Friday, October 7, 2016

100 Half Marathons - Club Challenge of Fifty States Half Marathon Club - Washington Running Clubs

Washington half marathon runners and walkers!  Join a great club with lots of challenges to work on, as well as lots of discounts and great members.  Many half marathon runners and walkers out there can’t alway afford to travel around to all 50 states.  The 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ is a perfect alternative!  Join Fifty States Half Marathon Club and work toward your 100 half marathons, and take your time on the other challenges.  All members can work toward all the challenges.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club hosts a big annual meet up in a new state every year, which includes the big annual awards night for all the club members that finish a challenge.  From the 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ to the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, or 50 States Endurance Challenge™, runners and walkers will enjoy a great group of members, with lots of opportunity to meet members at races.  Paint your journey on the cool 100 Half Marathons shirts, designed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club, or the map back design as you work toward 50 states.



Additionally, there is the 500 Endurance Challenge™, the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge™, and the new Canada 10 Provinces Half Marathon Challenge™.  A description of each challenge can be found at the official website of Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Beautiful, classy awards when you finish a challenge!

Join the club and start working toward your 100 half marathons, or 50 states, at

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Race Review for Half Marathons in Washington State

Do you have a race review for a half marathon in Washington State?  If so, feel free to submit a half marathon review for consideration!   Here are some great topics runners like to read about in your half marathon review:

Was the race website organized and informative?  Distances visible on home page, full address of location for out of state visitors, city and state visible of non-local participants, details about course, critical info easily found, etc.

Was the race well organized?  Packet pick up, expo, start time, timing, support?

Did this race have an expo, or just a small packet pickup?

Were enough volunteers recruited? How was on course support?  Enough food?  Enough water?

How was the post race party?  Good food? Music?  Enough food?  Enough refreshments & recovery food or drinks? Describe.

How was the medal? below average? average? excellent?  beyond excellent, pretty cool?
Do you have a photo to share of your bling to include?

How was the swag?  Any awesome swag?  Brand of shirt?

How was the cost of the race compared to most half marathons?  about average, a great deal, way too expensive for the swag, bling and support that was provided, well worth the cost for the swag, bling, post race party and support received?

Was this a small race, a medium sized race, or large race?

Was the course scenic?  What was the highlight of the course (or highlights of the course)?
What made the course fun (or totally boring)?
Do you have any good scenic course photos to send us?

Describe the course.  Was it flat?  Rollers the whole way?  Flat with one big monster hill?  All up?  All down?  All up then all down? etc.  Was it shaded?  Trees, dessert, mountainous, city streets, all neighborhoods, through a park, etc?

We love to hear from our half marathon runners about all the half marathon races out there that you love, like, or didn't care for, and appreciate your feedback.  We may share your review in multiple locations such as our half marathon blogs, or possibly even on  You can ask to be published anonymously if you'd like, but we do need your information in order to publish.

Happy Running!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

River Run Half Marathon Along the Columbia River in Wenatchee

Combine a half marathon on a paved path along the Columbia River, with the Taste of the Harvest Festival downtown Wenatchee Saturday September 20, 2014, which includes a Wine Tasting Garden where you can sample up to 20 tastes of local award winning wines from the best wineries in North Central Washington.  The course along the river will have a combination of flat sections, rollers, and a few hills, starting at the Pybus Public Market along the Wenatchee waterfront, and ending in the heart of the Taste of the Harvest festival. ALSO if you are a Fifty States Half Marathon Club member, you will receive a discount to the River Run Half Marathon.

For more information and/or to register, visit the direct link to the Black Diamond Sports Therapy River Run Half Marathon

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington Half Marathons 2014 now more Multi-device friendly

New and improved version, more mobile device and tablet friendly version of the half marathon calendar for Washington Half Marathons at now LIVE! currently is up to date with 2014 half marathons and 2015 half marathons that have been updated by race organizers. 

Search for Seattle half marathons, Tacoma half marathons, Spokane half marathons, Vancouver half marathons, Everett half marathons, Yakima half marathons, Bellingham half marathons, and many more 1/2 marathons in Washington.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rally Round 4 Ultrasound Half Marathon - Fun Weekend of Events Planned

Looking for a fun, active weekend in Washington this summer? Run with champions on the 5K, 10K and Half-marathon race courses through Ft Steilacoom Park. The courses are mostly flat, fast and fantastically beautiful with one memorable hill (2 for the half-marathon). Course is a combination of trail and pavement and is well marked with signage and course monitors. (Ten water stations serve the half-marathon course). Free pancake breakfast, event photo and post-race massages for all paying registrants (kids 10 & under are free). Also includes free entrance to our Guiness Book of World's Record attempt for the World's Largest Squirt Gun Fight following the race. Event T-shirts are $10.

Watch the video about all the fun activity planned for the event weekend!  

AND if you are a Fifty States Half Marathon Club member, you will receive a discount.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Washington Half Marathons 2014 - Washington Half Marathon Calendar

Just a note to our readers, letting everyone know Washington half marathons are up to date for 2014 at the Half Marathon Calendar!

Search for half marathons by state OR search for a half marathon by month.

The half marathon calendar is managed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club and is a free resource to the public.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Inaugural Horse Lake Trail Half Marathon to Kick Off this May 2014

Inaugural Horse Lake Trail Half Marathon and 5 mile trail run is set to kick off this May 2014.  The official date is Saturday 5/10/2014.

Horse Lake Half-Marathon and 5-Mile Trail Run take place on well-maintained trails at the stunning Horse Lake Reserve. Owned by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, the 1,700-acre reserve is located just a few miles northwest of the city of Wenatchee in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Trail runners will be surrounded by wildflowers and views of the Cascades, Wenatchee River and Columbia River. The Horse Lake Reserve is a former working ranch, so remnants of that past life dot the landscape as well.

This trail half marathon is not walker friendly, however their River Run road half marathon in September is officially walker friendly.  RunWenatchee plans to hold 6 races in 2014.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club members receive a discount to this event.

To view ALL half marathons in Washington, visit the Washington State Half Marathon Calendar

Saturday, July 27, 2013

2014 Washington Half Marathons - Washington State half marathons

Do you have a 2014 Washington half marathon date update or a new half marathon to add?  We are updating our half marathon calendar for 2014 as your dates are updated, so make sure to send us on over any Seattle half marathons, Tacoma half marathons, or any other Washington State half marathon 2014 dates!  

Washington Half Marathon Calendar 2013 and 2014

Want to advertise your event?  We have great ad prices on our half marathon calendar as well!  Get visibility on one of the most up to date half marathon calendars on the web!

Click here to view our media kit and various advertising prices and deals.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

September Half Marathon in Washington with Oysters in the Half Shell, Wine Tasting, Ciders, Ales & Cheese Post Race

Come out and Run the beautiful Quilcene Half Marathon, 10k, & 5k courses, winding through the forests and farmland overlooking Quilcene Bay, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, approximately 2 hours north of Seattle

Run takes you over a bridge with spanning salmon, through farm and countryside with views of the bay and mountains.

Celebrate your run afterwards with oysters in the half shell, tasting of local ciders, wines and ales and a local cheeses, ..... Yummmmmm!

All 3 race routes cross the Little Quilcene River (with salmon spawning below), and pass by the tidewaters where their famous Quilcene Oysters flourish.

Additionally, Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club members receive a discount to the half marathon.

Click here to visit ALL Washington Half Marathons

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day to all you Washington Runners

Wishing all you Washington runners out there an extra special National Running day! Runners united like never before this year, and we are so grateful to be a part of such an awesome community full of all you awesome runners.

All the best, From your Running Friends at Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club and Half Marathon Calendar USA!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Washington Half Marathon Runners, Marathoners & Triathletes - Join the Challenge!

Join in Washington runners and triathletes, and take the Challenge!  Whether you are a half marathon runner, a full marathon runner, a half ironman triathlete or go long for the full ironman triathlons, OR like to do a little bit of all, ... we have a challenge for you!  Choose from 3 challenges .........

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Windermere Half Marathon Discount

The Windermere Half Marathon course is USATF Certified. The start of the Half Marathon is at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley, WA. The scenic course runs along the Centennial Trail with an exciting finish at Spokane's Howard Street Bridge in Riverfront Park. With an overall elevation drop of over 100 feet, this fast course is ideal for setting personal records.

Amenities include an especially attractive long sleeve microsmooth race shirt, "blinged out" shining and spinning medal, a lovely long stemmed lilac rose to each finisher, free victory stand photo and celebration at post race party with hot food, beer garden and music festival. 

Additionally, Fifty States Half Marathon Club members will receive a discount to Windermere Half Marathon!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Half Marathons Reach a Milestone and Surpass the 2000 total mark in 2012

The year 2012 has been a year of tremendous growth for half marathons and marks a new milestone of surpassing over 2000 half marathons across the United States.  Half Marathons are being formed as fast as we can add them to the online calendar directories. analyzed, searched, and compared the top half marathon directory listings across the United States and came to a total of 2005 half marathons for all US States totaled, reported on August 26, 2012.  California leads the way with the top number of half marathons, surpassing the 250 mark this year and new half marathons being added almost weekly, with Florida following as second with a total of 105 half marathons reached in 2012.  Not too far behind Florida follows Utah, Texas, and the state of Washington for most half marathons in the United States.  Both Florida and Texas hit their 100 milestone this year in 2012.

As events grow, the importance for Race Directors and Event Management companies to understand their audience, not only from a race day perspective, but also an online perspective in presenting the event website is critical.  A past article Event Websites in our Changing World of Technology, Social Media, and Accommodating the Traveling Athlete written by Nicole Blomgren, Founder and President of Fifty States HALF Marathon Club and, provides good insight into what events should be cognizant of in presenting their information for runners, to make finding an event so much easier.

The rate of half marathon additions does not seem to be slowing as we approach this last quarter of 2012, predicting half marathon totals to likely grow to between 2300 to 2500 by the end of 2013.  Half Marathon clubs and training organizations have also seen growth in 2012, such as the national running club Fifty States HALF Marathon Club , which has more than doubled over the past year, and the training organization  PRSFIT Nation which also continues to grow, training runners and triathletes, of all levels, globally.

Furthermore, the half marathon 13.1 mile distance event is a nice event to travel on the weekends to. Runners can typically experience a quick recovery after finishing a half marathon, one may not encounter when participating in a full marathon, presenting the half marathon experience to be very enjoyable running distance event for runners.

 ~ Copyright 2012 - Nicole Blomgren

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Have a Half Marathon Race Review Washington Runners?

Feel free to share with us your Half Marathon race reviews.

What to share?

Course description:  flat, hilly, rollers, scenic

Best moment of the race?

What could they improve on if anything?




Aid Stations?

Post Party entertainment?


Are you a Race Director or Event Organizer and want to improve your website for athletes?
Read the Article at this site
What do you Include on your Website?:  

Do you want to advertise your event on one of our State Pages at
 Half Marathon Calendar 2012 ?
We are running a special, advertise 2 consecutive months or longer and we'll give you the ad for only $100/month!!!!
Contact us for availability of the ad spot you'd like.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Birch Bay Half Marathon 2012 Race Review

Race Review of Birch Bay Half Marathon by an official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member:

Just got done with the Birch Bay Half Marathon in Blaine, Washington.  What a beautiful course.  What a hilly course.  I would recommend this event if you are looking for a small race that focuses on racing and not all the other "stuff".  No spectators, a few aid stations (did have the good gatorade), beautiful medal, short sleeve generic t-shirt, and hardly any food at the end, but they did give an early start.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Cold Weather Training
Article By: Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko RRCA Running Coach
November 3, 2011

Cold weather training requires a little extra planning and protection before you head out the door. Your body loses heat quickly in cold weather due to convection (heat loss due to motion), conduction (transfer of heat due to temperature changes), evaporation of moisture, and radiation (transfer of energy caused by the difference between skin temperature and ambient temperature). The right layers will protect you from the elements without weighing you down. Cold can take it toll on your performance and comfort. And frostbitten skin is always a risk. But if you take some simple precautions, you can maintain your mileage in anything weather winter bring your way.

The challenge in dressing for winter training is not only to keep the winter chill and wetness out, but to manage the heat and moisture your body produces as well. Even in subfreezing temperatures your body produces a lot of heat and sweat. You can produce up to two liters per hour when running. Water conducts heat away from your body 25 times faster than air – great in summer, but dangerous in cold temperatures. Staying dry under your layers is critical and can impact heart rate, as well as comfort, dryness, and warmth.

Here are some tips for dressing in layers:

First Layer

Forget cotton. It holds moisture next to your skin. Choose the new lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics that hold a very small percentage of their weight in moisture. Performance microfibers hold less than on percent of their weight in water compared to 17% wool or 8% cotton.

Second Layer

If you running in very cold weather, you may need a middle layer to trap the warmth your muscles generate. Choose a layer that produces maximum warmth with minimum bulk. Synthetic fibers have an advantage of staying drier than natural ones.

Outer Layer

Fibers have been developed that block the elements without trapping too much heat and moisture underneath. Look for waterproof fabrics that vent.

Hands and Head

Up to 40% of your body’s heat loss occurs from the head due to a large blood supply, extra surface area, and the mucus membranes of the nose and mouth. Choose thin microfiber hats and lightweight gloves liners for your hands.

Don’t forget your feet

Cotton is a bad choice for socks. Look for synthetic socks that won’t hold moisture and become packed down when damp.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Washington Half Marathons, Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors & Event Organizers

Hi Washington Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors and Event Organizers.  Feel free to email us Half Marathon race news and stories to post on our blog.  To send news, articles or fun information, please send us which Half Marathon State Blog you'd like it posted in at   CONTACT US

Also if you'd like your event or any other discounts to be added to the official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club Member Discount List that goes out to all our members across the United States, please send your event, website link and race discount code to be added for our official members to use.  Our members like to choose from races on our discount list when they look at choosing a half marathon in your state.  Send to  CONTACT US  and in return we will help promote your event.

If your Half Marathon event is missing from the Half Marathon Race Calendar found at and would like to be added, please send the event date, name, and website link to   CONTACT US

Monday, March 22, 2010


Saturday, Apr. 10 Trout Lake Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Trout Lake, WA

Sunday, Apr. 11 Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon Whidbey Island, WA

Saturday, Apr. 17 Wenatchee Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay Wenatchee, WA

Sunday, May 2 Tacoma City Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Tacoma, WA

Sunday, May 9 Kirkland Half Marathon & 5k Run & Walk Kirkland, WA

Saturday, May 15 Windermere Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay Spokane, WA

Sunday, May 16 Capital City Marathon, Half Marathon Olympia, WA
FOR LINKS to half marathons, we are currently working to update our half marathon calendar at Fifty States HALF Marathon Club
Please let us know if we are missing any half marathons for April or May 2010. Thank you!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

HALF Marathon Runners and Race Directors in WASHINGTON

Feel free to post favorite races, half marathon events, and anything and everything related to HALF Marathons in Washington!

For Race directory of Washington HALF Marathons, go to

If interested in taking on a 50 STATE CHALLENGE or a 100 HALF ANYWHERE CHALLENGE, please check out Fifty States HALF Marathon Club at