How can I tell if I am registered and what shirt size I ordered?
If you are registered, you should have received a confirmation email, which includes your registration details and shirt size. If you can’t find your confirmation email, contact us and we can look you up.
Are walkers welcome?
Absolutely! Walkers are definitely welcome.
When does online registration close?
Online registration will close when the race sells out or at midnight on Wednesday, June 8th.
I signed up for the 10k and want to do the 1/2 marathon (or vice versa). Can you transfer my entry?
Yes, transfers are available for a $5.00 processing fee. to transfer your entry. Participants switching from the 10k to 1/2 will be responsible for paying the additional difference in entry fees. Online transfers are available until midnight the Monday before the race.
Can I sign up day of race?
Yes, if the race is not sold out.
Where can I register?
Registration is online only and you can register here.
When does online registration close?
Registration closes at 11:59pm on June 8th.
I’m interested in volunteering, how do I get in touch?
We appreciate your interest in helping out! Please click here to register to volunteer.
What happens if I am unable to participate in the event after I register?
Please view the Orca Running Race Policies here.
Finisher Medals and Awards
Where can I pick up my finisher medal?
Everyone that crosses the finish line will be given a commemorative finisher medal to celebrate their achievement. As you cross the finish line, please give the finish line volunteer your timing chip and they will hand you the medal.
What awards will be given out?
The top 3 men and women overall in each age group will be given an award. The age groups are 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.
What time is the awards ceremony?
The awards ceremony will be at the finish line and starts approximately 2 hours after the race starts. The top three male and female in each distance will be given recognition, all other award recipients will need to pick up their awards in the Gear Check/Shirt exchange area.
I can’t do the race, but I’d like my shirt. What should I do? Can you mail it to me?
You are welcome to send someone to packet pickup or the race to pick up your packet, including your shirt. We do not mail out shirts after the race.
What’s included in the packet?
The packet will contain your bib, a timing chip (to be returned at the finish line), the event t-shirt, and product samples from sponsors.
When and where is packet pickup?
Please see the Packet Pickup section of the Race Info page for more info.
What do I need to bring to packet pickup?
Just yo’ sweet self.
Can I pick up my race packet on day of race?
Yes, you can also pick up your packet day of race at the start at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park (see schedule), but we strongly encourage you to pick up your packet on Friday. Why? Shorter lines, plus the staff at Road Runner Sports is super-duper nice.
Can someone else pick up my packet?
Yes they can.
I’m coming from out of state – Can you mail me my packet?
Sorry, but we cannot mail you the packet because we will only receive the chips and bibs the day before. If you cannot pick up your packet the day before, you can also pick up your packet the morning of the race.
Timing & Results
Where and when will I see the results?
The results will be published at the finish line at the Results Kiosk every 15-20 minutes as well as the same day on our website and Facebook page.
How is this race timed?
All events will be timed using chip timing technology and the chip is read as you cross the start and finish line to calculate your actual race time.
What is the course like?
This course is almost entirely on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, which is an old railway trail. Click here to read more about the trail. There is a very gentle uphill grade (less than 1%), so you will be slowly climbing for the first half of the race and then gently descending for the second half. The surface is crushed gravel and dirt, so it’s a fairly soft surface.
How long is the course open?
The course is open for 4.5 hours counting from the time the half marathon starts. Any participants still on the course after 4.5 hours will no longer be considered part of the race.
Are there aid stations and what’s provided?
Yes, there will be an aid station every 2-3 miles. All aid stations will provide water and carbohydrate nutrition support. Please remember that the trails are for public use, and to “Leave No Trace Behind”. Bring all trash with you and only dispose of them at aid stations where we will have recycle/compost/trash bins set up.
Will there be porta-potties?
There will be bathrooms and porta-potties at the start, the finish and on the course.
Will there be mile markers?
Yes, there will be a mile marker for every mile on the course.
On Race Day
What will the weather be like?
The historical average for Carnation in June is a high of 71 and a low of 53, however that doesn’t mean that it could be much different! June in Washington is highly variable, so be sure to check the weather ahead of time and be prepared.
What is the course like?
The course for both the half and 10k is an out and back. They are mostly on an un-paved, non-technical trail (meaning no big rocks or roots to trip over), with about a half mile at the beginning and end of paved trail. On the “out” portion of the run, you will be running on a very gentle 1% grade uphill, and then running down that same 1% grade on the “back” portion of the trail.
What time does the race start?
Please refer to race day schedule on the Race Info page.
Where is the Start?
Check-In and start are at King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park, and parking is at the Carnation off leash dog park and Tolt Middle School. See the Parking section of the Race Info page for more information.
Is there a gear check?
Yes, you can stash your stuff in a numbered bag before the race where it will stay safe and dry while you run your heart out. We will transport the bag to the finish line where you can pick it up. Please make sure that your items all fit into a 20 inch by 20 inch bag and do not pack valuables in the bag as we cannot be responsible for the contents.
I see a lot of trash produced at events…any chance you recycle and compost at this race?
Thank you for asking! Sustainability is huge for us and we are proud to be one of the few events that support King County’s Zero Waste effort by doing both. We will provide bins with “Recycle” and “Compost” signs next to them at the Start, the Finish, and at all aid stations. Food scraps and food soiled papers are compostable and paper cups, papers, cans, glass containers and plastic bottles are recyclable. For more information on the recycling and composting, see King County’s excellent Zero Waste website.
Can I bring my dog or participate with my baby in a stroller/jogger?
For the safety of all participants, dogs and stroller/jogger are not allowed anywhere on the course.
Can I bring a pacer?
Because trail space is limited, to ensure that all racers have the best experience, pacers running without a bib are not allowed to minimize congestion. You are very welcome to run with a friend, but please have them sign up as well.