Whidbey Island Marathon


Start time 6:45 a.m.
Start Line at Deception Pass Lake off of Rosario Road on Hwy. 20.

Registration Fee
$65.00 through October 15 ~ in honor of our 15th Year!
$85.00 through December 31
$100.00 January 1 through February 29
$115.00 March 1 through April 12

$130.00 at Expo

Water Stations will be located every 1-1/2 miles to 2 miles apart. Gatorade will be at every other station with water and we will have GU Energy Gels at miles 6, 13, 17 and 21. There will be basic medical supplies at each station including, but not limited to bandages, antiseptic creams, Vaseline for chaffing and heat blankets. Porta Potties will be located at each water station.

Clothing Bag Check area will be located near the start line. We will provide bags for you to place your clothing in or you are welcome to bring your own as long as your bib number is placed on the outside of the bag.

Navy Base Important Info: GoPros or similar video recording devices are not allowed on the Navy Base portion of the course and will be confiscated if you are using one. Military personal will be on that portion of the course and have authority to confiscate those items.

Packet Pick-up will be at the Expo on Friday. Day of race packet pick-up is highly discouraged. We encourage you to come to the Expo. Those packets not claimed at the Expo will be available day of, but there may be an additional charge and you must pick up your bib between the hours of 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. for the Full Marathon. Please be aware that there may be long lines and we can not guarantee that you will start your race on time. Please be courteous to all runners and only use this service if you are unable to make the Expo due to work or other unforeseen reasons.

Course Elevations


Please note the distance is longer on this graph as it does not take into account the tangents, it shows elevations by middle of roads and vehicle turn patterns.

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The full marathon has a six hour course time limit. Please see below for check points that need to be reached.

Hwy 20 will be closed from 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. at the start of the race. Any runner not on Ducken Rd off Hwy 20 by 7:15 a.m. will be picked up and moved forward. WSDOT does not allow us to have the Hwy closed for more than 30 minutes. We will be enforcing that as the bridge closure is dependent on us being able to open up Hwy 20 according to our allowed permitted times. If you feel you cannot make it to the turn-off by that time we encourage you to run the half marathon as our full marathon course will have check points that need to reached by certain times in order for us to maintain our bridge access, base access and other road closure areas.

Shuttle information to the Start Line of the Full Marathon

There is NO parking for vehicles or passenger drop offs at the start of the full. There is nowhere to stop your vehicle on Hwy 20 and the State Patrol will flag you on. Rosario Rd. will be limited to shuttles and official race vehicles.

Shuttles will begin transporting runners at 5:10 a.m. from the RV Park area at the Finish Line up to the start line. The last bus leaves at 6:00 a.m. There will be heaters at the start line for those that catch the early shuttles.

From Oak Harbor Hotels: Coachman Inn, Best Western Candlewood Suites and Auld Holland Inn.

After the race there will be shuttle service from the finish line celebration back to the hotels starting at 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Course Description

You will start out on Hwy. 20, which will be completely closed off to traffic. As you head south you will come to Deception Pass Bridge, built in 1935 and approximately 180 feet high from road to water depending on the tide. The views are spectacular as you run across the bridge early in the morning. When you reach the other side you will have approximately one more mile to go before you turn off of Hwy 20 east onto Ducken Rd.

During this part of the run you will run through country roadways until you reach Dike Road at mile 8. A beautiful run through Dike Road with water on both sides then heading east up Fakkema Rd. until you reach Taylor, where you will start to head south. On Taylor Rd. before you reach Sleeper Rd. you will come up to one of the more challenging hills on the course. After you reach the top just a short distance away on Sunset Rd. will be a water station waiting for you.

You will continue down Taylor Rd. until you reach Fakkema for a short curve then continuing onto Taylor to Silver Lake Rd. where you will turn left and head east. As you head out Silverlake Rd. you will be going against traffic so, please be cautious on this portion of the course. You will follow Devries Rd. which loops back around to Silver Lake Rd and then return against traffic back out to Taylor Rd. to head south again. There is a turnaround mat located at the return loop portion of Silver Lake Rd. where a water station will also be located so, they will assist in making sure you run across the mat. Devries Rd. and Silver Lake Rd. have two very significant hills that can be challenging.

From Taylor you will reach Crescent Harbor Rd., which you will cross and head west for just a short distance until you reach Forest Dr. where you will turn left, heading south and will also meet the Half Marathon runners at this corner.

As you go wind your way through the Navy Housing area you will drop down onto a paved pathway that heads onto the scenic waterside portion of the Navy Base. This roadway has some chip seal and is a bit worn so, please be aware. There is also a very short metal grated bridge that you cross on the roadway. We will have plywood down on the side if you prefer to run on the plywood rather than the metal grates you may.

You will reach a hill when you cross onto the Navy Base portion of Torpedo road. At the top of the hill there are sweeping views of Oak Harbor. You will pass a PBY Plane that sits at the top of the hill as a museum site, then start to run gradually downhill off of the Navy Base through Skagit College onto Pioneer Way. At Midway Blvd. you will head onto E. Bayshore Dr. and when you reach Flintstone park just a short distance away there are a few short turns and you will run next to the beach on the boardwalk that is constructed of fiberglass decking materials. That will bring you back out to E. Bayshore Dr. where you will head west turning right onto City Beach Street.

At the end of City Beach Street you will head into Windjammer Park along paved pathways, which leads to the finish area. The Finish Line is located in the park on grass.

There are no walkers allowed in the Full Marathon.

Marathon Check Points:
We will have check points that need to reached this year for the full marathon only. If you are unable to reach any of the check point times listed below we will pick you up and move you forward to the next check point and average your current pace time accordingly to add to your overall finish time. Please allow us to do this as we have to meet road closure opening times and Navy Base closure times.

7:00 a.m. At mile 1 just over the the bridge
7:15 a.m. Ducken Rd. near mile 2
Please note we are under a strict road closure/opening with the state for Deception Pass Bridge so, the times listed above are not negotiable.
8:00 a.m. Jones & Koontz Rd. at mile 6
8:50 a.m. Taylor and Sunset Road at mile 10
9:15 a.m. Taylor Rd and Silver Lake Rd turn off at mile 12
11:15 a.m. Silverlake and Taylor Rd return just past mile 20
11:45 a.m. Navy Base Housing Gate entrance at mile 22.5
From the last check point we will move you to the other side of the Navy Base to mile 25 for you finish at your own pace from there.

If you are unable to reach any of the check points by the times indicated above we will pick you up and move you forward to the next check point and average your current pace time accordingly to add to your overall finish time. Please allow us to do this as we have to meet road closure opening times and Navy Base closure times.