Orca Half Marathon Race Report – Chanelle Lansley

Race: The Orca Half Marathon

Runner: Chanelle Lansley

Race Date: 09/17/2022

Location: Seattle, WA

Results: 1:36:26.69

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. The scenery! The run had beautiful views of the Puget Sound and Downtown throughout much of the race
  2. The organizers! The team managing the race was fantastic and very well organized.
  3. The celebration at the finish line! They had good snacks, live music, and positive vibes at the finish line

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

A few out and backs that were awkwardly placed but unavoidable in order to maintain the view/course.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

It’s a cup-less race

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I enjoyed the people who organized the race, the people who ran the race, and the people who were cheering us on on the street!

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

If you need to hydrate often, bring water or a reusable cup

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

The first part of the race is a trail at Lincoln park.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?


Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

After the first 2-3 miles, it’s almost entirely flat.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?


Competition – Is there a strong field?

I thought so!

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Easy registration process

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Bring your own cups. They have gu available every 2 miles

Weather and typical race conditions

Beautiful weather

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Hydration vest if you need extra water

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?


How’s the Swag?

Great! Shirt and medal

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

5 stars

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