Deception Pass Marathon/Half

Saturday April 15, 2017: Marathon, Half Marathon & Kid's Race

REGISTRATION: opens Nov. 1, 2016 at 9am PST
Register here

All finishers receive a custom finisher's medal!
Course Description:
The Deception Pass Half Marathon & Full Marathon explores the coastal trails around the famous Deception Pass Bridge on the North end of Whidbey Island. Enjoy stunning water views while running through deep green forests, rocky coastline, and some of the sweetest PNW single track! We will have a post race BBQ and brews and awards.

Half $75 until Feb. 29 ($85 from March 1 to April 12, or until sold out, $95 for day of race, if applicable) 
Full Marathon:  $85 until Feb 29 ($95 from March 1 to April 10 $105 for day of race) 
Register for the entire series: Signup for all the races (any distances per race, there are 5 races) and save $10 per race. Email Race Director for coupon code
Kid's race is free! Register your kid at the race. All kids get finisher medals.

Discounts: Bellingham Trail Running Club members receive $5 off (doesn't apply to when you get coupon for registering for all races in series)  Must be current in your membership dues.  Register for the club here. Email Kristal for the coupon code at
Race Policies: For information on our policies, please go here.

Volunteering: Volunteer at a race and earn a free/discounted entry into another BTRS race. Bring a volunteer for the day and race for free*  Go to our volunteer page for more info or email our volunteer coordinator at
*Some restrictions apply

Host Hotel:
Deception Pass Runners receive a rate of $98.99 at Best Western Plus and a full hot breakfast is included, WiFi is Complimentary.  Outdoor heated pool and hot tub plus a fitness center. To get this special rate, call  360-679-4567  and say you are with the race.

Best Western Plus
Oak Harbor Hotel &  
Conference Center
33175 State Route 20
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Ofc 360-679-4567

Donations: Race donates to Girls on the Run!
Credit: Glenn Tachiyama
Check in/Day of Race Registration/Bib Pickup
HALF: Race check-in (bib pickup) and day of race registration is from 6am to 8:45am at West Beach shelter at Deception Pass State Park.  All runners must check in. 

FULL: Race check-in (bib pickup) and day of race registration is from 6am to 7:15am at West Beach shelter at Deception Pass State Park.  All runners must check in.  

Kid's race: check in or register anytime from 11am to 11:45am West Beach

Race Start Times

Half starts at 9am at West Beach

Full Marathon Starts at 7:30am West Beach 

Kid's race: Noon (12pm) start, 3/4 mile by Cranberry Lake (West Beach Shelter)

Awards will be announced as soon as we have top 3 runners in for men and women and then once we have age groups.  We have awards for age group winners (1st in age group only), top 3 overall winners (male & female).  Age divisions in the marathon and half: 0-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. 

Race Start and Finish Location
HALF: We are starting the race where you check in, at West Beach. Race begins at 9am. Finishes at West Beach. 

FULL: Begins & finishes at West Beach at 7:30am.

Driving Directions & Parking
Start and finish for both races: Near West Beach Shelter in Deception Pass State Park, Google Map  (end of Deception Pass State Park Road)

Deception Pass State Park address:
41020 State Route 20
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Parking: Parking is at West Beach. Please carpool and show up early so that you can find parking.  

You will need a Discover Pass to park in the park. Pass is $10 per day or $30 per year. 

Aid Stations
Half marathon:
Pass Lake Aid, mile 5.5 & 7.4
Bowman Bay Aid, mile 9.25 & 11

Full Marathon: 
Cornet Bay (2x through): mile 6.75, mile 13.25
Pass Lake (2x through): mile 17, mile 18.25
Bowman Bay (2x through): mile 21.25, mile 23

What's at the aid stations? We will have water, electrolyte drink, gels, fruit, soda, assorted candy, PB & J and chips.

Cut Off Times, half marathon: 
Overall cut off 4.5hr, 1:30pm (3mph)

Pass Lake mile 7.4, 11:30am (2.5hr)
Bowman Bay Aid mile 9.25, 12:30pm (3.5 hours)

Full Marathon Cut Off Times

Overall cut off 8hr, 3:30pm (3mph)
Pass Lake mile 18.25, 1pm (5.5hr)
Bowman Bay mile 23, 2pm (6.5hr)
Race gear, Extras
T-Shirts: Short sleeve, gender specific $30. Shirts are not included in your entry fee, you must purchase them separately.  Shirt is a Deception Pass logo shirt. Order your shirt when you sign up for the race on Ultrasignup and pick it up at the race.  Please note that we do not mail shirts! You must pick them up at the race. 

SPECIAL BTRS Racing Jerseys, just in time for summer!  Patagonia Men's Capilene® 1 Sleeveless T-Shirt and Patagonia Women's Capilene® 1 Tank---  $39.  The shirt will have BTRS logo on the front with races in the series listed on the back!  Pictured are women's tank on left, men's sleeveless shirt on right. 

Hoodies: $55.  The comfiest, coolest sweatshirt around!  Unisex sizing with Bellingham Trail Running Series Logo on the front

Maps & Elevation
You are responsible for knowing the course.  We will mark the course very well with ribbons and arrow signs, but there is always the possibility that someone will tamper with markers, you might run past a key turn, or that you might still come to an intersection where you are unsure how to proceed. You can always print out a map and bring it with you on race day to refer to if you are unsure.  Studying the maps can keep you from getting off course on race day!

Elevation Profile for Half Marathon
2,900 ft climbing

Elevation Profile for Full Marathon
4,000 ft climbing

Course Map for Half & Full Marathon
To see the direction runners will travel, please do the following:
1. click on map below this description "open in caltopo"
2. look on the lower left side of the caltopo website where it says "Lines and Polygons"
3. Under "lines and polygons" click on the profile icon in front of either the "Full marathon" or "half marathon" route, depending on which one you want to view.
4. A profile will pop up under the map of the race you chose.  Use your mouse to scroll along the profile, you'll notice a red or blue dot (depending on the race you clicked on). The dot is the runner, or in this case it will show you from start to finish the direction of the route in each area as you scroll through the profile. 

*Note aid station mileages on map are for marathon distance. For half distances, see info on Aid Stations above. 

Credit Glenn Tachiyama