Overall Rating
Overall Rating (18 Reviews)
4.8
(18 Ratings)(18 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.6
SCENERY
4.1
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.6
Indulge in two of Seattle’s true loves: Running and Craft Beer! The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5K offers a unique Seattle area course with fast times, riverside views and a delicious craft beer reward at the finish line from Iron Horse Brewery. Race giveaways for all participants include a … MORE
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    kaluancreme REPEAT RUNNER '21

    The area was under an excessive heat warning and Orca made sure racers were well supported and had plenty of options in case they couldn’t complete the half. Well organized, … MORE

    The area was under an excessive heat warning and Orca made sure racers were well supported and had plenty of options in case they couldn’t complete the half. Well organized, lots of communication, well supported, great course for a PR (except during excessive heat), beautiful area, awesome swag, quality beer / beer garden at the finish. Photographers (free photos), well marked course and official chip timing.

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    juliajfleming REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Very organized and great support from Orca Running kept us feeling safe to run during the heat wave. Course is nice and flat with pretty scenery and bald eagle spottings, … MORE

    Very organized and great support from Orca Running kept us feeling safe to run during the heat wave. Course is nice and flat with pretty scenery and bald eagle spottings, although the out-and-back can get a little boring on the way back and you have to stay alert for passing bikers on the trail. Overall, a really great race – plus what can beat a beer garden at the finish line!

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    lewisdca REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is one of my favorite races. It's a great, flat out and back course along the Sammamish River trail. This year we had record breaking heat so I choose … MORE

    This is one of my favorite races. It’s a great, flat out and back course along the Sammamish River trail. This year we had record breaking heat so I choose to walk it instead of run. The staff and volunteers did a great job of keeping us cool and keeping our spirits up for such a hot day in the PNW. I do several races with this company during the year and they never disappoint!

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    hms5001 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Highly recommend this flat and fast course! Every Orca Running event I’ve done is SO well organized, and they did an awesome job keeping runners safe and hydrated during the … MORE

    Highly recommend this flat and fast course! Every Orca Running event I’ve done is SO well organized, and they did an awesome job keeping runners safe and hydrated during the historic heat wave! Also – their medals, shirts, and other swag goes far outshines other races!

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    This race was awesome - especially thanks to the amazing on course support. I was so worried that the race would be cancelled because of the crippling weather conditions that … MORE

    This race was awesome – especially thanks to the amazing on course support. I was so worried that the race would be cancelled because of the crippling weather conditions that none of us were used to. However the Orca team really showed us that they truly cared about us by adding aid stations, water sprayers – I could really tell in the faces of the volunteers as they poured water on our heads and gave us handful of ice that they genuinely cared about us and wanted us to have a great and safe experience. The course was great, and I can’t wait to run it next year in normal temperatures! The swag was awesome as usual, with the medal that doubles as a bottle opener and a T shirt that is so pretty I wish I could wear it to work! I also love the extra swag of the wooden coaster, so that I can brag about my race accomplishments in many different ways. The beer tent at the end was also awesome, nothing better than a yummy meatball and cold local beer after finishing a half marathon. I cannot say enough good things about this race and the Orca team as a whole – thank you for putting together such a fun and safe race!

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    koftechester95 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is a beautiful, flat course on a wide, paced trail! There was great course support, especially since we were having a heat wave. They sprayed runners down with water … MORE

    This is a beautiful, flat course on a wide, paced trail! There was great course support, especially since we were having a heat wave. They sprayed runners down with water who requested it! That felt so good. The finish area had many places to hang out, good snacks and a beer garden. The swag is top notch like always!

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    metalman REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Excellent race. This was my second time running this race. Orca always puts on a great show. Plenty of aid stations, well marked course which is all on paved waking … MORE

    Excellent race. This was my second time running this race. Orca always puts on a great show. Plenty of aid stations, well marked course which is all on paved waking trails. Lots of snacks at the end and a sweet beer garden too. Great race communication throughout registration up to race day. Highly recommend scenic and flat course.

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    krnahan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Orca put on another well organized run. It was the middle of an unprecedented heat wave, but they responded by adding an aid station to the 5k route, moving start … MORE

    Orca put on another well organized run. It was the middle of an unprecedented heat wave, but they responded by adding an aid station to the 5k route, moving start times up to avoid midday as much as possible and ensuring all runners had access to hydration.
    The swag was great, lots of post run snacks, easy to get to and park at, and super fun Orca staffers/volunteers to celebrate your insanity with you. The trail ran along the Sammamish river and is beautiful, nice and flat for 95%. Biggest issue was the heat and most of the course doesn’t have shade so it was hot and hard, but nothing you can do about that one.
    I fully intend to run this one again! Loved the run itself, just not the circumstances I ran in.

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    snooksd73 FIRST-TIMER '21

    You will not be disappointed about 1 thing when your run an Orca race. Great communication with runners prior to race day. Always well organized, and they aren't, you don't … MORE

    You will not be disappointed about 1 thing when your run an Orca race. Great communication with runners prior to race day. Always well organized, and they aren’t, you don’t know about it. The aid stations are fully stocked with everything you need including people happy to be there. The after party is one you never want to leave straight away. Should we talk swag!!!! Super soft shirt and a medal your want to hang up for all to see. Thanks for a great race experience.

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    KEG76 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great course, only about 9' total elevation gain over the course which is totally opposite what I've been running so far. Beautiful paved path along the Sammamish River in the … MORE

    Great course, only about 9′ total elevation gain over the course which is totally opposite what I’ve been running so far. Beautiful paved path along the Sammamish River in the very nice City of Redmond, Washington. I had never been to Redmond before so it was great to experience this area for the first time during the run. This is thought of as a PR course and if not for the heat I maybe could have run my personal best time. I think my wife said it was about 85 degrees at one point during the run. To me it felt more like 1,000 lol, I would say the heat was absolutely the most challenging aspect of this run and it was both mentally and physically challenging. Overall I would say Awesome beautiful course great production sweet swag and personally one of my better performances of the summer, A+++

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    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Just outside of Seattle (~20 minutes), this is a flat, fast out and back. The race production was wonderful, especially the communication leading up to the race. The staff were … MORE

    Just outside of Seattle (~20 minutes), this is a flat, fast out and back. The race production was wonderful, especially the communication leading up to the race. The staff were accommodating and prompt in their responses, swag was great (very soft T-shirt, cool Mesa and coaster). Very highly recommend!!!

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    ebwinters FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race is very flat, and probably a PR course. There were a lot of aid stations along the way, and the event was run very well. We started right … MORE

    This race is very flat, and probably a PR course. There were a lot of aid stations along the way, and the event was run very well. We started right on time and it was fun!

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    jingles.penguin13 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was my second time running this race. Super flat so a great course to PR. It was super hot this year, but that didn’t stop this race from being … MORE

    This was my second time running this race. Super flat so a great course to PR. It was super hot this year, but that didn’t stop this race from being mindful of that and having lots of aid stations. It’s an out and back loop so the scenery can get a bit repetitive but as I mentioned it’s super flat. Also easy to find parking before race.

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    wazzugirl FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course was a flat out and back. Volunteers were very helpful and in all the right spots. Race started on time. Post race was awesome for variety of food and … MORE

    Course was a flat out and back. Volunteers were very helpful and in all the right spots. Race started on time. Post race was awesome for variety of food and quality of swag. Would definitely do this race again.

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    laters771 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I enjoyed this very much beautiful easy course. In fact i pr’d on my half time. Plenty of water and portta potties. Race crew super friendly. I love Orca MORE

    I enjoyed this very much beautiful easy course. In fact i pr’d on my half time. Plenty of water and portta potties. Race crew super friendly. I love Orca

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    enbillings REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Orca run club puts on awesome races. Great medals, shirts, organized, and photographers. Run is flat and great for PRs, kinda bottlenecks at the start of the race, and sometimes … MORE

    Orca run club puts on awesome races. Great medals, shirts, organized, and photographers. Run is flat and great for PRs, kinda bottlenecks at the start of the race, and sometimes other people are on the path (ie bikers) but overall great race. 2nd year running it.

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    absotillo FIRST-TIMER '19

    Really pretty and flat, relatively small race. I liked the out and back because it was really fun/encouraging to see the other runners pass by. Not too many spectators. MORE

    Really pretty and flat, relatively small race. I liked the out and back because it was really fun/encouraging to see the other runners pass by. Not too many spectators.

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    ritzbauer FIRST-TIMER '19

    I would recommend this race to everyone, families to serious runners! The course was very nice, not too much on the roads and followed the river where there were ducks, … MORE

    I would recommend this race to everyone, families to serious runners! The course was very nice, not too much on the roads and followed the river where there were ducks, geese and rabbits. The medal is very clever as it doubles as a bottle opener!

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