Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, September 21, 2024 • Anacortes, WA • Course Map

Timed to coincide with this small coastal city’s annual Anacortes Arts Festival — which draws some of the region’s best painters, musicians, artisans and culinary artists — the Art Dash Half Marathon & 5K makes its 16th annual running with an out-and-back route that takes runners along the Tommy Thompson Parkway trail along Fidalgo Bay.

Runners start the half marathon in from of the City Hall building in downtown Anacortes, at the intersection of 6th Street and Q Avenue. From there, the 13.1-mile route takes runners south along Q Avenue for roughly a mile before turning them onto the Tommy Thompson Trail, the three-mile-long former railway line that has been converted into a paved running, walking and jogging trail along the waters of Fidalgo Bay.

The course takes runners southeast along the trail for the next two miles until they cross the trestle bridge over the bay and head into March Point, where they’ll make a loop around the northernmost part of the point.

At March’s Point Road, runners start what will be a counter-clockwise loop around the point, heading east along North Texas Road, north along East March Point Road and south along March’s Point Road before re-joining the Tommy Thompson Parkway to make the return route back into Anacortes for the race finish.

The final four miles of the race are a re-tracing of the steps runners ran in the first half, just in the opposite direction this time. Along the way, runners should be able to spy blackberries and salmonberries growing on the hills that rise up on one side of the trail, while the Mount Baker Ski Resort could also be visible in the distance, depending on the race day weather.

The finish line for the race actually lies a few blocks past the starting line, as runners will continue on past the 6th Street & Q Avenue intersection where they started and continue three blocks to 3rd Street.

Here, they’ll turn left and then turn again right onto Commercial Avenue, where they’ll head toward the water for the race finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located on Fidalgo Island in the state’s northwestern corner, across the Juan de Fuca Strait from the Canadian port city of Victoria and roughly 70 miles northwest of Seattle, Anacortes sees some of its warmest and driest weather in September, when its temperatures average between 53°F and 72°F.

On race day (Sep. 21), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 73ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon here.


  • $48+ for the Half Marathon
  • $29+ for the 5k


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the Anacortes Art Dash Half Marathon & 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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1 comment… add one
  • Claire Stern September 7, 2016, 2:54 pm

    To Jennifer Wilson,


    We are reaching out on behalf of the Seattle Marathon Association to find fresh new vendors, partners and sponsors, and we think your Anacortes Art Dash would be a great fit for our 2016 events.

    If you are a past or returning vendor or sponsor, we would just like to send you a reminder about all of our other opportunities for the 2016 November events.

    We are anticipating 10,000-15,000 participants at our November events with the majority being ages 25-45.

    The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non-profit organization governed by a five-member Board of Directors. It is proud of its commitment to providing a quality running event in the Pacific Northwest, providing our sponsors with maximum exposure in association with the event and making a positive social and economic impact on the city of Seattle. Using the Visitors and Convention Bureau Statistics, a conservative positive economic impact to the Seattle economy is five million dollars per year. With the current growth trend of the Seattle Marathon, the economic impact could double within three years.

    To produce an annual Seattle Marathon event, the quality of which is a credit to our sponsors and the communities we serve. We encourage participation by runners, walkers and volunteers of all skill levels.

    *Vendor Opportunities for race weekend. For more information Brochures are attached and you can go to our vendor opportunities and sponsor opportunities at

    November 25 & 26
    Health&Fitness Expo
    Our two-day Health &Fitness EXPO is held at The Westin Hotel on November 25th & 26th.
    The event is open to the public and attracts 30,000-40,000 attendees including racers, family members and other health enthusiasts.

    November 26
    Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon
    Seattle Center – approximately 2,000 participants with family members
    Vendors at location on race day

    November 27
    Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon
    Seattle Center – approximately 12,000 participants with family members
    Vendors at location on race day

    *Sponsorship Opportunities. The Seattle Marathon Association is happy to provide a number of sponsorship opportunities that range in cost from $250-$100,000 as well as in-kind sponsorships. You can view more information about our current sponsors and our opportunities on our webpage at

    Monetary Sponsorship
    Support one or more of our events as a financial sponsor in exchange for various opportunities. Packages range from $250 – $50,000.

    In-kind sponsorship
    Provide samples, products or services in exchange for promotions, advertising and recognition at our events.

    Goody bag inserts
    Include a sample, coupon or flyer in our goody bags, which are handed directly to all participants.

    Social Media & Online Promotional Trades
    An exchange of social media, newsletter and/or website promotions.

    Please let me know if you are interested in being added as a vendor or in a race sponsorship. I will have our EXPO Coordinator reach out with additional details.

    Thank you,

    Louise Long
    Race Director
    Executive Director

    Seattle Marathon Association
    S E A T T L E M A R A T H O N . O R G


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