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Half Marathon Trail Series: Kennedy Creek Chum Run
March 7 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm PST
An event every year that begins at 8:00 am on day first of March, repeating until March 2, 2024
The Kennedy Creek area is home to a recovering Chum Salmon run, fed by the captured rainfall from thousands of acres of lush wetland valleys, divided by hills that rise to rocky ridgetops with views north toward Oyster Bay and South Puget Sound. The area is a working forest, crisscrossed not only by forestry roads, but also by miles and miles of recreational trails, most built and maintained by the Mason County chapter of Back Country Horsemen.
With the great variety of trail sizes and profiles, from flat and wide forest roads through a tunnel of tall trees, to narrow single track that twists and turns its way up steep slopes through dense young forest, this venue provides a fun adventure, with a beer garden and food waiting at the finish to fuel you back up. To get comfy after the run, you can change into the brilliant blue custom-designed event T-shirt that is included with your entry fee.
The trails in the Kennedy Creek area are a diverse mix of large and small forest roads, and large and small single track trails. The trails offer wide and narrow sections, flats and steep hills, smooth and bumpy parts, and straight and curvy stretches, so the courses offer a great variety and will keep you on your toes. The courses generally go up in the early part and down to return toward the finish, with a tour of the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail bringing you to the finish line.
From the upper reaches of the course, all participants will be treated to views to the north of Oyster Bay and South Puget Sound (weather conditions permitting), while Half Marathoners will also get a nice overlook of Summit Lake to the south.
All courses are a single loop.
* Distances are measured using a measuring wheel, and climb is measured using the barometric altimeter of a Suunto Ambit sport watch. The distance is most likely within 1% of actual, and the climb within 10%.
8:00am – Check-in and day-of-event registration opens
8:50am – Pre-Half Marathon briefing
9:00am – Half Marathon start
9:05am – 10k briefing
9:15am – 10k start
9:20am – 5k briefing
9:30am – 5k start
12:30pm – Course closes
Directions & Parking
Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail is about ten miles west of Olympia, WA on U.S. Route 101, off Old Olympic Highway. The area is a short drive along a gravel road from the paved road. The gate is normally locked, however it will be unlocked for the event. Please park as directed by event staff.
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.