Saturday, April 16, 2022 • 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–or a second out-and-back course along the rail trail if they prefer.
For the ridge 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.
For the rail half marathon, runners start at the ridge’s finish line at Rattlesnake Lake and complete an out-and-back course along the rail trail. Newly added as an option in 2019, race organizers describe this course as a fast course.
Runners may take either the race-provided shuttle bus or their own cars to the starting line at Snoqualmie Point Park. For the rail half marathon, parking is available at Rattlesnake Lake.
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 41°F and 61°F, while rainfall totals average about 5 inches for the month.
On race day (April 16), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 56ºF.
- 2018 Rattlesnake Ridge Run Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Rattlesnake Ridge Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Rattlesnake Ridge Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Rattlesnake Ridge Run Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 9:30 AM – 5-mile
Course Time Limit
- 4 hours, 40 minutes – half marathon
- 2 1/2 hours – 5-mile
- $44 and up – half marathon
- $31 and up – 5-mile
To reserve your spot in the 2022 running of North Bend’s Rattlesnake Ridge Run Half Marathon or 5-mile race, register online at Webscorer.com here.
Official Race Website
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