Overall Rating
Overall Rating (24 Reviews)
4.6
(24 Ratings)  (24 Reviews)
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4.7
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4.8
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4.7
Prepare yourself for a running event like no other. Romance. Kitsch. Sweat. My Better Half Marathon is a celebration of running, romance and rom-coms. There are 4 categories: Bromance (two guy friends), Besties (two girl friends), Lovers (romantically involved) and Lonely Hearts (self-explanatory). Lover’s registration is for couples of all … MORE
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    catie REPEAT RUNNER '24

    Ive done this race twice. The double loop is a mental challenge, but you do get more chances to see people who leaned into theme with creative costumes. I like … MORE

    Ive done this race twice. The double loop is a mental challenge, but you do get more chances to see people who leaned into theme with creative costumes. I like that it’s an opportunity in February – something to motivate me to keep running thru the short winter days

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    kohollaren REPEAT RUNNER '24

    As a repeat runner, this race has me coming back year after year. It is a challenging course but it is beautiful! It is always REALLY chilly but it is … MORE

    As a repeat runner, this race has me coming back year after year. It is a challenging course but it is beautiful! It is always REALLY chilly but it is so refreshing to see water at almost any point on the course! The aid stations are wonderful!

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    ldunayski FIRST-TIMER '24

    The My Better Half is such a fun and festive race! Loved seeing all the festive Valentine's Day themed outfits on so many runners. Running in the park and along … MORE

    The My Better Half is such a fun and festive race! Loved seeing all the festive Valentine’s Day themed outfits on so many runners. Running in the park and along the water was so beautiful. The medal is GORGEOUS. The quarter-zip shirt given to runners fits so nicely and is really lightweight! The finish line has so many fun vendors and a hot oatmeal bar with so many delicious toppings. Totally recommend this race!

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    ndrwzhlr FIRST-TIMER '24

    My favorite parts of this event were the quality production value, the smart-looking quarter-zip race shirt, the major enthusiasm of the Orca Running staff and volunteers, and the beautiful views … MORE

    My favorite parts of this event were the quality production value, the smart-looking quarter-zip race shirt, the major enthusiasm of the Orca Running staff and volunteers, and the beautiful views from the course along Lake Washington. Also, the “tunnel of love” was a fun feature. Runners should know that close-by parking can be limited in Seward Park and the surrounding neighborhood, so arriving early, carpooling, or taking public transit can make for a smoother race-day experience. I wound up taking the bus and light rail to the race, and even though I had to hit the road pretty early, not having to worry about parking make for smoother, simpler logistics.

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    Loved this race! Since SP is not quite a 5k there is some out-and-back action. Everyone is so awesome and encouraging. Super fun! The way is paved and away from … MORE

    Loved this race! Since SP is not quite a 5k there is some out-and-back action. Everyone is so awesome and encouraging. Super fun! The way is paved and away from the street. The view is fabulous!

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    cbowlan FIRST-TIMER '24

    Really enjoyable race with a lot of good planning and helpful volunteers. Having the REI people there with a lot of seating areas and small gas campfires was really great … MORE

    Really enjoyable race with a lot of good planning and helpful volunteers. Having the REI people there with a lot of seating areas and small gas campfires was really great especially because I was the 2nd part of the relay.

    I wish more people did the relay than just the half marathon because I originally assumed that was the whole point.

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    cryanho FIRST-TIMER '24

    I absolutely love the concept of doing a half marathon relay and working together as a team! The route was beautiful, but rainy today. Easy to follow routes. First loop … MORE

    I absolutely love the concept of doing a half marathon relay and working together as a team! The route was beautiful, but rainy today. Easy to follow routes. First loop does have a small but steep hill, but what goes up must come down. Most of the run is pretty flat. This is a great fun race to do with a partner of any sort. Highly recommend.

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    kmskinner6 FIRST-TIMER '24

    -Easy to locate start/finish -Course is very flat with 1 hill at the start -I found that a lot of the pavement and sidewalks were a little rough, raised and … MORE

    -Easy to locate start/finish
    -Course is very flat with 1 hill at the start
    -I found that a lot of the pavement and sidewalks were a little rough, raised and bumpy. Just need to be mindful of foot placement.
    -it was a VERY rainy day, but the scenery was still beautiful. Tall evergreen trees canopying over you, constant water views and if it’s a clear day you’ll get a picturesque mt. Rainer view!
    -loved the REI sponsorship and delicious hot oatmeal bar after.

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    acoustikarl FIRST-TIMER '23

    Orca Running always has well run races. This is no exception. It was a cold crisp day for the race. A slight uphill about 1/2 mile from the start then … MORE

    Orca Running always has well run races. This is no exception. It was a cold crisp day for the race. A slight uphill about 1/2 mile from the start then back down and pretty flat the rest of the way. Beautiful scenery as you run along Lake Washington. Only thing that I didn’t like was the condition of the sidewalk. Lots of roots pushing up the pavement. Nothing to be done about this though, just something to watch for as you are running. They had a nice hot bowl of oatmeal at the finish with plenty of things to add in; i.e. walnuts, chocolate chips, blueberries, etc. I’ve run this before at other distances but this was the first time for the half marathon distance for me.

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    seattlebiker REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Love the start and finish views of Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. The views along Lake Washington, getting peak views of the Olympic Mountains and local scenery. My friend and … MORE

    Love the start and finish views of Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. The views along Lake Washington, getting peak views of the Olympic Mountains and local scenery. My friend and I were both dealing with knee issues so the old root pushed up trail/sidewalk areas were a bit challenging. The hill inside the park during the first loop isn’t too horrible and easily walkable. I’d like to see them push traffic going up on the left side and going down on the right so everyone going down can easily make a left onto the loop trail again. This will help minimize congestion and crossing traffic especially as the fast runners are coming down when the bulk of all race distance participants go up. The Tunnel of Love was a fun portion of the run! Orca Running always does such a great job with their races and good quality shirts and the medal was so adorable!!

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    tiggerlovesbears REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This run is beautiful and fun! Ya run along the water with just picture perfect weather for February! The swag is great from the shirt to the medal they think … MORE

    This run is beautiful and fun! Ya run along the water with just picture perfect weather for February! The swag is great from the shirt to the medal they think of everything to make this race fun for all! Big small and every one in between! With different distances offered everyone can run and have a great day! And well let’s not forget about after run grub!!! They knock its out of the ball park every year! I’ve done this run since 2019 and have driven as far away as Sequim to participate and can say from start to finish it’s one of my top three favorite races!

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    LACanadaJen REPEAT RUNNER '23

    The course is mostly flat, though there is a decent hill within the first mile of the first loop. It doesn't get done again on any subsequent loops. Orca Running … MORE

    The course is mostly flat, though there is a decent hill within the first mile of the first loop. It doesn’t get done again on any subsequent loops.

    Orca Running put on a fun event with plenty of fun people and serious competitors. The loop is gorgeous looking out at the water on the right side and forest on the left. There is an aid station three miles into the loop with a fun group of volunteers and an inflatable tunnel to run through.

    If you’re a walker, as my friend and I are, the course stays open for four hours and we have done both the half and the 10k walking.

    They are a zero cup race, so remember to bring your own cups or carry your own hydration.

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    geekfad REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This race is well staffed. There are lots of chemical toilets and amenities at the aid station. The course is clearly marked. The location is gorgeous; Seward is my favorite … MORE

    This race is well staffed. There are lots of chemical toilets and amenities at the aid station. The course is clearly marked. The location is gorgeous; Seward is my favorite place to run. Will run again next year!

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    Very flat course with stunning views the entire way! Many well stocked aid stations and Tunnel of love with chocolate and candy! Many photographers along the course at no charge … MORE

    Very flat course with stunning views the entire way!
    Many well stocked aid stations and Tunnel of love with chocolate and candy!
    Many photographers along the course at no charge to you.
    Finish line has a unique and brilliant hot oatmeal bar with many toppings to chose from. Great finish line food! I was lucky and had a glorious sunny day. It’s February so very chilly so bring lots of clothing. They have a free clothing check. Well organized which is on par for Orca events. The medals were really cute. There is a spot to put a photo from your race into the medal. There was a long sleeved shirt with the half marathon entry. I wish the shirt was red or pink for Valentine’s day. The medal was though! The graphics on the shirt were large and kind of tacky. No big deal, I have way too many shirts anyway. The shirt would be the only improvement for this race. Well worth going to, we thoroughly had a great time and would go again.

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    aceason REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This was the first year they did two loops rather than three loops of the park and it was a great improvement. There were two laps with an out and … MORE

    This was the first year they did two loops rather than three loops of the park and it was a great improvement. There were two laps with an out and back along Lake Washington. There is one big hill a half mile in but the rest is relatively flat. It is all paved trail and sidewalk but there are a few narrow spots that make it hard to pass people. The course ended up short by .10 but that could be due to loose tangents. The swag and food at the end is great and I appreciate race day pick up so I don’t have to make an extra trip to get my bib. There is a fun tunnel of love that is fun to run with your love, friends, or alone!

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    kait.carmody FIRST-TIMER '23

    This race had uneven paved trails in the longest straight away part of the course. The scenery was great, but I felt like I had to keep looking at the … MORE

    This race had uneven paved trails in the longest straight away part of the course. The scenery was great, but I felt like I had to keep looking at the ground as to not trip on roots that had broken through the pavement. The course was also quite narrow at parts, so it made passing difficult when there were runners going both directions after the turn around point.

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    mstenhjem FIRST-TIMER '23

    I've ran two Orca half marathons before, but never any of the shorter distances. This race was such a great way for my husband and I to run together! It … MORE

    I’ve ran two Orca half marathons before, but never any of the shorter distances. This race was such a great way for my husband and I to run together! It was chilly, but they prepared us well via email ahead of time. Upon arrival, there were WAY more people than I had expected, but everything was seamless. The vendors were great, gear check was handy, and the course was beautiful. I loved running along the water and the route was well marked and staffed. I loved the theme of the race, but I didn’t feel the pressure of a race – for us it was more of a leisurely way to start our running year! The end was my favorite – the oatmeal was exactly what I needed. We didn’t get a picture in the booth because the line was SO long (that was the only bummer). I do, however, look forward seeing the course photos! I’m a slow runner, but I PRd and was very pleased with the whole experience. We can’t wait to sign up for more!

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    jwgner14 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Best race to kick off Orcas race season. Perfect views. Perfect after race grub (yummy oatmeal)! Orca never disappoints. Great medal. Ample photo ops. MORE

    Best race to kick off Orcas race season. Perfect views. Perfect after race grub (yummy oatmeal)! Orca never disappoints. Great medal. Ample photo ops.

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    lianatherunner FIRST-TIMER '22

    I had a great time on a rough day. Nearly everything went wrong for me on the morning of the 2022 My Better Half Marathon. My alarm didn't go off. … MORE

    I had a great time on a rough day. Nearly everything went wrong for me on the morning of the 2022 My Better Half Marathon. My alarm didn’t go off. I was late. I got lost. My socks got holes in them after 11 miles. I had many more mini-disasters that I don’t care to mention. Even so, I had a fantastic time! The course was beautiful and I loved the swag. It was challenging, but satisfying.

    The views are stunning and I can’t wait to do it again next year! I’ll just set a few more back-up alarms.

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    gdarby FIRST-TIMER '22

    The aid stations & crew were awesome! It was great to have volunteers cheer us on along the route with such a scenic view! The route was well marked and … MORE

    The aid stations & crew were awesome! It was great to have volunteers cheer us on along the route with such a scenic view! The route was well marked and we couldn’t ask for better weather. I loved running with my friends I’m the sunshine!

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