Race InfoLocation: Sequim to Port Angeles, Washington
Date: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Distances: 26.2, 13.1, Relay, 10k, 5k, Kid's Race
People: 225 (marathon)
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This was a small little expo with tons of local races there handing out flyers! I grabbed as many as I could since I'm local and new to the area.
If I went to the expo again I would have avoided going during the kid's race. I didn't know at the time that it was going on but parking was a bit tight in Port Angeles and might have been better if I had avoided it. Also the kid's race was HUGE! If you have kid's definitely sign them up.
I picked a camping spot close to the race start at Seqium Bay State Park. Let me start by saying it was a beautiful area right on the water and definitely my favorite camping spot so far in Washington.
It was about 2 miles from the race start which made it a quick drive in the morning. The marathon passed right through the park but luckily it was early enough in the race that I didn't debate heading back to my campsite.
Check out Sawadee Thai in Sequim. SO GOOD.
Sawadee Thai for dinner before @NODMarathon tomorrow. It was amazing and I'm soooo full 😬 #bibchat #nodmbr pic.twitter.com/Z1mctUnJDv
— Nicole (@bonktothefinish) June 3, 2018
The marathon course was mainly rolling hills with some flat stretches mixed in. The hills can easily wear you out early if you're not careful!
The aid stations were stocked with sports drink and water with snacks. Off the top of my head I remember gels, fruit, gummy bears, and pretzels. Most aid stations had multiple options. I thought this was more than what you'd find at the typical marathon which was definitely a perk.
The course really didn't have many spectators which I think was ok for this course. It was very scenic and spectators might have detracted from that.
The marathon race start had tons of parking and no traffic. Parking was more limited in Port Angeles so it definitely seemed easier to park at the start (plus that way you can sleep in a little later!). There was a shuttle for people who parked near the finish. I didn't use it and can't comment on the experience, but I'm sure it helped simplify planning for many people.
The race also had free pictures which is always an unexpected plus!
Overall I would say that I would run this race again for the scenery and the quarter zip! My only complaint was that they ran out of heat sheets. It was a cold day to begin with and I ran the last couple miles in the rain. I didn't stick around at the finish for long because I was cold and wet but might have had the race had more sheets left. I finished around 4:30 so there was still a good amount of runners behind me.
Final Time: 4:23:52.75
Update! I also got second in my age group! I had no idea until an award showed up at my doorstep a few weeks after the race.
Post-race, I was able to jump on Athlinks.com and claim my race results. You can check out how I did it here, and while you’re at it, jump on and make an account too. Don’t forget to add me as a friend so we can go head-to-head in future races!