Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
4.7
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.9
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4
The Great Ferry Race is unlike any other race you’ve ever done. Participants will board the ferry in downtown Seattle by walking on, enjoy the scenic 35 minute crossing to Bainbridge Island, and then assemble on the car deck and walk off. This half marathon race will start on the … MORE
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    rachelwaite FIRST-TIMER '19

    If you have dreams of watching ferry's like Meredith and McDreamy in Grey's Anatomy, you will LOVE running off the ferry in this race. WA state ferry's were cool enough … MORE

    If you have dreams of watching ferry’s like Meredith and McDreamy in Grey’s Anatomy, you will LOVE running off the ferry in this race. WA state ferry’s were cool enough to give the runners a send off honk of the fog horn! The course was partially on trail and a little hilly which was a bit more challenging than your typical road race. Good support and aid stations. Tacos and oreos at the finish! The downtown of Bainbridge Island was fun to peruse after the race and lots of good post-race brunch options that were not too busy.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    Okay so another unique idea by Orca Running Events. I have done many of their races as well as hundreds of others and I am a fussy pants. The race … MORE

    Okay so another unique idea by Orca Running Events. I have done many of their races as well as hundreds of others and I am a fussy pants. The race is on Bainbridge Island which is a cute little town with a modern vibe which I wasn’t expecting. Great restaurants and shops to meander around if you are looking for a bit of a destination race. We spent the night on the island and met the ferry when it came in. Most took the ferry over that am and ran right off which was really cool to watch. They ran off the ferry and under the start arch and we were off! This is a challenging and very hilly course, and I am used to hills! Don’t let this scare you……you can walk the hills. The course is divided by 1/3 road, 1/3 non technical trail but rolling, and 1/3 road again with a downhill finish (thank god!) We ran through a really cute park which was celebrating pride that am and they were in full colors cheering us on which I enjoyed. I really enjoyed the trail portion which ended up around a golf course and back out to the road to head back the way we came. At least you knew what was coming. lol Except I didn’t remember those down portions on the way out so hmmm more damn hills!

    The finish is in a little park perfect for the group size. Tacos, pickles and candy were waiting for us as Orca brings unique food to their venues (Thank you!) They always have enough for the end finishers as well which I hate when races don’t have any for them. Several aid stations along the way but wish they had some gels at them. Many had run out, but I rely on myself anyway.

    Swag was great, nice t-shirt and they have been asking if we would like something else other than shirts as I have hundreds of them now. So, yes please! Always unique and great medals! They offer a bonus medal which I received at this race if you do 3 or more of their events. Yes this was great also.

    Really all and all you can’t go wrong with Orca’s events. This wasn’t my favorite one of theirs but still worth doing and a fun and unique one to do.

    Happy Running!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    sthygesen FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course was hilly, which you are warned about prior to the race but these hills are HILLY. The trail running portion was gorgeous, the were plenty of freindly volunteers … MORE

    The course was hilly, which you are warned about prior to the race but these hills are HILLY. The trail running portion was gorgeous, the were plenty of freindly volunteers and the tacos at the end of the race were the best thing ever. This was a destination race for us and I would travel back to Seattle again for it!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    meganalicem FIRST-TIMER '19

    Running off the ferry boat onto the course is such a unique, fun way to start a race. Bainbridge Island makes for a scenic, charming course and as a beginner … MORE

    Running off the ferry boat onto the course is such a unique, fun way to start a race. Bainbridge Island makes for a scenic, charming course and as a beginner trail runner the trails portion was brutal but worth it. I was far from my PR but had a great time and hope to be back in the future. Orca Running was phenomenal and will certainly join them again soon!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    llryan REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I ran this race last year with my daughter. This year I invited my sister to come up and visit from Reno and run the race with me. It was … MORE

    I ran this race last year with my daughter. This year I invited my sister to come up and visit from Reno and run the race with me. It was her first half marathon and couldn’t have been a better one. We love the scenery. We loved the ride over on the ferry. We love the food at the end.
    The only improvement I would like to see would be better directions to get back to the ferry after the run.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    shelley_hatfield Jun 24, 2019 at 9:14pm

    Hi! We met at the bathroom after the race! Lovely chatting with you and thanks for the HC info. lol I don't like the shirt for next year. Yours is… MORE

    Hi! We met at the bathroom after the race! Lovely chatting with you and thanks for the HC info. lol I don't like the shirt for next year. Yours is awesome!! Congrats again to your Sis! LESS

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    jdavepurcell FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was the most beautiful race I've run in. The road running highlights the areas that some lucky folks get to call home. The trail section is phenomenal. Awesome. Fans … MORE

    This was the most beautiful race I’ve run in. The road running highlights the areas that some lucky folks get to call home. The trail section is phenomenal. Awesome. Fans are lacking but the scenery more than makes up for it. The ferry start is easily the best most energetic start to a race. The bling is acceptable but who cares.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    kentonbruno FIRST-TIMER '19

    Very beautiful race on Bainbridge Island but there are a bunch of hills! It went through multiple parks which were all extremely beautiful and very wonderful. MORE

    Very beautiful race on Bainbridge Island but there are a bunch of hills! It went through multiple parks which were all extremely beautiful and very wonderful.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    Siribori REPEAT RUNNER '19

    great mix of trail and road race. Well marked trails. Challenging hills. Love the post race tacos. Overall an excellent planned race, smaller for a road race, and so fun. … MORE

    great mix of trail and road race. Well marked trails. Challenging hills. Love the post race tacos. Overall an excellent planned race, smaller for a road race, and so fun. Will definitely run again

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    ctdeitrich FIRST-TIMER '19

    Maybe I'm biased because I live on Bainbridge Island, but this race was great! Well-organized, great course, well-marked, volunteers at every important turn, plenty of aid stations, tacos at the … MORE

    Maybe I’m biased because I live on Bainbridge Island, but this race was great! Well-organized, great course, well-marked, volunteers at every important turn, plenty of aid stations, tacos at the finish. Awesome!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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