Saturday, April 15, 2017 • North Bend, WA • Course Map
Fans of the early 1990s cult TV show Twin Peaks will likely feel right at home in this small, upscale bedroom community just outside Seattle, as the town of roughly 5,700 residents served as one of the main filming locations for the David Lynch-directed ABC series, which starred Kyle McLachlan as the intrepid Agent Cooper investigating the mysterious murder of hometown girl Laura Palmer.
Today, visitors get to take in the green, mountainous Pacific Northwest scenery that attracted the filmmakers back then, as they’ll get to trek through the hilly region known as Rattlesnake Ridge, which features a 5-mile run in addition to the half marathon. Runners will follow out-and-back courses for the five-miler, but a point-to-point course for the half marathon.
Runners are set to start the half at Snoqualmie Point Park, which lies just off Interstate 90, east of Echo Lake. From there, the course takes runners south along a series of trails through the hilly woods of Rattlesnake Ridge, along the the Snoqualmie Ridge Trail into the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, and join up later with the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail in the race’s second half.
This is a challenging trail run, organizers point out — the elevation gain for the half marathon is about 2,700 feet over the course of the race.
Once they make it south all the way to Rattlesnake Lake, the course turns off onto the Snoqualmie Valley Trail for a long, flat out-and-back stretch (and a break from the hills earlier in the race). The race finish line lies in the parking lot next to the lake.
Runners may take either the race-provided shuttle bus or their own cars to the starting line at Snoqualmie Point Park.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Snoqualmie River in northwest Washington state, about 30 miles east of downtown Seattle, North Bend typically sees April temperatures that average between 39°F and 58°F, while rainfall totals average about 4.6 inches for the month.
On race day (April 15), the average low is 38ºF and the average high is 58ºF.
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- 9:30 AM – 5-mile
Course Time Limit
5 1/2 hours for the half marathon
- $41 – $60 for the half marathon
- $29 – $45 for the 5-mile
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of North Bend’s Rattlesnake Ridge Run Half Marathon, 5-mile or 50K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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