Overall Rating
Overall Rating (34 Reviews)
4.9
(34 Ratings) 🏆 (34 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.1
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.4
The Iron Horse Half Marathon is a scenic, downhill USATF certified half marathon (WA16025RMB) starting at Olallie State Park and finishing in North Bend. The Iron Horse Half Marathon is a point to point half marathon taking place in Washington state on the Iron Horse Trail (part of Washington State … MORE
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    samanthabryant2011 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Very beautiful course that is mostly downhill! A great course to PR on. The Orca Staff were incredible! I’ve never been to a more organized and smooth flowing race. They … MORE

    Very beautiful course that is mostly downhill! A great course to PR on. The Orca Staff were incredible! I’ve never been to a more organized and smooth flowing race. They coordinated the start line drop off perfectly.

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    KEG76 FIRST-TIMER '21

    My first time running the course and I absolutely loved it! There is a slight decline for the first 10 miles and the last 3 miles flatten out so it … MORE

    My first time running the course and I absolutely loved it! There is a slight decline for the first 10 miles and the last 3 miles flatten out so it makes for a fast course. Great scenery and a perfect trail for running, not too hard and not too soft but just right. My fastest Half Marathon time yet, great course! Great production, the race organizers did a wonderful job, I really have enjoyed all my Orca Running events this year they are the best! Awesome swag the IHH hand crafted wood “medal” is awesome but even better I also ran Craft Classic Half along with the Iron Horse Half to earn the coveted Golden Spike Medal! My favorite medal so far it’s awesome! Over all I feel like I’m improving as a runner from each event I run and I look forward to the next! Orca Running is the best and I look forward to running many more events they put together.

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    rtanis07 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was a great race! Plenty of portable restrooms at the shuttle area and at the start. Shuttles were convenient and timely. The short uphill walk from shuttle drop off … MORE

    This was a great race! Plenty of portable restrooms at the shuttle area and at the start. Shuttles were convenient and timely. The short uphill walk from shuttle drop off to the start was a good warm up for the legs. The trail is packed gravel, surrounded by trees, very scenic and peaceful. Gradual downhill until you reach the last 3 miles, where it flattens out. Lots of energy at the finish, great beer, pretty handmade wooden medal. The shirt is super soft and I like the design and fit, however, I was disappointed it only said “Iron Horse” and was missing the “half marathon” wording. Overall, a wonderful and well-organized race.

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    jenfarley FIRST-TIMER '21

    Starts off downhill so you feel great! Finally the first mile wasn’t so bad. I appreciated that don’t use cups. No garbage all over tue place on this beautiful trail. … MORE

    Starts off downhill so you feel great! Finally the first mile wasn’t so bad. I appreciated that don’t use cups. No garbage all over tue place on this beautiful trail.

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    redexmo FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course is beautiful and we lucked out with perfect PNW weather, cloudy, cool with threatening rain. The medal was beautiful, all hand made. The downhill course was so fun … MORE

    The course is beautiful and we lucked out with perfect PNW weather, cloudy, cool with threatening rain. The medal was beautiful, all hand made. The downhill course was so fun to cruise down, though the course flattens out the last ~3 miles. Still flat but feels harder after 10 miles of downhill, so make sure you leave plenty of gas in the tank for the end. The shuttle was smooth, and pre/post race festivities were excellent.

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    colleenmarina FIRST-TIMER '21

    Beautiful course. Each medal was truly one of a kind, handmade--a true collectors item! The shirt is one of my favorites from any race I've done, the logo is great … MORE

    Beautiful course. Each medal was truly one of a kind, handmade–a true collectors item! The shirt is one of my favorites from any race I’ve done, the logo is great and it’s super soft, I also love that it came in a ladies size– not unisex!

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    rebecca FIRST-TIMER '21

    From arriving at the parking lot to driving out after my epic PR, this race was a complete treat! Pre-race communication was top-notch, shuttles were a piece of cake, lines … MORE

    From arriving at the parking lot to driving out after my epic PR, this race was a complete treat! Pre-race communication was top-notch, shuttles were a piece of cake, lines for restrooms were non-existent (at least for me), and the course was AMAZING! Starting was a little congested, given the narrowness of the trail, but things thinned out quickly. The course was beautiful – simply stunning! The last 3 miles were tough, mentally, as I’d gotten sooo used to the descent that the flatness was shocking – ha ha! But the course volunteers cheered me on to a shocking PR (an almost 8 minute PR!!) The finish line energy was wonderful and every finisher was treated like they finished in first place. I can’t wait to run it again next year!

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    ajaske FIRST-TIMER '21

    Fun race to do since it is a gradual downhill - the area around here is so hilly that is hard to find runs like this. Sent out bibs ahead … MORE

    Fun race to do since it is a gradual downhill – the area around here is so hilly that is hard to find runs like this. Sent out bibs ahead of time, information was exact, shuttles ran on time and effectively, took care regarding Covid-19, and even helped me figure out a reasonable wave. Very well done and organized. It was be nice if the t-shirt actually said Half Marathon on it as I am sure someone will ask if Iron Horse is a bar I hang out at.

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    sienanoe FIRST-TIMER '21

    Gorgeous, mostly shaded course and the staff and volunteers were all wonderful - friendly and knowledgeable. Everything was organized and clear and went off without a hitch. Also love that … MORE

    Gorgeous, mostly shaded course and the staff and volunteers were all wonderful – friendly and knowledgeable. Everything was organized and clear and went off without a hitch. Also love that the race shirt was included and not an extra fee and the quality of it was great.

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    nickfrison REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race is incredibly scenic and a great choice for anyone. You want to do your first half marathon? Easy, it's 90% downhill! Been running for awhile and chasing a … MORE

    This race is incredibly scenic and a great choice for anyone. You want to do your first half marathon? Easy, it’s 90% downhill! Been running for awhile and chasing a new PR? Great, it’s 90% downhill! Helpful staff and amazing community as well. Oh, and don’t forget the beer garden at the end!

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    50StateRunner50 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course was a point to point race on a former railroad route. As a result the entire race was either a gentle decline or flat. Race day temperatures were … MORE

    The course was a point to point race on a former railroad route. As a result the entire race was either a gentle decline or flat. Race day temperatures were in the 50s which made for a nice run. I was coming off of an injury so I didn’t push hard, but this course is conducive to running a fast time.

    The scenery was outstanding. I saw a herd of over 100 elk as I approached the shuttles . The course had dense evergreen stands, several bridges, and views of the surrounding mountains. It was cloudy bu that didn’t spoil the views.

    The water stations were stocked with water, electrolyte drinks and gel packs. The race was cup-less, but a handheld water bottle proved more than adequate for me given the number of aid stations on the course. The support staff was very friendly and helpful.

    The swag was OK. Soft T-shirt and a wooden finisher medal.

    There was a coffee truck, beer garden and tension release massage available for purchase in the finishing area.

    Overall this was a great experience. I would recommend the race and Orca for anyone looking of a race in this area.

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    jskaufman FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is a great course for a 1st half marathon or a PR attempt. The gentle downhill for the first 3/4 speeds you along, and there is great scenery along … MORE

    This is a great course for a 1st half marathon or a PR attempt. The gentle downhill for the first 3/4 speeds you along, and there is great scenery along most of the trail. The overall vibe is great, it’s a fun relaxed event – just enough support, really cool swag, and everything went so smoothly. I will be doing this one again for sure.

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    kporter2425 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Sweet gradual downhill most of the way means easy on the legs. Peaceful scenery. Plenty of aid stations and bathrooms available. High energy from volunteers and staff. MORE

    Sweet gradual downhill most of the way means easy on the legs. Peaceful scenery. Plenty of aid stations and bathrooms available. High energy from volunteers and staff.

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    blueskyrunner REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is definitely one of my all-time favorites! Point to point course on packed dirt/gravel, gentle downhill means a fast finish! Can't beat this gorgeous forest trail for scenery. … MORE

    This race is definitely one of my all-time favorites! Point to point course on packed dirt/gravel, gentle downhill means a fast finish! Can’t beat this gorgeous forest trail for scenery. Good selection of finish line snacks and good-looking race swag! You can never go wrong with and Orca Running event, always well organized and fun!

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    RunBeerRepeat REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Beautiful downhill course with a beer garden waiting at the finish line. A start with small waves means you're not tripping over each other. The shuttle to the start is … MORE

    Beautiful downhill course with a beer garden waiting at the finish line. A start with small waves means you’re not tripping over each other. The shuttle to the start is smoothly run and I appreciate the gear check and extra port-a-potties once you get to the start line. A race I always look forward to!

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    omgennie REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a fast course due to it being 90% downhill. I ran it for the second time this year and was not disappointed. Well supported throughout and beautiful views … MORE

    This is a fast course due to it being 90% downhill. I ran it for the second time this year and was not disappointed. Well supported throughout and beautiful views along the way. I am determined to make this an annual end of summer race!

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    dharmalass FIRST-TIMER '19

    Gorgeous Scenery. Very well organized. Super Aid Stations. Amazing Volunteers. Would run it again. Can't wait until next year when I get the chance! MORE

    Gorgeous Scenery. Very well organized. Super Aid Stations. Amazing Volunteers. Would run it again. Can’t wait until next year when I get the chance!

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    lindsmorris09 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Lots of shuttles to get racers to the start and I appreciated porta-potties at the shuttle pick up area and near the start. The waves started a minute or two … MORE

    Lots of shuttles to get racers to the start and I appreciated porta-potties at the shuttle pick up area and near the start. The waves started a minute or two early, but that wasn’t horrible. Great food at the end and beautiful meals.

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    dkbeasley FIRST-TIMER '19

    Downhill trail run on old railway line. Mostly hard packed gravel. Fast course. Small waves so your field isn’t too crowded. Good food options and beer afterwards. Park at the … MORE

    Downhill trail run on old railway line. Mostly hard packed gravel. Fast course. Small waves so your field isn’t too crowded. Good food options and beer afterwards. Park at the end and take a bus to the start.

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    challada FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a beautiful route on a well maintained trail down the mountain. It is a fast course for the first 10 miles, but the last 2 miles feel tough … MORE

    This is a beautiful route on a well maintained trail down the mountain. It is a fast course for the first 10 miles, but the last 2 miles feel tough because they flatten out more than the earlier miles.
    As a first race, this was a nice one to do as it definitely felt well-organized. I did not feel crowd pressure even though it was a huge field of contestants since there were release waves for the start. The aid stations were well placed on the race and right where they were promised. It was smooth sailing and I appreciate that.
    I will probably return to run this again!

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