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@SueS

Sammamish, WA Raving since 2023 100 Half Marathons Club, Marathon Maniacs #12891, Half Fanatics #8593 Active 11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (1)

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Half Marathon Redmond, WA Mar 4, 2023 2:08:14

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Past Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Kent, WA Mar 18, 2023 2:14:53
Half Marathon Redmond, WA Mar 4, 2023 2:08:14

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Inaugural event with the customary great organization and production that we've come to expect from Orca. With less than 200 doing the half, this had a low-key feel which I … MORE

Inaugural event with the customary great organization and production that we’ve come to expect from Orca. With less than 200 doing the half, this had a low-key feel which I like. The route was an out-and-back on paved road and trail, following alongside the Green River. 2 aid stations with water and electrolytes and though the race is advertised as cupless, there were paper cups for those that had forgotten their bottle/hydration. (Don’t know if that will always be the case as Orca are trying to be greener). Pleasant course and afterwards there were a few vendor and sponsor stands, including new sponsor REI, offering free nalgene bottles, lights and great discount coupons. Swag was a comfy cotton blend t-shirt (great to wear as a regular shirt, personally wouldn’t race in it), and beautiful medal. Great friendly vibe and a good race, even though I was slower today!

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5
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As usual with Orca, this was a well-organized event. I appreciate the fact that they offered both pre-race and race day packet pickup. Lines on race day moved quickly. Plenty … MORE

As usual with Orca, this was a well-organized event. I appreciate the fact that they offered both pre-race and race day packet pickup. Lines on race day moved quickly. Plenty of portapotties at the start. The route is point-to-point going from Connector park in downtown Redmond to Lake Sammamish State Park, mostly along the paved/packed gravel Lake Sammamish trail passing by lots of swanky lakeside houses. There are great views of the Lake and for the most part the race was flat and fast, apart from a climb where (due to trail construction) you had to leave the trail and go alongside the road for a couple of miles. The trail is narrow initially so there is some bottlenecking as you move from Redmond onto the Lake Sammamish trail, winding and weaving (maybe stopped me from going too fast at the beginning), but things open up a little for most of the route. This is mostly a cupless race, which is well-publicized in advance, and there are several aid stations with water and electrolytes, and cheerful volunteers. A variety of snacks and drinks at the finish, several sponsors and vendors. Lovely soft-blend t-shirts, and a gorgeous hand-crafted medal. I thoroughly enjoy this race!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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