Overall Rating
Overall Rating (22 Reviews)
4.6
(22 Ratings)  (22 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.4
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.4
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail meanders through one of the area’s most beautiful agricultural areas, the Snoqualmie Valley Half showcases this natural gem. This race is flat and fast and the surface is smooth and non-technical and showcases old-growth forest and farmland. You’ll have a spectacular and fast finish in the … MORE
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    mjbcoug FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course is very beautiful and scenic. Challenging but not demanding. Long gradual uphill to turnaround wasn't punishing but you can feel it. I know it's a public trail so … MORE

    The course is very beautiful and scenic. Challenging but not demanding. Long gradual uphill to turnaround wasn’t punishing but you can feel it. I know it’s a public trail so there were bikers and hikers that the race can’t control. A couple close calls with bikers perhaps could have been avoided with a little more on-course signage perhaps. Aid stations were good if not basic, but no complaints. My first time with a cupless race but no issues.

    I would have preferred an earlier start time given the heat of summer upon us. It was really getting warm by the time I finished, and I was fast. I can imagine it was getting oppressive for people after me. I feel like 7:30am would have been perfect.

    The finisher’s medal is gorgeous – one of the best I’ve ever earned. I love it!! The age group award wood token is unique and different that the customary pint glass. The race shirt is boring. The image is nice but small. A larger image and multiple colors rather than just plain white silk screening would have been appreciated. I know it’s not a huge deal but the shirt is my main complaint. I realize it’s nit picky, but it’s what I look forward to because I can wear it to show my achievement when around other runners. As far as race shirts go it’s two thumbs down.

    Shirt complaints aside, I would definitely run this race again and would recommend it to others! Glad I made the trip over from Spokane to run.

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    genvanik21 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Fantastic race. I always love doing an Orca Running Race. They are so well organized and everyone is there for a great time. No matter what speed you are people … MORE

    Fantastic race. I always love doing an Orca Running Race. They are so well organized and everyone is there for a great time. No matter what speed you are people are supportive and kind. Lots of great food and drink at the finish and the medal and shirt are both gorgeous. It’s my second time doing this race and I love it- my favorite part is that most of it takes place on a broad dirt road trail so it’s not as harsh on your knees as pavement 💚

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    kporter2425 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Orca Running always puts their heart and soul into their races and it shows. Easy to follow set up at the start line with getting bibs and lining up. Helpful … MORE

    Orca Running always puts their heart and soul into their races and it shows. Easy to follow set up at the start line with getting bibs and lining up. Helpful and friendly staff and volunteers are welcoming and helped put me at ease. Plenty of port a potties!!! Great announcer getting people pumped up. Easy to follow course markers, well stocked aid stations, enthusiastic volunteers along the way, what else can I say?!? Oh yeah- finish line encouragement like no other and smiling faces and congratulations all around. Post race food was one point with potato chips, orange slices, bars and more!

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    lgunn FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great race in a beautiful part of the area. Even though it takes place in the middle of summer, much of the course is through tree covered trails which helps … MORE

    Great race in a beautiful part of the area. Even though it takes place in the middle of summer, much of the course is through tree covered trails which helps to keep things a bit more comfortable. The course is fairly flat and while it’s considered a largely trail run a lot of the trail is fairly worn down and easy to run.

    Orca Running is awesome with great communication and fantastic production. Love running their races!

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    ldunayski FIRST-TIMER '22

    Ran this race for the first time and loved it, despite the heat wave. The course was an out and back with the first half being slightly uphill and the … MORE

    Ran this race for the first time and loved it, despite the heat wave. The course was an out and back with the first half being slightly uphill and the second half being slightly downhill which I really enjoyed. Parking is plentiful. Medal and T-shirt were both beautiful; Orca Running gives out some great swag. And the post race snacks were fantastic. Overall, loved this race and would totally come back!

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    uijikuat REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Orca running knocked it out of the park once again. This was the hottest race of the year, grateful that the course is flat and 90% of the course is … MORE

    Orca running knocked it out of the park once again.
    This was the hottest race of the year, grateful that the course is flat and 90% of the course is in the shade making the late start time 8:30am manageable.

    Love that Orca running always provide great food other than bananas and granola bar after each race. They usually do tomato soup but today was chili!

    The race is also cupless, making it more environmentally friendly.

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    katkwltr REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Good shady course; cyclists are a bit aggressive. Very hot on this day: hi 70s/lo 80s. No ice or sponge buckets at aid stations. Despite warnings by race organizers, many … MORE

    Good shady course; cyclists are a bit aggressive.
    Very hot on this day: hi 70s/lo 80s. No ice or sponge buckets at aid stations. Despite warnings by race organizers, many were unprepared for heat and humidity effects.

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    shellysanchez63 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Great course!! Kinda wish it could start earlier as it’s always pretty warm. Views are amazing and staff are great! Orca is always cup less so remember to bring your … MORE

    Great course!! Kinda wish it could start earlier as it’s always pretty warm. Views are amazing and staff are great! Orca is always cup less so remember to bring your hydration! Although they are prepared to give you a reusable cup to carry!

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    mmctaggart2022 FIRST-TIMER '21

    If you want to PR, try this race out. Simple out and back and as flat as can be! Good snacks afterward and the area is super pretty with some … MORE

    If you want to PR, try this race out. Simple out and back and as flat as can be! Good snacks afterward and the area is super pretty with some fun spots for activities post race.

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    DanjaR REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Well organized race! Love the start location by the red barn. A beautiful but hilly trail, mostly in the shade thankfully! Awesome volunteers, great swag, free race pics. What is … MORE

    Well organized race! Love the start location by the red barn. A beautiful but hilly trail, mostly in the shade thankfully! Awesome volunteers, great swag, free race pics. What is not to love

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    rtanis07 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    I always love this race because of the beautiful and peaceful scenery! Mostly flat gravel/dirt. The swag was awesome and the race staff and volunteers were great! Well-organized and fun, … MORE

    I always love this race because of the beautiful and peaceful scenery! Mostly flat gravel/dirt. The swag was awesome and the race staff and volunteers were great! Well-organized and fun, as always!

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    alpinfish REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Register early, they run out of shirts. No food available after race, burgers and hot dogs would be nice. Scenery was great, weather was spectacular. MORE

    Register early, they run out of shirts. No food available after race, burgers and hot dogs would be nice. Scenery was great, weather was spectacular.

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    lindsmorris09 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I didn't pay attention to the fact that this is a trail course. But it was just fine. The first/last 3/4 of a mile or so was pretty rocky and … MORE

    I didn’t pay attention to the fact that this is a trail course. But it was just fine. The first/last 3/4 of a mile or so was pretty rocky and I had a hard time keeping solid footing, but the rest was pretty tame.
    The uphill was very gentle, but long. I train on hills, so this hill was hardly noticeable. It felt pretty good going down, though!
    The course hours through lots of trees, so great if it’s a sunny day – you get great shade.
    Orca always puts on great races! Love their shirts and medals. They even had chili this time and a beer garden!

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    nicolelbarr FIRST-TIMER '19

    I had a great time. As a walker though most of the after party was wrapped up before I finished. Which is the risk of being a walker. I had … MORE

    I had a great time. As a walker though most of the after party was wrapped up before I finished. Which is the risk of being a walker. I had a great time and it was the perfect course for a beginner.

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    sandilday REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a nice out and back course. One suggestion to the event coordinators would be to have a timing mat at the 10K and Half turn around point. This … MORE

    This is a nice out and back course. One suggestion to the event coordinators would be to have a timing mat at the 10K and Half turn around point. This gives runners there split times and ensures that anyone who decided not to do the full race for any reason is not in the running for the pie. Love that pie!

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    gregchilivan FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first time at this race, though not my first Orca Running event. Orca does a wonderful job and the Course was very scenic. I got my first … MORE

    This was my first time at this race, though not my first Orca Running event. Orca does a wonderful job and the Course was very scenic. I got my first ever negative split race – this course is conducive for that.

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    DanjaR REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The runners participating at this race were really awesome. I have done many other races and for some reason the runners at this race were all super friendly. Maybe the … MORE

    The runners participating at this race were really awesome. I have done many other races and for some reason the runners at this race were all super friendly. Maybe the atmosphere? The location was great. The weather was perfect for running. Great swag as well. The course was pretty.

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    bevik81 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I really like this race. It was an easy down and back course that was mostly flat and well shaded. Volunteers we're friendly and helpful. Portapotties we're clean and plenty … MORE

    I really like this race. It was an easy down and back course that was mostly flat and well shaded. Volunteers we’re friendly and helpful. Portapotties we’re clean and plenty of them.

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    rtanis07 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Loved this race! Nice and flat, out and back trail. Nice views of the river, farmland, and forrest. The medal is awesome and very unique- made of wood! Good food … MORE

    Loved this race! Nice and flat, out and back trail. Nice views of the river, farmland, and forrest. The medal is awesome and very unique- made of wood! Good food and beer at the end. Volunteers were nice and helpful. I would recommend this race to everyone.

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    SuElGi FIRST-TIMER '19

    I enjoyed this well-organized event. There were plenty of port-a-potties near the start line. The trail was flat, shady, and peaceful. It's pretty, if not jaw-dropping-ly scenic. There's a section … MORE

    I enjoyed this well-organized event. There were plenty of port-a-potties near the start line. The trail was flat, shady, and peaceful. It’s pretty, if not jaw-dropping-ly scenic. There’s a section with chunky gravel that I disliked, but it’s only for about a quarter mile. I’m happy the t-shirts came in women’s sizes and that they’re soft and have an interesting design. I’ll wear it frequently. I also like the wooden finisher’s medallion–much better than heavy metal bling, IMO. I’d like to participate in this event again and hope they start it earlier in the morning (the 10k started at 9:30; 8 or 8:30 would suit me better).

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