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Whidbey Woods Trail Running Festival 5k | 10k | Half Marathon | Marathon
October 5 @ 7:30 am - 3:30 pm PDT
An event every year that begins at 7:30 am on day first of October, repeating until October 7, 2023
The Half Marathon Trail Series features several half marathon trail runs over the course of the year, designed to both wet and sate trail runners’ appetites for this wonderful distance!
The different events offer courses at a variety of venues, each with a unique beauty and challenge. Run three or more to earn a full series score. See how you compare to others in your age group, or challenge yourself to go the distance three times this year.
Come try it out at Putney Woods, which features beautiful forest, flat to gently-rolling terrain punctuated by steep-sided ravines, and a mix of sweet winding singletrack and wider and straighter trails!
5k (5.2 km, 285 feet climb): 5k loop
10k (10.7 km, 615 feet climb): 10k loop
Half Marathon (21.1 km, 1585 feet climb): 5k loop, then Half/Mar loop
Marathon (42.4 km, 3215 feet climb): 10k loop, then 2x Half/Mar loop
Putney Woods is a little known trail running gem of South Whidbey Island, with a mix of wider mostly-straight trails and narrower winding trails. The variety of trail sizes includes enough twists, turns and roots to make it fun, but not so many that you get dizzy. The hills are modest, with climbs that are either gentle or shorter and steeper where they climb or descend the sometimes steep-sided ridges and ravines. The area is blanketed with a lovely Puget Sound lowland second-growth forest, including conifer trees, salal, and ferns.
Aid Station Distances:
5k: no aid stations on the course
10k: 1 aid station, at 3.2 miles
Half Marathon: 3 aid stations, at 3.2, 5.9, and 9.6 miles
Marathon: 6 aid stations, at 3.2, 6.7, 9.4, 13.1, 16.5, 19.2, and 22.9 miles
7:30am – Registration opens
8:30am – Marathon start
9:00am – Half Marathon start
9:35am – 10k & 5k start
12:30pm – 10k loop +1x Half/Mar loop must be complete for Marathon runners
3:30pm – Course closes
Directions, Parking & Lodging
Putney Woods County Park is about a 20 minute drive from the Clinton ferry terminal on Whidbey Island, near the lovely town of Langley. There is a gravel parking lot at the park that will serve as the primary parking location. If this lot fills, then please park along the adjacent road as directed by event staff.
Those approaching from the South will want to take the Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry. On Saturday morning the ferry leaves from Mukilteo at 6:00am, 7:00am, and 8:00am. There is often a line at the ferry dock, so it is advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure that you intend to catch. The ferry ride itself takes approximately 20 minutes. The drive from the Clinton (Whidbey Island) ferry landing to the start at Putney Woods takes approximately 20 minutes. We advise catching the 7:00am ferry or the 8:00am ferry (if you don’t need much prep time on site).
Whidbey Island is a fabulous place to spend a weekend! Consider staying in the cozy town of Langley.
The nearest camping to the event site is at the south end of the Island County Fairgrounds, located along Langley Road about a half mile walk or drive from downtown Langley. Call 360-221-7950 for information. There are also a few State Parks and a county park farther north on Whidbey Island that offer camping.
Event details subject to change; check event websites for details.