Orcas Island 50Miler/Marathon/Half

May 13, 2017 Orcas Island Trail Races:

Marathon, Half Marathon and 50 miler (new this year)

Camping is sold out, sorry for any inconvenience. We still have bunk lodging available. Scroll down for details.

REGISTRATION: Online registration opens Nov. 1 at 9am PST
Online registration closes May 8th. You may register day before race or day of race: Friday at check in from 4pm to 10pm. You may also check in Saturday morning. Saturday morning check in is from 4am to 4:45am (50 miler, 5am start) and until 7:45am (Full Marathon, 7:30am start) or until 8:45am (Half Marathon, 9am start) at Camp Moran, Main Lodge.

Photo by Ross Comer
All finishers receive a custom finisher's medal!

Course Description:
The trail races explore Moran State Park's many mountain lakes, wooded single track trails, and the 2,409 foot Mount Constitution on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The trails offer views of the Cascade Mountain range to the East, surrounding islands, and American and Canadian cities. You can see Mount Baker dominating the skyline with its snow capped top rising out of the Cascades. A bank of clouds below the rocky cliff as you summit Mt. Constitution and green islands rising through the clouds like rocks in a wild sea make this race one of the most stunning trail 50 miler/ half and full marathons in the Pacific Northwest. On the summit, there stands a stone observation tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. The tower offers panoramic views of the sea, islands, mainland, and the Cascades.

Half: $65 until March 31 ($75 from April 1-May 5, $85 for day of race)
Full: $85 until March 31 ($90 from April 1-May 5, $95 for day of race)
50 miler: $120 until March 31 ($130 from April 1-May 5, $140 for day of race)
Register for the entire series: Signup for all the races (any distances per race) and save $10 per race. Email Race Director for coupon code racedirector@destinationtrailrun.com
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 Kristal@destinationtrailrun.com
Race Policies: For information on our policies, please go here.

Housing on Site:
ALL HOUSING SIGNUPS ARE VIA ULTRASIGNUP when you register. If an option is no longer available it will not show up on the shopping page. 
Camping reservations, shirt orders and hoody orders can be made here: https://ultrasignup.com/shopping.aspx?dtid=23612
Bunk Housing: $25 per night for one bunk (available Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights)
Rent an Entire Cabin for both Friday and Saturday nights:
6 person cabin: $350 (total cost for both nights) sold out
8 person cabin: $450 (total cost for both nights) sold out
10 person cabin: $550 (total cost for both nights)
Camping: $20 a tent or $30 for family (2-3 tents). Only in designated areas. Be sure to check with check in volunteers for locations. Tent Camping usually sells out early! Camping is sold out, sorry for any inconvenience. We still have bunk lodging available.

Race Policies: For information on our policies, please go here.
We do allow dogs and want to continue to allow dogs so we do have some rules about bringing your best friend. A few things to note if considering bringing your dog: 
  • dogs must be on leash at all times on course
  • dogs must be on leash at all times at Moran State Park (location of the race)
  • we cannot allow dogs in the bunk cabins
  • runners with dogs must yield right of way to other participants and trail users as needed
  • runners with dogs should not be wearing headphones and must keep their dog under control at all times
  • aggressive dogs are not allowed
  • If an participant breaks these rules the are subject to disqualification
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 to register at Volunteer@destinationtrailrun.com.
*Some restrictions apply

Race Distances: 50miler, Marathon, Half, free kid's 1k race (distance varies from 1/2 mile to 1 mile)

Festival Activities
Dinner at the Main Lodge Saturday night. Bring a dish to share.
We will have free beer from Island Hoppin Brewery for those 21+

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 11
6pm-8pm Check in for lodging and camping if you reserved for Thursday. If you can't make it between 6 and 8pm, no problem, we will leave an info sheet on the main lodge door with your cabin information and we will have marked the areas for camping as well. Only set up tents in marked locations! 

Friday, May 12
4pm to 10pm Check in & bib pickup. Also check in to lodging & camping at Camp Moran. Scroll down for more info on bunks and camping.
5pm to 9pm Potluck at the main lodge. Commercial kitchen open to all. There is also a large fridge everyone can use. Bonfire at the fire pit. Bring something to share!

Saturday, May 13  50 Miler/Half Marathon/Marathon/Kid's Race
4a.m.-8:45am race check in
5am 50 miler start
8am Marathon start
9am Half Marathon start
10:30am: Build Your Own Burrito Bar & Island Hoppin Brewery kegs at the finish line. Check in for kid's race.
11am Kid's Race
All day Check out Doe Bay Hot Tubs post race (optional, unofficial) Doe bay Info
6pm Potluck at the Main Lodge, bring something to share
7pm: Bonfire, card games, music at Main Lodge!

What do you get with registration?
Finisher's medal
Kid's also get finisher's medals (free)
Post run meal and drinks
Island Hoppin Brewery beer for 21+
Aid stations (half and full marathon and 50 mile)

Purchase Separately with registration, on ultrasignup:
  • Race specific hoodies or Destination Trail hoodies for $55. We may have extras for sale at the race
  • T-shirt, technical $30
  • Cotton Tees $35
  • Trucker hats (hand painted) $45, logo hats $25
Use this link to get lodging: https://ultrasignup.com/shopping.aspx?dtid=23612
About the Cabins (bunk housing) & Camping: (Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights)
The lodging is rustic and bunk style. There are varying numbers of bunks in each cabin from 6-14. We will do our best to bunk you with your friends and family. Please let us know when you register how many (and who) you want to bunk with. The bunks come with a mattress but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag/pillow or blanket and sheets. $25 night/per bunk.
Outlets to charge electronic devices are available in bunks and the main lodge. 

Camping You must check in at the lodge or reserve ahead of time for camping. Camping is $20 a tent. or $30 for a family (up to 3 tents). Camping is ONLY allowed in certain locations. Camping is on a first come, first serve basis via ultrasignup. Camping may fill up. If it does we have lodging for $25 a bunk. Check in for camping is from 4pm-10pm Friday and 6am-9:45am Saturday. Camping is sold out, sorry for any inconvenience. We still have bunk lodging available. 

Other Lodging information on Orcas Island from the Orcas Chamber of Commerce
Bunk houses at Camp Moran
The Trail Festival: 
Join us for the whole weekend! We are renting the entire Camp Moran from Thursday, May 11- Sunday May 14 so that you can stay right in the camp, or if you prefer less rustic accommodations, you can stay at one of many hotels, B&B's, and resorts on the little island in the San Juans. The park is closest to Eastsound on Orcas Island. There is very little to no cell reception in the park (there's reception on the top of Mt. Constitution). The camp has a commercial kitchen and all participants lodging at the camp are welcome to use the kitchen and fridge as well as the seating in the main lodge. This is a great opportunity to really get to know other trail runners!

Cascade Lake by Camp Moran
Directions to the Start/Finish:
Unless you live on the island you will need to take the ferry to the island. For a schedule visit here: 
WSF Schedule
We recommend making ferry reservations in advance.

Address of park: 
3572 Olga Rd, Olga, WA 98279
You will need a Discover Pass or day pass to park. You can purchase one at the park or ahead of time online.
Moran State Park Website

Aid Stations:
Aid stations will have lots of food options: fruit, sandwiches, soda, gels, water, electrolyte drink, candy, chips, soup (at some locations), bacon (at some locations), vegetarian options.

Drop Bags only allowed for 50 miler:
13.1mi Cascade Falls, no cut off. DROP BAGS ALLOWED
20.5mi Mt. Constitution, 11:30pm, (6.5hr). DROP BAGS ALLOWED
37mi Cascade Falls, cut off: 3:30pm (10.5hr). DROP BAGS ALLOWED
44.4mi Mt. Constitution, 5:45pm (12.75hr). DROP BAGS ALLOWED

50 Miler Aid Stations & Cut Off Times: (14 hr cut off, 7pm)
3.5mi Mt. Pickett, no cut off
13.1mi Cascade Falls, no cut off. DROP BAGS ALLOWED
20.5mi Mt. Constitution, 11:30pm, (6.5hr). DROP BAGS ALLOWED
24.5mi Cascade Lake, 12:30pm (7.5hr)
27.5mi Mt. Pickett, 2pm (9 hr)
37mi Cascade Falls, cut off: 3:30pm (10.5hr). DROP BAGS ALLOWED
44.4mi Mt. Constitution, 5:45pm (12.75hr). DROP BAGS ALLOWED
50.4 Finish, cut off 7pm (14 hr)

Marathon Aid Stations & Cut off times (8.5hr cut off)
No drop bags
3.5mi Mt. Pickett, no cut off
13.1mi Cascade Falls, cut off: 12pm (4.5hr)
20.5mi Mt. Constitution, 2:30pm, (7hr)
24.5mi Cascade Lake, 3:30pm (8hr)
26.5mi Finish, 4pm (8.5 hr)

Half Marathon Aid & Cut off times, 9am start, cut offs are the same as the full marathon giving half runners lots of time to finish (since the aid stations would be open anyway for the full)
No Drop bags
2 mi Cascade Lake: water only, unmanned, no cut off
8.4mi Mt. Constitution, cut off at 2:30pm (5.5hr)
12mi Cascade Lake, cut off at 3:30pm for half, same as the full.
14mi Finish

** Cut off times are for your safety as well as for our volunteers. We can only expect our volunteers to be out so long. By signing up for this race you agree to our cut off times. If you do not make the cut off time, you must stop and get a ride to the finish. You may have to wait until the aid station closes to get a ride from the volunteers. Thank you for understanding.
View from the top of Mt. Constitution, finish for the 10k and en route on the half and full marathon.
Medals for all finishers in half & full marathon and 50 miler. We have awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall in the marathon and half as well as 1st in the following age groups:
0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. 50 miler only has awards for 1, 2, 3 male and female (no age group) awards.

Post Run Party:
We will have delicious post race burrito bar for Saturday's races. All participants eat free! The post run party will also feature local kegs of microbrew.


50 Mile Course
50 miler does two passes of marathon course without going to the finish between the two passes. 
12,400 ft of ascent
12,400 ft of descent
50.4 miles

50 Miler Profile:

Half Marathon Course
3,800 ft. ascent
3,800 ft descent
14 miles

Half Marathon Elevation Profile

Full Marathon Course
6,200 ft. ascent
6,200 ft descent
26.5 miles

Full Marathon Elevation Profile

10k Uphill Course (not available for 2017)
3,100 ft. Ascent
700 ft descent
6.2 miles

More pictures of the race courses:
Photo by Ross Comer

Photo by Ross Comer

Photo by Ross Comer