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7 hours for 26.2, course closes at 4pm
Races included are 5k, 10k, Half marathon and Marathon. Mostly rolling routes among forested kettle depressions, including sections with more twists and turns. The trail surfaces are mostly a bit smoother than normal for the Northwest. All courses include a finishing stretch with a waterfront view along the scenic bluff-top trail.
The 5-km and 10-km courses each make a single, clockwise loop in the Western part of the park, while the Half-Marathon course ventures further into the Eastern reaches of the forest. The Marathon route traces the Half Marathon loop twice. Forested trails, some flowing sections and some sections with more twists and turns.
5-km, about 660′
10-km, about 1300′
Half Marathon, about 2750′
Marathon, about 5500′
Total aid stations: 5k (0), 10k (1), Half Marathon (2), Full Marathon (5)
Furthest distance apart: 5 miles
Locations: 5k (actual 5.00k, 3.11mi): no aid stations on the course
10k (actual 10.72k, 6.66mi): 1 aid station, at 3.1 miles
Half Marathon (actual 21.18k, 13.16mi): 2 aid stations, at 4.6 and 9.6 miles
Marathon (actual 42.25k, 26.25mi): 5 aid stations, at 4.6, 9.6, 13.2, 17.7, and 22.7 miles, as well as start/finish area between the first and second laps.
What’s available: Aid stations offer water, electrolyte drink, and some carbohydrate-rich or salty foods, such as cookies, pieces of energy bar, gels, chews, chips, bagel, fruity candy, fig bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and/or bananas.
Jonny G’s 2019 Marathon Report
Strava activities and GPX files
8am race day check-in at start/finish location
Due to a major construction project that may be happening in the park, parking for this run will be offsite at Coupeville High School, 501 South Main, Coupeville, WA 98239, and there will be shuttle buses from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM to transport runners from the remote parking to the registration/start/finish and back (about 6 miles). The trip is about 15 minutes, and please allow an extra 20-30 minutes to accommodate a brief wait for the next shuttle.
Here is a map of the remote parking location.
Race start and cutoff times
8:00am – Check-in and event-day registration opens
9:00am – Marathon Start
9:40am – Half Marathon Start
10:00am – 10k Start
10:15am – 5k Start
4:00pm – Course closes
5:30pm – Sunset
Registration opens as early as October and ends February 23rd.
Register through the event website: http://nwtrailruns.com/events/fort-ebey-kettles-trail-run/
Fort Ebey State Park, Whidbey Island, WA
Those approaching from the South will want to take the Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry. There is often a line at the ferry dock, so it is advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure that you intend to catch. The ferry ride itself takes approximately 20 minutes. The drive from the Clinton (Whidbey Island) ferry landing to the start at Fort Ebey State Park takes approximately 50 minutes.
View the ferry schedule here
Lodging on Whidbey Island, Coupleville, and Langley.
The Anchorage Inn Bed and Breakfast is a new Victorian Inn, located on Whidbey Island. The Anchorage Inn is located in the historic town of Coupeville, overlooking Penn Cove. 10% discount (for a 2 night stay) to anyone running the Fort Ebey Kettles Run!
CAMPING – Camping at Fort Ebey State Park will still be closed for the winter during the event.