Bluff view and runner at Forb Ebey

Marathon Maniacs chatting after a trail run

Trail run start at Fort Ebey State Park and Bluff Trail with Puget Sound view

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2/16 - Fort Ebey Kettle Run

Fort Ebey Kettle Run
10k, Half Marathon, 20-Mile, & Marathon
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10:00am Start
RESULTS and Tim Chandonnet's PHOTOS!

Fort Ebey State Park is a scenic destination in the middle of Whidbey Island. Originally built to protect Puget Sound from naval invasion, its stunning beachfront bluffs have commanding views onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Runners will line up at 10 AM at the Gun Battery picnic area, perfectly situated to take in the view. The mostly rolling route winds through and among forested kettle depressions, with many gently-flowing trails, as well as sections with more twists and turns. There are many short-to-moderate ups and downs but very few large hills, but still the overall climb is moderate-to-high. The trail surfaces are mostly a bit smoother than normal for the Northwest, probably due to the geology of this area.  All courses include a finishing stretch with a waterfront view along the scenic bluff-top trail.

 

There are four course options:

  • 10 km (6 miles, about 1300 feet elevation gain)
  • Half Marathon (13.1 miles, about 2750 feet elevation gain)
  • 20 mile (about 4050 feet elevation gain)
  • Marathon (26.2 miles, about 5500 feet elevation gain)

 

Lodging, Camping, and Activities
There are many things to see and do on Whidbey Island, as well as many outdoors spaces and indoors accommodations that provide the refuge needed to do nothing but relax. If you'd like to make a weekend of it, you can find lodging options here.
 
See the tabbed menu below for more information.
 

2013 Results

2012 Results

 
 
PRICING
SUPER EARLY / EARLY / REGULAR  / DAY-OF-EVENT 
10k: $27 / $30 / $34 / $40
Half Marathon: $36/ $40 / $44 / $50
20-Mile: $40 / $44 / $48 / $55
Marathon: $42 / $46 / $51 / $60
 
Super Early registration prices end Saturday, November 30th at 11:59pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Early registration prices end Saturday, January 25th at 11:59pm.
Regular pre-registration prices end Friday, February 14th at 11:59pm.
Day-of-event registration is available. We can accept payment by cash or check payable to MerGeo or Northwest Trail Runs.

  

The 10k course makes a single, clockwise loop in the Western part of the area, while the Half-Marathon course ventures further into the Eastern reaches of the forest. The 20-Miler follows the Half-Marathon then the 10k route, while the Marathon is two of the Half-Marathon loop.

All courses have aid stations mid-course, and the 20-Mile and Marathon runners will also have access to aid where the course passes through the start/finish area.

Here are the number and distances of aid stations, by course:

10k (10.72k, 6.66mi): 1 aid station, at 3.1 miles
Half Marathon (21.18k, 13.16mi): 2 aid stations, at 4.6 and 9.6 miles
20 Mile (31.78k, 19.75mi): 4 aid stations, at 4.6, 9.6, 13.2, and 16.2 miles
Marathon (42.25k, 26.25mi): 5 aid stations, at 4.6, 9.6, 13.2, 17.7, and 22.7 miles

Day of run

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.  Check in/event-day registration
9:50 a.m.    Pre-run briefing
10:00 a.m.   Start
5:15 p.m.    Course closes
5:32 p.m.    Sunset

You will need to display a Discover Pass in your vehicle in order to park inside the park. A one-day pass is $10, and a one-year pass (good for 12-months from purchase month) is $30. The Discover Pass helps fund state recreational lands that are otherwise not adequately funded.

When you arrive, please follow the directions of the staff regarding where to park.

Here is a link to a map of the event location. You can use it to get specific driving directions from your location.

From I-5 in Seattle or anywhere South of there, heading Northbound, proceed North to exit 182.
Take exit 182 (SR-525 & I-405 South), and stay left after exiting to get on SR-525, Mukilteo Speedway.
Continue about 9 miles to the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, and get onto the ferry. (Departures every 30 minutes. Schedule.)
After you get off the ferry in Clinton, on Whidbey Island, take SR-525 and SR-20 (the main highway) for 31 miles.
Just after the road passes through a stretch of forest on the left and swings right, turn left onto W Libbey Road.
Go 0.9 miles, then turn left onto Hill Valley Dr.
Go 0.7 miles, past some houses and into the park, then turn right onto Valley Dr.
Go 0.4 miles, past the park info booth, then turn left onto N Fort Ebey Road.
Go 0.4 miles, then turn right into the Gun Battery picnic area.
Registration and check-in will be at the Gun Battery picnic area.

From I-405, heading Northbound from Bellevue, proceed North to the end of I-405.
Continue onto SR-525 North, Mukilteo Speedway.
Continue about 9 miles to the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, and get onto the ferry. (Departures every 30 minutes. Schedule.)
After you get off the ferry in Clinton, on Whidbey Island, take SR-525 and SR-20 (the main highway) for 31 miles.
Just after the road passes through a stretch of forest on the left and swings right, turn left onto W Libbey Road.
Go 0.9 miles, then turn left onto Hill Valley Dr.
Go 0.7 miles, past some houses and into the park, then turn right onto Valley Dr.
Go 0.4 miles, past the park info booth, then turn left onto N Fort Ebey Road.
Go 0.4 miles, then turn right into the Gun Battery picnic area.
Registration and check-in will be at the Gun Battery picnic area.

From I-5, anywhere North of Everett, proceed to exit 230 (SR-20, Burlington, Anacortes).
After the exit, turn left to take SR-20 West toward Anacortes.
Go 11.4 miles, then turn left at the traffic light to continue on SR-20 West.
Follow SR-20 for 22.4 more miles, following signs to get through downtown Oak Harbor.
About 6 miles after Oak Harbor, turn right onto W Libbey Road.
Go 0.9 miles, then turn left onto Hill Valley Dr.
Go 0.7 miles, past some houses and into the park, then turn right onto Valley Dr.
Go 0.4 miles, past the park info booth, then turn left onto N Fort Ebey Road.
Go 0.4 miles, then turn right into the Gun Battery picnic area.
Registration and check-in will be at the Gun Battery picnic area.

Transit:
We were unable to find mass-transit options that are available on Sundays. On Whidbey Island, Island Transit Route 1 runs from Clinton to Oak Harbor, Monday through Saturday. On the mainland side, various options for reaching the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal can be found at Metro Transit's Trip Planner.

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