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The Moran Constitutional Relay

October 16 @ 3:00 pm - October 18 @ 3:30 pm PDT

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every year that begins at 3:00 pm on day third of October, repeating until October 23, 2022

The Moran Constitutional Relay is a challenging 70-mile course with 12 legs for teams of two to six runners on the breathtakingly beautiful trails of Moran State Park on Orcas Island. The park, situated in the San Juan Islands a little over three hours from Seattle, is world renowned for its scenic beauty, including intimate looks at varying plant communities among the vast forests and rocky balds, the craftsmanship of the many structures built of rugged natural materials by the Civilian Conservation Corps eight decades ago, lakes, streams, verdant wetlands, and sweeping vistas from 2399-foot Mount Constitution of neighboring straights, islands, and beyond them, mountains.

The legs were designed to provide variety, with varying lengths and profiles. Some legs have substantial climb, others are mostly downhill, and others are flatter or have ups and downs equally. Distances range from three to nine miles. Team members are free to divide the legs among runners in whatever way they would like, as long as each member completes two legs. A runner could even do consecutive legs, if they wanted.

The relay will be in two stages, with the first eight legs run on Saturday, and the last four on Sunday. In the evening between, enjoy a meal and camaraderie at the Environmental Learning Center, and sleep in the onsite cabins or use a campsite for a rustic, closer-to-nature experience. All runners will receive an event t-shirt, and finisher medals await teams that complete the entire course. Entry also includes a hearty meal at both days’ finish, as well as a pasta dinner Friday before the relay and continental breakfast both days before the start.

Check race website for detailed course descriptions.

3:00-10:30 PM – Check-in (all team members and volunteers)
8:30-9:15 PM – Pre-event briefing and Q & A (optional but recommended)
6:00-9:00 PM – Dinner (newly included with entry in 2018)

5:30-9:00 AM – Breakfast (included with entry)
6:45-7:15 AM – First leg check-in
7:30 AM – Start
7:37 AM – Sunrise
2:00 PM – First finishers expected
5:30-8:30 PM – Post-race meal and raffle (included with entry; raffle begins at 7:00 PM).
6:14 PM – Sunset
7:30 PM – Last finishers expected

5:30-9:00 AM – Breakfast (included with entry)
6:00-6:20 AM – Early wave check-in (if needed)
6:30 AM – Early wave start (if needed)
7:00-7:20 AM – 9th leg check-in*
7:30 AM – Start*
7:39 AM – Sunrise
12:00 PM – First finishers expected
12:30-4:30 PM – Post-race meal (included with entry)
3:30 PM – Last finishers expected

* For teams that are going much faster or slower than teams have run this course in the past, we may assign a special start time up to an hour earlier or later on Sunday.

Directions & Parking
Moran State Park is located about 25 minutes drive from the ferry terminal on Orcas Island.

Here is a map that you can use to get directions.

Parking is limited near the event center, and signage and volunteers will be on hand to direct you. More detailed parking instructions may be added shortly before the weekend of the event.

Ferry Schedule
Washington State Ferries provides several sailings throughout the day from the city of Anacortes to Orcas Island.

In addition, Washington State Ferries’ service from Canada runs from Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island, however service is not direct, so a stopover on San Juan Island or in Anacortes would be necessary. This may not be the most efficient way to reach Orcas Island, but from a tourism standpoint, a stopover on San Juan Island or a long ferry voyage to Anacortes and part way back are both fantastic ways to spend a travel day.

Lodging & Meals
Check the race website for current lodging and meals information.

All meals, including the Friday night dinner, is in included in your entry. All meals will include vegan and gluten-free options (please note we are not GF/Vegan kitchen).


October 16 @ 3:00 pm
October 18 @ 3:30 pm
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Moran State Park
3572 Olga Rd
Olga, WA 98279 United States
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