Sunday, September 12, 2021 • Oak Harbor, WA • Course Map
Washington State’s Whidbey Island is the setting for the Whidbey Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1K, which takes place each year on the second-longest island in the continental United States, and is set for its 13th 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 the Bayshore Drive Waterfront in beautiful downtown Oak Harbor.
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 September temperatures.
On race day (Sep. 12), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 65ºF.
- 2019 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Whidbey Island Half Marathon Results
- 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
- 7:00 AM – full marathon
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- 9:00 AM – 10K, 5K
- $65 – $115 for the half marathon
- $75 – $140 for the full marathon
- $35 – $55 for the 10K
- $25 – $45 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Oak Harbor’s Whidbey Island Marathon or Half Marathon, visit the event website below.
Official Race Website
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