Fort Steilacoom Half Marathon

Saturday, October 7, 2017 • Lakewood, WA • Course Map

The penultimate race in a series of more than a dozen trail running events staged from the early spring through the mid-fall season here in Washington state near the Seattle area, the Fort Steilacoom Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K, 10K & 5K makes its 6th annual running this fall.

All five races in the event follow out-and-back courses that take runners entirely within the boundaries of the relatively small (about 340 acres) park near Lakewood, Wash., named Fort Steilcoom Park, which over its history has served the people of the surrounding communities in a variety of roles, including as a onetime military base and later as a farm for a nearby hospital.

Today, of course, the park is purely for recreation, with miles of nature trails and paved walkways that wind through its wide-open grasslands and prairie lands and around Waughop Lake, which sits in the center of the park.

Runners will start and finish the out-and-back course for the half marathon from the parking lot just off Angle Lane in the park’s northeastern corner, and then follow the trails that wind through the eastern and central parts of the park, primarily looping around the lake and through the dense forest areas in the park’s southeastern corner.

The trails also will take runners along the many single-track trails in the northwestern part of the park, near the campus of Fort Steilacoom Community College, before bringing them back to the parking lot for the race finish line.

Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash. (Photo by Razvan Orendovici/flickr)

Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wash. (Photo by Razvan Orendovici/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located just miles from the shores of Puget Sound in northwestern Washington state, about 40 miles southwest of downtown Seattle, Lakewood typically sees cool to mild weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 26°F (in 2002) and as high as 82°F (in 1991).

On race day (Oct. 7), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 62°F.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Fort Steilacoom Half Marathon here.

Starting Times

  • 8:00 AM – full marathon, 50K
  • 9:00 AM – half marathon
  • 9:30 AM – 10K
  • 9:45 AM – 5K


  • $41 – $56 for the half marathon
  • $27 – $42 for the 5K
  • $32 – $47 for the 10K
  • $48 – $64 for the full marathon
  • $53 – $73 for the 50K


To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom 50K, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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