Sunday, February 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m. -- RESULTS
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.