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Summer Blast at Redmond Watershed

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Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 Mile, 5 Miles
Redmond Watershed Preserve
Redmond, Washington
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Redmond Watershed Preserve features a flat to moderate-grade course with a few short steeper climbs. The entire course is lined with beautiful forest of Douglas firs, lush ferns and layered with moss--a quintessential Pacific Northwest forest. The trail is primarily a wide dirt or gravel path, and is great for beginners and fun for veteran trail runners. This is a fast course by trail running standards!

There are four course options for this event:

5-miles (8km)
10-miles (16.1km)
Half-Marathon (21.1 km, 13.1 miles)
Marathon (42.2 km, 26.2 miles)
All courses start and finish adjacent to the South (main) parking lot off Novelty Hill Road. All have low to moderate climb and mostly relatively wide, smooth trails, with few steep parts.

This run is LIMITED to 250 runners!

Course Description
The 5-mile course is a lollipop loop, with runners leaving the start and returning to the finish via the same trail.

The 10-mile course is two times around the 5-mile course.

The Half-Marathon course is two identical laps, which generally follow the 5-mile course route but have two added out-and-back sections. Half-Marathon runners will pass by the aid station at the start/finish halfway through, and there will be an additional aid station passed twice at 3.54 miles into the 6.55-mile loop, for a total of three well-spaced aid stations for Half-Marathon runners.

The Marathon course is four identical laps, on the same loop as the Half-Marathon runners. Marathoners will pass by the aid station at the start/finish three times, and there will be an additional aid station 3.54 miles into the 6.55-mile Marathon course loop, for a total of seven well-spaced aid stations.

Directions
From Seattle or Bellevue, follow SR-520 East to the end of the freeway in Redmond.
Continue straight, as SR-520 becomes Avondale Road NE.
After a little less than one mile, make a gentle right turn onto NE Novelty Hill Rd.
Go 2.9 miles, then turn right onto Redmond Ridge Drive NE.
Take the next left onto NE Marketplace Drive, then turn left into the parking lot and park.
Board the shuttle bus for the 5-minute ride to the check-in, start, and finish area.

Parking at the start is very limited and will likely be full, so please allow time to use the offsite parking and shuttle bus, and carpool if possible. The gravel lot near the start is reserved for equestrians and other park users.

Transit:
Redmond Watershed Preserve has no weekend bus service very nearby. However, it is possible to combine bus travel to Redmond with biking (or running) a few miles to the preserve. Those interested in exploring transit options can check Metro's Trip Planner.

To search for a map on the web, enter the address:
21798 NE Novelty Hill Rd, Redmond, WA 98053
That is the entrance.

Parking
Offsite Parking and Shuttle

Due to the number of runners participating and the small size of the lot in the park, parking for this run will be offsite, and there will be a shuttle bus to take you to the start and back to your car after you finish. The lot is about one mile from the start, just East of Redmond Ridge Dr. NE, on the North side of NE Marketplace Dr. Here is a map of parking and the start, and here is a map that you can use to get driving directions to the parking area. Even with the offsite lot, there is limited parking. We encourage carpooling, and carpools of three or more people are welcome to park in the paved lot in the park while there is room. There is also some street parking along NE Marketplace Drive, to the West of Redmond Ridge Dr. NE.
 
 

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