Overall Rating
Overall Rating (17 Reviews)
4.5
(17 Ratings)  (17 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
3.9
The Virginia Mason Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K is an annual race celebrating Mother’s Day with running! Located in beautiful Kirkland, Washington, the half marathon offers a scenic point to point course that starts at Northwest University and finishes at Juanita Beach Park. The course is a combination of … MORE
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    This race is a surprising new favorite. The up hills were short and the down hills were fun. The mix of pavement and compact gravel were nice. Orca always is … MORE

    This race is a surprising new favorite. The up hills were short and the down hills were fun. The mix of pavement and compact gravel were nice. Orca always is spot on with the mileage markers and their races are always well executed. Happy as always!

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    5

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    mary.joanna REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Even though I know Juanita routes are hilly, I know that Orca abs all their staff and volunteers have my back! Energetic and always environmentally conscious with I love. Great … MORE

    Even though I know Juanita routes are hilly, I know that Orca abs all their staff and volunteers have my back! Energetic and always environmentally conscious with I love. Great people.

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    Course is through a lot of residential areas so that kind of gets boring but when you get to run on the trail that's super fun and pretty. I don't … MORE

    Course is through a lot of residential areas so that kind of gets boring but when you get to run on the trail that’s super fun and pretty. I don’t think I’ll do the half again but I’ll do that 5k again for sure.

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    ScottSeb REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Great organization with awesome volunteers. Aid stations were excellent and appreciate that it is cupless. There were some pretty good hills and a tough long one between mile 11 & MORE

    Great organization with awesome volunteers. Aid stations were excellent and appreciate that it is cupless. There were some pretty good hills and a tough long one between mile 11 & 12.

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    amcgrath85 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a tough race. I ran my PR and worked every second of it. There are a lot of hills and they’re concentrated in the beginning and end with … MORE

    This is a tough race. I ran my PR and worked every second of it. There are a lot of hills and they’re concentrated in the beginning and end with a long flat trail in the middle. The finish line this year was terrible though. It was immediately after a 90 degree turn. I know Orca has some really good races and I know they are runners but I seriously question whoever designed this new route with a finish line immediately after a turn like that. A finish line should be on a straight away with plenty of room to race through it. They could at the very least have backed up the start by a few feet to make it happen and hopefully they do that for next year.

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    discoveryleader FIRST-TIMER '22

    The beautiful scenic view and good preparation with warm hearted volunteers and sponsors. The road is not hard. Very comfortable weather, I'd like to come back again next year again. MORE

    The beautiful scenic view and good preparation with warm hearted volunteers and sponsors. The road is not hard. Very comfortable weather, I’d like to come back again next year again.

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    lewisdca REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was a great course, with the exception of the hill :-). Running along lake Washington took your mind off running and I was able to just enjoy the peaceful … MORE

    This was a great course, with the exception of the hill :-). Running along lake Washington took your mind off running and I was able to just enjoy the peaceful lake. The course was well marked and lots of volunteers cheering you on along the way! The start and finish lines were well organized and easy to follow Covid guidelines.

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    DarcyB FIRST-TIMER '21

    Medal and race shirt were fantastic. As always Orca racing did not disappoint. Manage your expectations and be prepared for a long steep incline and descend. MORE

    Medal and race shirt were fantastic. As always Orca racing did not disappoint. Manage your expectations and be prepared for a long steep incline and descend.

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    JackieMorey FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course was well monitored by the exceptional Kirkland Police and friendly and helpful volunteers. The DJs were very encouraging and played "We're Not Gonna Take It" at the finish … MORE

    The course was well monitored by the exceptional Kirkland Police and friendly and helpful volunteers. The DJs were very encouraging and played “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at the finish line — so vibrant!! The sponsors were gracious and generous, and the other participants were relaxed, friendly and cheering others on. The uphill portion was a good challenge, and made our family feel accomplished after we “conquered” it…hooray! And the rest of the course was downhill and flat. We hope to do this again next year! Thank you very, VERY much to Virginia Mason, Clear Alaskan Glacial, and all the other fantastic sponsors…you rock!!

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    kaluancreme FIRST-TIMER '19

    A good all around race. Rolling hills, a couple big hills. A mixture of road & trail. Great support out on the course. Police at every street crossing. They looked … MORE

    A good all around race. Rolling hills, a couple big hills. A mixture of road & trail. Great support out on the course. Police at every street crossing. They looked out and put the runners first. Beautiful views along the lake. The weather was pretty great too!! You start and finish at different places. You get shuttles back to the start. A little discouraging seeing mike 9 before before mile 3. Overall well organized. I would recommend this race if you like variety and prefer destination races (no out and backs).

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    andyf98155 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The hill up 108th and then on to the trail is quite challenging. I like running on the trail. The Orca Running Co. races are always low-key with scenic runs … MORE

    The hill up 108th and then on to the trail is quite challenging. I like running on the trail.
    The Orca Running Co. races are always low-key with scenic runs and reasonable water tables.
    I’m a fan. This is my fourth time doing this particular course. I am getting back into shape, but I’m still in the second half of the pack

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    Krissy FIRST-TIMER '19

    2019 was my first year running this race and I really liked it. I was not as prepared as I would have liked, but still enjoyed the course through Kirkland … MORE

    2019 was my first year running this race and I really liked it. I was not as prepared as I would have liked, but still enjoyed the course through Kirkland and along the trails. I actually enjoyed the ups and downs … nothing lasted too long and all felt very attainable. I thought the race was well organized and enjoyed the start and finish locations. Another great run from Orca Running!

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    huleteanne FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is the first race where I have been able to click on a link and find all the participants in my age group. Very handy and a time saver. … MORE

    This is the first race where I have been able to click on a link and find all the participants in my age group. Very handy and a time saver. There are hills but only one ( around mile 6) that was hard. Very well done race.

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    augustinaredman REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I normally don't like runs with hills but this one is nice because it's a nice challenge. I've done it twice now and plan on doing it again next year. … MORE

    I normally don’t like runs with hills but this one is nice because it’s a nice challenge. I’ve done it twice now and plan on doing it again next year. Love that the shirts actually fit too.

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    viduong75 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I totally enjoyed the route, getting to know parts of Kirkland that I did not know before. The casual atmosphere of this small race was enormously pleasant. I definitely will … MORE

    I totally enjoyed the route, getting to know parts of Kirkland that I did not know before. The casual atmosphere of this small race was enormously pleasant. I definitely will plan to run it again. 💞

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    reinier.paauwe FIRST-TIMER '19

    A lot hillier than it looks on the profile, with steep, painful climbs and some sharp, fast descents. Large portion of this race on sandy/dirt pathways. Watch for congestion with … MORE

    A lot hillier than it looks on the profile, with steep, painful climbs and some sharp, fast descents.
    Large portion of this race on sandy/dirt pathways.
    Watch for congestion with 5k walkers at the finish.

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    4
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    5
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    5
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    jessiswim05 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Fast, but challenging course! Great support and spectator friendly. Plenty of aid stations and a great post race finish area! Perfect start to any mother’s day. MORE

    Fast, but challenging course! Great support and spectator friendly. Plenty of aid stations and a great post race finish area! Perfect start to any mother’s day.

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