Washington State’s Whidbey Island is the setting for the Whidbey Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1K, which takes place each spring on the second-longest island in the continental United States, and is set for its 10th annual running this year.
Accessible by vehicle from the mainland (the island lies just north of Seattle in Washington’s Puget Sound, Whidbey Island is a treasure of scenic natural beauty — with ample views of the nearby ocean, peaceful backroads through the island’s farmland areas, and the snow-capped peaks of the nearby Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.
Runners will get to see many of the sights and sounds available here during the race, as much of the course takes runners along the waterfront.
The course for the half marathon starts near the finish line of the full 26.2-mile marathon, at Oak Harbor Beach Park on Beeksma Drive near the island’s Oak Harbor waterfront area.
From there, the point-to-point course winds through paved city streets, country roads and trails, taking runners and walkers (the race is open to both) along Bayshore Drive, through Windjammer Park, ultimately southward toward Windjammer Park on the middle portion of the island near Penn Cove.
For most of the race, the half marathon offers gently rolling hills, with the most significant changes in elevation occurring between the quarter-point and half-way point in the race (overall, the half marathon experiences a net rise of about 150 feet in elevation).
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the coast of Crescent Harbor on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington state, roughly a 90-mile drive northwest from Seattle, Oak Harbor typically sees cool to mild April temperatures.
On race day (April 23), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 56ºF.
- 2016 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 7:45 AM – full marathon
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- 9:00 AM – 10K, 5K
- $55 – $110 for the half marathon
- $65 – $130 for the full marathon
- $35 – $55 for the 10K
- $25 – $45 for the 5K
- $10 for the 1K kids run
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Oak Harbor’s Whidbey Island Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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