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North Olympic Discovery Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

Date 01 Jun 2019

About North Olympic Discovery Marathon

Despite the name, there's nothing Spanish or particularly angelic about Port Angeles, propped up by the lumber industry and backed by the steep-sided Olympic Mountains. People come here to catch a ferry for Victoria, Canada, or base themselves here for excursions into the northern parts of Olympic National Park.

Port Angeles entered history in 1862 when president Abraham Lincoln created a navy and military reserve around the natural harbor and made it only the second planned city in the US (after Washington, DC). Though the fishing industry has declined in recent years, Port Angeles has added dynamism to its cultural life with a fine-arts center and numerous public sculptures. With that being said, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon is the place to be.

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon takes place on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The event hub is downtown Port Angeles and all event activities are within walking distance. Downtown offers hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and access to the waterfront.

The race is organized by the Port Angeles Marathon Association – a group of accomplished amateur athletes. The Marathon is a USATF certified course and a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Practicalities

Award Medals

Marathon finishers will be receiving a Performance Wicking Heather Poly Quarter Zip. The long sleeve garment features thumbholes for additional hand warmth. The look is a two tone heather with double panels with accent stitching.

Equipment Storage

Because the Marathon is a point to point, we are providing a clothing drop at each start.

Maximum Time

The course will close at 1:30pm (6 hours for marathon start, 7.5 hours for marathon walk start). But we are always there for the last finisher!

Parking

Free and pay parking is available throughout the downtown corridor. Your car will be within walking distance of the finish line after the race.

Timing

A numbered race bib and electronic timing chip are personally assigned to each registered athlete. All participants are required to pin their race bib to the front of their shirt.

Transport

Buses depart from the Gateway Transit Center. We strongly encourage participants to take the shuttle to their start. This eliminates congestion at the start where parking is limited.

North Olympic Discovery Marathon Route Map

North Olympic Discovery Marathon Route Map

Start:

Blyn

Blyn, WA, USA

Finish:

Port Angeles

Port Angeles, WA, USA

Difficulty

flat

Highlights

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon take place on a unique point to point course that incorporates the beautiful Olympic Discovery Trail with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and a five mile finishing stretch along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Frequent sightings of seals, eagles, and an array of shore birds are common from the trail. Iconic trestle bridges provide beautiful back drops. Salmon can be seen spawning at the Morse Creek crossing in the fall. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon is truly one of the most beautiful marathon venues anywhere.

Overview

Starting at the beautiful 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn, the course follows the Olympic Discovery Trail through Sequim Bay State Park, across the Johnston Creek trestle, trough the quaint Sequim downtown corridor, over the newly repaired Dungeness River Railroad trestle bridge, meandering through farm and country with mountain views, and finishing with a five mile stretch along the shores of the Salish Sea where you will be greeted at the finish line at Port Angeles City Pier.


The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.