time printed on your bib is the time you should board the shuttle from the Don Armeni Boat Ramp
- The start line will be an open start line. This means you can start your race when you are ready.
- There will not be a typical mass start with announcements, all pre-race announcements will be in your pre-race email.
Wave 1: 7:20am (only corral eligible for overall awards)
Wave 2: 7:30am
Wave 3: 7:45am
Wave 4: 8:00am
Wave 5: 8:15am
Wave 6: 8:30am
Wave 7: 8:45am
Wave 8: 9:00am
Course closes: 1:00pm. Participants still out on the course after 1:00pm will not be removed from the course, but may continue with the understanding that the finish line area and aid stations will be removed at 1:00pm.
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?
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 Orca Half. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.
Q: Are strollers welcome?
A: The liability insurance for the race through USA Track and Field does not cover strollers, so please no strollers. The course is also narrow in spots and does have a stretch of dirt/gravel as well.
Q: What time does the course close?
A: The course closes at 11:30am.
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 Orca Half is happy to announce that we are working with The Whale Trail, a West Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to inspiring appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. A portion of every race entry will go to The Whale Trail. Look for their booth and volunteers on race day!
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 Orca 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.