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The Great Ferry Race

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

Rescheduled to 13 Jun 2021

Previous date: 14 Jun 2020

About The Great Ferry Race

 The Great Ferry Race is unlike any other race you’ve ever done. Participants will board the ferry in downtown Seattle by walking on, enjoy the scenic 35 minute crossing to Bainbridge Island, and then assemble on the car deck and walk off. This half marathon race will start on the ferry dock and take runners all around scenic Bainbridge Island. The course is approximately 2/3rds road and 1/3rd groomed trail. After the run, enjoy the post-race festival before picking a return ferry of your choosing back to Seattle.

The Great Ferry Race is presented by Heyday Farms! They are a family-owned sustainable and historic farm on Bainbridge Island. The Farm, the four bedroom Farmhouse and Farm Kitchen allow guests to learn about local food and to be nourished with high quality and ethically produced meals on a working farmstead. The Heyday Farm Store, located in nearby Historic Lynwood Center on Bainbridge Island, allows the community to purchase locally produced foods and products. Heyday Farm is nestled within a picturesque and small island community on the Puget Sound.


The Great Ferry Race

  • 21.082354km


Age Limit

Kids 15 years old and older are welcome to participate.

Equipment Storage

Free gear check is included with your entry. Participants can drop off your gear check bag on the ferry before disembarking. Participants not riding the ferry can drop off their bags at the registration tent. Gear check bags are not included, so be sure to bring a suitable bag or sack to use for gear check. You can pick up your gear check bags at the finish line.

Maximum Time

There is a 4 hour time limit for all participants.


Thankfully, there is TONS of parking available in downtown Seattle on a Sunday morning. You can use some of the abundant, free, on-street parking in downtown Seattle.

The Great Ferry Race Route Map

The Great Ferry Race Route Map




The course is quite diverse. It is about 2/3rd road and 1/3 trail and takes advantage of several of the lovely parks on Bainbridge Island. It is also quite hilly! If you’ve ever been to Bainbridge Island, you know that there are very few flat spots on the island.


his is a pretty unique course. Not only does it start by walking off a ferry, it’s a great blend of road and (tame) trail running. It’s about 2/3rd on road and 1/3rd on trail. We are taking advantage of some of Bainbridge Island’s wonderful parks and trails, including Grand Forest and Battle Point Park.

By most road race standards, this is a hilly course. By trail running standards, it’s quite flat. There is about 1400′ of elevation gain on this course, so make sure you train on some hills!

A word about the trails: these are not technical trails, so you do not need to be an experienced trail runner to do this course. That said, it’s always a good idea to be prepared, so we recommend that you take some time to run on trails prior to the race.

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.