Overall Rating
Overall Rating (26 Reviews)
4.5
(26 Ratings)(26 Reviews)
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2.7
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4.6
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4.2
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4.4
Part of the Orca Running family of races, the Orca Half is a half marathon along the shores of West Seattle, starting at Lincoln Park and finishing at Don Armeni Boat Launch. The Orca Half benefits the Whale Trail, a Seattle-based non profit dedicated to inspiring appreciation and stewardship of … MORE
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    kiddoc88 FIRST-TIMER '19

    wonderful course; nice and mostly flat; great time through the park and along water. Be prepared to pass the finish though! Get to see west Seattle. Loved the post race … MORE

    wonderful course; nice and mostly flat; great time through the park and along water. Be prepared to pass the finish though! Get to see west Seattle. Loved the post race massage, tacos , coffee and free grilled cheese. About the only thing I could have wanted is somewhere other than a porta potty to get changed into dry clothes

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    LACanadaJen REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The race is very well organized and filled really happy volunteers. The aid station were well spaced out and anywhere there might have been a question as to which way … MORE

    The race is very well organized and filled really happy volunteers. The aid station were well spaced out and anywhere there might have been a question as to which way the course went, there were volunteers making sure we went the right way.

    The course starts at sea level and there are some hills the first 4mi/6.5km, but after that, it’s all sea level again. While rainy, the views along the way were pretty, with the low clouds and mist over the water and surrounding islands, then the Seattle skyline came into view with the iconic Space Needle.

    The end was fun and full of energy with water or electrolyte drinks as soon as you crossed the finish line. There was fresh-cooked food as well, but my stomach wasn’t in the happiest of places so, I just drank a ton of water.

    The medal is a lovely design and, as this was my third race with Orca, I got an additional medal for completing three events with them this year.

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    dailynightly FIRST-TIMER '19

    The first 2-3 miles of this race (in Lincoln Park) were a lot tougher than expected for me and set me up for a pretty tough rest of the race, … MORE

    The first 2-3 miles of this race (in Lincoln Park) were a lot tougher than expected for me and set me up for a pretty tough rest of the race, even though I run Beach Drive and Alki fairly often. The Lincoln park leg sucked a lot of my energy away and I just couldn’t find it again for the rest of the race. The rest of the course is great though – fairly flat and all along the coast with no interruptions. The sidewalk of Beach Drive can be a bit bumpy but I’m used to that. The race organizers, staff, and support were all fantastic and the medal was great!

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    rachelwaite FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was so cool to have a specific Orca to run for - what great motivation! This race is in my neighborhood and while I run this path weekly I … MORE

    It was so cool to have a specific Orca to run for – what great motivation! This race is in my neighborhood and while I run this path weekly I still find it absolutely gorgeous. I did this race as a training run for Chicago marathon and tacked on an extra 7 miles before the start line. Easier to do with a somewhat later start (I was in the 8:15 wave). Running past the finish line around mile 8 -9 was tough. Finish line food was great and the medal is the prettiest I’ve ever received!

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    seoulgirl77 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I LOVE that on the back of your race bib it told you who you were running for and so much info about the Orca whales. Also it was a … MORE

    I LOVE that on the back of your race bib it told you who you were running for and so much info about the Orca whales. Also it was a beautiful course and Tacos at the end is perfect!! Who doesn’t love tacos!! The only reason I didn’t give 5 shoes was because the portapotties were late but other than that a great race!

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    kmack3979 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This was my second time running and still a awesome run, even in the rain. The views are amazing running along Alki Beach. It’s the flattest route that I have … MORE

    This was my second time running and still a awesome run, even in the rain. The views are amazing running along Alki Beach. It’s the flattest route that I have ran in a half marathon. I’m ready to run it again next year in 2020. Thank you Orca running for doing a great job with your runs.

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    becca.weber1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The views were amazing and the volunteers/staff were wonderful and encouraging. The first portion of the race through the park felt a bit awkward. It was crowded which made it … MORE

    The views were amazing and the volunteers/staff were wonderful and encouraging.

    The first portion of the race through the park felt a bit awkward. It was crowded which made it tough to find a pace. The downhill portions were also pretty slick from the rain.

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    bellington FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great course with spectacular view. Well organized. Great aid stations every 2 miles with portable potties! Nice soft T-shirt that I will proudly wear. I will be back! MORE

    Great course with spectacular view. Well organized. Great aid stations every 2 miles with portable potties! Nice soft T-shirt that I will proudly wear. I will be back!

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    andreamuzz11 SPECTATOR '19

    Awesome upbeat race, everyone seemed happy running it. Glad I was there to cheer on friends. Would love to be part of the atmosphere next year and run the half … MORE

    Awesome upbeat race, everyone seemed happy running it. Glad I was there to cheer on friends. Would love to be part of the atmosphere next year and run the half marathon!

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    melmamacoupon REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Orca Half is an awesome race. Everything was well planned and smooth. They did have a porta potty mishap at the start with no porta potties being delivered, but … MORE

    The Orca Half is an awesome race. Everything was well planned and smooth. They did have a porta potty mishap at the start with no porta potties being delivered, but this is the first Orca event I’ve ever attended where that happened! They were very apologetic.

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    puppypetterccc FIRST-TIMER '19

    As a tourist running my way through the states I couldn’t have picked a better race! The rain made it very authentic and I love the entire orca theme! Love … MORE

    As a tourist running my way through the states I couldn’t have picked a better race! The rain made it very authentic and I love the entire orca theme! Love knowing my registration helps support Orcas and couldn’t have been happier with the tacos after!

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    calypsodolls FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great sceneary, the organization did a great job and the aid stations were well placed, maybe only the last turn was a bit of a weird decision, and the start … MORE

    Great sceneary, the organization did a great job and the aid stations were well placed, maybe only the last turn was a bit of a weird decision, and the start was not that flat, but for Seattle is ok. Even then loved the course and will totally come back.

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    lianne.hirano FIRST-TIMER '19

    I am so grateful to Orca running for putting on such an awesome half marathon! I had always told myself I would never run a half marathon but I ran … MORE

    I am so grateful to Orca running for putting on such an awesome half marathon! I had always told myself I would never run a half marathon but I ran the Orca half just to get the finishers medal. It was designed so thoughtfully and it was beautiful! I also LOVED the shirt that came in the swag bag! The course itself was gorgeous and thankfully relatively flat. I also loved the post race tacos!!! And the rest of the post race food. The inflatable orca by the finish line was also fantastic! Thank you for organizing such a fun and beautiful run!

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    runnergirlsammiec REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race has great views of the Puget sound and the downtown Seattle skyline. Love the point to point course and transportation to start and finish area is well organized. … MORE

    This race has great views of the Puget sound and the downtown Seattle skyline. Love the point to point course and transportation to start and finish area is well organized. While the course is not closed to traffic, the organizers do a great job of staggering the starting waves so it’s not too crowded for runners. This course has plenty of aid stations and overall its fairly flat. Great race to do if wanting to visit Seattle!

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    cotemere FIRST-TIMER '19

    A typical PNW day made for a less than ideal day to run a half marathon. Slippery conditions, shoes that felt like hiking boots, and freezing cold by the end, … MORE

    A typical PNW day made for a less than ideal day to run a half marathon. Slippery conditions, shoes that felt like hiking boots, and freezing cold by the end, to put it simply I was miserable! Luckily, the wonderful race volunteers, well-spaced aid stations, beautiful course, and great cause made it a great day all in all. The awesome medal and delicious post-race food was great. I loved the letters we received from local elementary school children which helped us learn more about the whale we were “running for” and helped the children practice their writing schools. How neat is that? I’ll definitely be doing this race again.

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    sarah_damianick FIRST-TIMER '19

    1)You run past the finish line to do another 3ish miles. The turn around point was very anticlimactic. I heard from one volunteer there were younger people there but then … MORE

    1)You run past the finish line to do another 3ish miles. The turn around point was very anticlimactic. I heard from one volunteer there were younger people there but then they split. It would have been nice to see something a little special there. 2)Smaller race but they had plenty of food at the end for us last runners. So that was awesome. 3)Big hill in the beginning and a slow gradual one in the middle. 4)For most of the race you’re in a neighborhood or on water, which I like. That being said you have to run on sidewalks which can be problematic just because they were pretty narrow. 5)there was a lovely lady on the bicycle that kept checking on us closers so that was nice.

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    jessie_jay41 FIRST-TIMER '19

    there were some moderate hills, a little smelly, and a few out and backs. Beautiful views of the water and neat houses on the water. I will be doing this … MORE

    there were some moderate hills, a little smelly, and a few out and backs. Beautiful views of the water and neat houses on the water. I will be doing this again. I loved the food afterwards. OH and the letters were such a nice surprise!

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    jlockhart3450 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The swag is out of this world beautiful, the course route is something I'm going to work into my normal runs, and some of the best volunteers, competitors, and spectators … MORE

    The swag is out of this world beautiful, the course route is something I’m going to work into my normal runs, and some of the best volunteers, competitors, and spectators I’ve seen in a while.

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    hydemsande REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is mostly flat with a little bit of trails, a lot of excellent road running. It's great for first-timers. It's very well supported. The scenery is beautiful and … MORE

    This race is mostly flat with a little bit of trails, a lot of excellent road running. It’s great for first-timers. It’s very well supported. The scenery is beautiful and I’ve spotted a seal both years!

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    frandersen7 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The whole reason I signed up was the medal. Awesome bling and I loved the shirt too. Was really cool that we all got to run for an Orca and … MORE

    The whole reason I signed up was the medal. Awesome bling and I loved the shirt too. Was really cool that we all got to run for an Orca and that school kids wrote us letters to thank us. Once you get out of the park really enjoyed the course and running along the water. Pretty well organized and even though i was nervous in the last wave it made the course less congested. Finish line was hyped and had great food. First orca race and first half, looking forward to doing more!

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