2021 RACE DATE – SUNDAY, SEPT. 12
WHIDBEY ISLAND MARATHON RACE FEES
|FULL MARATHON||HALF MARATHON||10K RUN/WALK||5K RUN/WALK||KIDS 1K RUN|
|AT RACE EXPO||$140||$115||$55||$45||$15|
|*All Active Military registrations will be required to show valid active military ID when pickup up packets to receive race discount.|
|Virtual Race Participants : Your race registration will include all the same swag items as the in-person participant including a race shirt, participant bib & finisher medal along with any other "swag" that might be a part of that package. Shipping is included. If you'd like to participate and have your packet shipped to Canada, please email us as there will be an additional shipping cost.|
PRE-RACE HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO
DATE: Saturday, September 11, 2021*
*Pre-Race Health & Fitness Expo will be dependent on current COVID Safety Guidelines
TIME: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
LOCATION: Oak Harbor High School (1 Wildcat Dr., Oak Harbor, WA 98277)
- Late Registration
- Packet Pickup & Expo
- Changing Events? You can make the switch here
There are expo booth spaces available to showcase your product(s) to 1,500+ participants and families. If you are interested in promoting your business or organization, please email us via the CONTACT US page.
As the state’s “Safe Return to Running” guidelines continue to update, we will continue to update our race guidelines based on local and state guidelines.
As of right now (April 1, 2021), we are hopeful that enough Washingtonians and US Population will be vaccinated to allow no restrictions for the Sept. 12 race.
Currently – we will not have you select a “wave” start time as we are confident restrictions will ease. You will be required to enter your “per-mile pace” as we may still need to start participants in separate corrals spaced apart, which we will assign corrals based on your estimated per-mile pace.
As of today, we do still expect that as a participant you will still be required to follow the below guidelines:
– spaced out / distanced participants per shuttle
– Masks required before your race and after you finish
– Participants “grab” their own cup of water as they pass hydration stations along all routes
– Spacing and social distancing
– Limited spectators at the finish area
These guidelines will continuously change as state guidelines change. To see the current guidelines either visit the Washington Governor’s website or check back here periodically.
EVENT SCHEDULE & INFORMATION
Saturday, September 11, 2021
12:00pm – 7:00pm | Oak Harbor HS Cafeteria* Location & Times subject to change
Sunday, September 12, 2021
7:00am | Full Marathon Run | Start Line – Pass Lake*
8:30am | Half Marathon Run/Walk | Windjammer Park
9:00am | 10K Run/Walk | Windjammer Park
9:00am | 5K Run/Walk | Windjammer Park
10:00am | 1K Kids Run | Windjammer Park
10:00am | Finish Line Celebration | Windjammer Park
*Full Marathon Run is a point-to-point race starting at Pass Lake Boat Launch (north of Deception Pass Bridge) and finishing at Windjammer Park with all other races in beautiful Downtown Oak Harbor.
Official Host Hotels of the Whidbey Island Marathon
Staying the night or multiple nights in Oak Harbor for the Whidbey Island Marathon? Look no further than staying at the Candlewood Suites, the host hotel of the Whidbey Island Marathon. Located about 3 miles from the finish line, this hotel is conveniently located near everything you need as a race participant.
– 10% off your entire stay – To Receive the “Whidbey Island Marathon” discount, please call the hotel directly at (360) 279-2222 and mention you’re visiting for the Whidbey Island Marathon to receive your discount!
– FREE shuttle to/from both start lines before your race (marathon or half) and home after you’ve finished the race!
– Complimentary guest laundry, fitness center, online convenience store and carefully thought out FREE snack bags for participants in the hotel lobby!
Full Marathon Run Participants: All full marathon participants are encouraged to use our free shuttle service to the start of the marathon. There is NO parking at Pass Lake during the race, nor will there be return service to the start line.
Shuttle Option 1) All participants will have the option to park near the finish line at Windjammer Park. From there, participants will be able to catch marathon start shuttles at the parking area within Windjammer Park off Beeksma Ave.
Shuttle Option 2) If you are an out of town guest staying in Oak Harbor at The Auld Holland Inn, The Coachman Inn, Best Western Plus or Candlewood Suites, our shuttles will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the marathon start line as well as return you to your hotel after your race is completed.
Shuttle Pickup Times:
Marathon Departure Time/Location (Please plan on 25 minutes to arrive at the marathon start line)
From Area Hotels (Coachman Inn, Best Western & Candlewood Suites, Auld Holland Inn) 5:40am or 6:20am
From Windjammer Park Parking Lot (Finish Line): 5:45am, 5:55am, 6:00am, 6:05am, 6:10am, 6:15am, 6:20am
Half Marathon – Shuttles will run continuous loops from the same hotels starting at 7:10am with the last shuttle at 8:00am for the half marathon start line
Return Shuttles – Shuttles will run from the event finish line to area hotels continuously throughout the day until 1:00pm
There will be ample street parking available at the west side of Windjammer Park off Beeksma Ave and street parking near Windjammer Park. Paved parking will be available at the Haggen Grocery Store parking lot. Please park in designated areas only and be mindful of parking/no parking signs.
*If you are an out of town guest staying at one of the area hotels (Coachman Inn, Best Western Plus, Candlewood Suites or Auld Holland Inn), you will have the option to take a shuttle from your hotel to the start/finish line. After your race, shuttles will return you to your hotel.
See above for shuttle departure times from various locations.
NEW COURSES FOR 2021! Returning to Windjammer Park!
We are excited to announce we will once again call Windjammer Park home for the 2021 Marathon! For multiple years, Windjammer Park has been closed while experiencing a beautiful makeover. The city has been hard at work adding new running paths, green space, playgrounds, basketball courts and a splash park for kids! This year, Windjammer Park will once again play host to the event’s festivities including the start line for all races (except the marathon) and will act as the finish line and finish festivities after the race! We will feature live music, kids play areas and of course the gorgeous waterfront backdrop at the finish line!
THIS IS NOT A CLOSED COURSE, PLEASE BE AWARE. The courses will be coned, flagged and marked for your protection. We will have course monitors, certified flaggers, and police stationed throughout the course, but please be aware of all traffic. We will have motorcycles as well as HAM Radio Operators monitoring the course and basic first aid needs available at all water stations. Water stations will be “self-serve” as we will not provide volunteers at the water stations, only product for you to refill your water bottles (following Covid Guidelines) and porta-potties will be located every 3 miles on the course (Half & Full Courses). There will also be electrolyte replacement drinks at every other water station as well as energy gels on the full marathon throughout the course. All participants will be chip timed.
2021 FULL MARATHON DESCRIPTION – The Whidbey Island Marathon will once again start at Pass Lake, north of the Deception Pass Bridge. Marathoners will wind their way south from Pass Lake, across the Deception Pass Bridge. The Whidbey Island Marathon will once again be the only race that closes the bridge for runners! Once clear of the bridge, runners will wind through tranquil farmland meandering towards Oak Harbor. 2020 Marathon changes start near mile 12 where marathoners will run a loop through the Silver Lake area before passing by the US Navy Seaplane Base and entering the City of Oak Harbor. From here, the race features a downhill run towards the finish line. Runners will cruise along the waterfront as they enter Windjammer Park, running along the promenade before reaching the finish line!
2021 HALF MARATHON DESCRIPTION – The half marathon will feature a new start/finish line this year. With the completion of the Windjammer Park remodel, the half marathon will start along the water at Windjammer Park. After leaving the park, participants will wind their way through Oak Harbor’s historic downtown area and along the waterfront before running west through the Marsh Trail to Scenic Heights. At this point, runners will complete an out/back through Scenic Heights and Penn Cove (this section is very similar to years past). After exiting Scenic Heights, heading towards the finish line, runners will complete their half marathon experience along the Windjammer Park Promenade before finishing in the newly remodeled park to cheering spectators and live music!
2021 10K & 5K RUN/WALK DESCRIPTION – The 10K and 5K routes will once again follow the half marathon course, starting and finishing at the newly remodeled Windjammer Park. Once exiting, they too will wind through Oak Harbor’s historic downtown area and along the waterfront. They will also run west through the Marsh Trail to the Scenic Heights neighborhood. Shortly after, the 5K course will turn around, heading towards the finish line as the 10K continues along the half marathon path. After the 10K turnaround, both races will join together again, heading towards the finish line back through the Marsh Trail and on the Windjammer Park Promenade before finishing at the newly remodeled Windjammer Park on the Oak Harbor Waterfront!
Race Time Limit
The full marathon has a 6 hour course time limit and the half marathon has a 4:30 time limit. If you are unable to make certain check points by the time needed to meet the six-hour limit, we will pick you up and move you forward to the next check point, and average your current pace time accordingly to add to your overall finish time. Please allow us to do this as we have to meet road closure opening times.
LOCAL AREA INFO
For information about the local area, please visit the following websites:
Whidbey Island is approximately 95 miles north of Seattle. From Everett, it is approximately 1- hour driving time to Oak Harbor.
TRAFFIC NOTICE: Sunday, September 12 – the Deception Pass Bridge will close at 6:45 am for the 7:00 am start of the Full Marathon. The bridge will reopen to traffic at approximately 7:50 am and will follow the runners until the marathon participants turn off Hwy 20 at Ducken. Northbound traffic will not reopen until all participants have exited the highway. Please plan accordingly.
• From Canada and points North – Take I-5 to the Anacortes exit. Proceed West on Highway 20 and follow signs to Oak Harbor.
• From Seattle and points South – Take I-5 North. You then have the option of taking the Mukilteo ferry (every half hour) across to Whidbey Island and driving up to Oak Harbor (45- minutes) or continue North to the Anacortes exit. Proceed West on Highway 20 and follow the signs to Oak Harbor. BE SURE TO CROSS DECEPTION PASS BRIDGE BY 6:45 AM ON SUNDAY, to ensure you make it to the start of your event on time.
• Save Gas and Carpool – The Whidbey Island Marathon encourages participants to carpool to Whidbey Island for the event. Go to www.rideshareonline.com and create a posting if you have space in your car or see who might be able to give you a ride.
• Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle – Provides the only fast, direct, and daily transportation service between all communities on Whidbey Island and Sea-Tac International Airport. www.seatacshuttle.com
• Washington State Ferries – Check the ferry schedule prior to race day. As of this posting, the first ferry of the day will not get you to the island and allow sufficient travel time to reach the full marathon starting line prior to the start of the race. CHECK THE SCHEDULE! They change with the season. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/
• Island County Transit System – Check out Island Transit for all of your transportation needs while staying on Whidbey Island. Please note, there is no scheduled service on Sundays. http://www.islandtransit.org/
Weather in September should be warm but on the island it can change at any time. Please be sure to check the local island weather before race day.
RACE AMENITIES SWAG*
- Commemorative Participant Top (differs per race)
- Finisher medals for all events
- Customized Bib
*Images of swag to be available closer to race date
Clothing Check area will be located near the start line of each event. Marathon participant checked clothes will be transported from the start line to the finish line. We will not provide bags so please bring your own as long as your bib number is placed on the outside of the bag. Under no circumstances should you place valuables in your bag. Finishers may claim their bag near the finish line. Whidbey Island Marathon officials and volunteers are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen checked items.
Lost and Found
Any items found on the course will be brought to Clothing Check. Please see a clothing check volunteer if you have lost or found an item. All lost and found clothing not claimed at the end of race day will be donated to charity.
Water Stations will be located every 3 miles apart. ALL water stations will be “self-serve” water stations without volunteers as we try to limit contact and follow local and state guidelines. In 2021 a “self-serve” water station means we’ll provide water for you to refill your water bottle. We will have limited to no cups at each station, please be aware. Electrolyte replacement drinks will be at every other station and energy gels at various stations. There will be basic medical supplies at each station including, but not limited to bandages, antiseptic creams, Vaseline for chaffing and heat blankets. Porta Potties will be located at each water station.
Top three male & female in the marathon and half marathon distances will receive the following.
$300 & Free entry to the following year’s race
$200 & Free entry to the following year’s race
$200 & Free entry to the following year’s race
$100 & Free entry to the following year’s race
Free entry to the following year’s race
Free entry to the following year’s race
Finisher results will be available online immediately following the conclusion of the races.