New running event for West Seattle: Orca Half on September 25th

We’ve already reported that the city’s bringing back a “car-free day” street party to West Seattle this year, after a year off, on September 25th. And now we know that, like six previous such days, this one will include a running event. Today we got first word of the Orca Half, explained by its organizers:

Part of the Orca Running family of races, the Orca Half is a half marathon along the shores of West Seattle, starting and finishing on Alki. The race is brand new for 2016 and is being organized in cooperation with Seattle Summer Parkways to encourage people to take advantage of the city’s largest public spaces – the streets! Runners will enjoy the use of traffic-free roads for the first portion of the run on Alki. Registration opens on June 1st.

According to the race website, registration will be limited to 450 people, ages 15 and up, and participants will have to finish the half-marathon within four hours; it starts at 8:30 am and the course will close at 12:30 pm. We haven’t yet found the exact course on the website but we did find this description: “The course is 100% along the West Seattle waterfront, from Alki to Lincoln Park.” (On September 25th, the road closure will be from 63rd/Alki to Don Armeni, and Seattle Summer Parkways will include other events for which SDOT is leading the planning process.)

10 Replies to "New running event for West Seattle: Orca Half on September 25th"

  • runner May 26, 2016 (7:59 pm)

    Excited about this race. Too many 5 K’s in West Seattle.

  • Wes May 26, 2016 (8:05 pm)

    I was looking for something local to train for!

  • CandrewB1 May 26, 2016 (8:29 pm)

    Alki to Lincoln is much less than 13.1. Is it to there and back?

    • Bonnie May 26, 2016 (8:31 pm)

      Yes, it would have to be out and back.  The Salty Half (which is in October) goes from around the water taxi (actually the boat ramp but I can’t think of the name) to Lincoln Park and back.

  • DC May 26, 2016 (8:33 pm)

    Race route:

  • Wsea May 26, 2016 (8:52 pm)

    Love the idea of a more challenging race. Just so others know, saltys has a half marathon to Lincoln park and back. There is also the green river full and half marathon which ends at tullys on Akli. The marathon is June 4 or 5.

  • Adam May 26, 2016 (9:43 pm)

    What a beautiful course that will be. My team is always looking for new and exciting runs to partake in. Would love to see more triathlons in the area too! Not sure Sept 25th is ideal for us this year though as we’ve already committed to the tough mudder this year which i believe is on the same day!

  • GB May 26, 2016 (10:18 pm)

    It looks as though one can register now, sign up link is available and active from the link within the story

  • Kimberley May 27, 2016 (7:28 am)

    Seems odd that packet pick-up would be all the way out at Greenlake instead of over at West Seattle Runner.

    • Porter May 27, 2016 (3:34 pm)

      There will be another day of packet pickup as well in West Seattle, on Friday, most likely at West Seattle Runner. 

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