Bainbridge Island Marathon

Start: September 9, 2017 9:30 AM (long course), 11:30 AM (short course)
Level: 3
Distance: 26.2/12mi
Meeting: 9:15 AM (long course), 11:15 AM (short course)
Director: Kevin Olney
Phone: 360.220.0247

We will be conducting the Bainbridge Marathon from Fort Ward Park as we did last year, so as to have minimal impact on parking at Fay Bainbridge Park.

Race administration and safety meeting for both races will be conducted at Fort Ward.

The Marathon will start and finish at Fort Ward, with the start at approximately 10:00.

The Half-Marathon will start two hours later at Fay Bainbridge and head clockwise to finish at Fort Ward.
Approximately 5 vehicles can be expected to deposit approximately 8 small boats and racers, watch the start, and return to Fort Ward. We will arrange shuttles from Fort Ward to Fay Bainbridge shortly after the Full Marathon start.

We will as always leave no trace of our presence.

Please note that finding Fort Ward Park is not an easy task. I recommend you print the directions that follow. (Disclaimer: They are from Google Maps, and as yet untested this year.)


From North:

  • Take Edmonds Kingston Ferry to Kingston
  • Continue straight onto WA-104 W
  • Turn left onto Iowa Ave NE (180 ft)
  • Continue onto NE West Kingston Rd (2.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto Miller Bay Rd NE (4.3 mi)
  • Continue onto Augusta Ave NE (0.8 mi)
  • Continue onto Suquamish Way NE (1.6 mi)
  • Turn left onto WA-305 S (4.9 mi)
  • Turn right onto Sportsman Club Rd NE (1.6 mi)
  • Turn left onto Finch Rd NE (0.2 mi)
  • Turn right onto Wyatt Way NW (0.1 mi)
  • Continue onto Eagle Harbor Dr NE (0.2 mi)
  • Slight right onto Bucklin Hill Rd NE (0.3 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Blakely Ave NE (1.4 mi)
  • Slight right onto W Blakely Ave NE (0.4 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Pleasant Beach Dr NE

From South:

  • Take the Seattle – Bainbridge Island ferry to Bainbridge Island
  • Take Wyatt Way NE to W Blakely Ave NE (11 min (3.7 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Ferry Dock (0.2 mi)
  • Continue onto Olympic Dr SE (423 ft)
  • Turn left onto Winslow Way E (0.1 mi)
  • Turn right onto Ericksen Ave NE (0.3 mi)
  • Turn left onto Wyatt Way NE (1.1 mi)
  • Continue onto Eagle Harbor Dr NE (0.2 mi)
  • Slight right onto Bucklin Hill Rd NE (0.3 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Blakely Ave NE (1.4 mi)
  • Continue on W Blakely Ave NE. Drive to Pleasant Beach Dr NE (3 min/0.8 mi)
  • Slight right onto W Blakely Ave NE (0.4 mi)
  • Continue straight onto Pleasant Beach Dr NE (0.4 mi)

Race Registration

Pre-register online! Pre-registration helps out tremendously on race day, helps insure accurate information, saves you five dollars, and does NOT commit you to actually racing!


Race Course

Bainbridge Island forms a natural 26.2 mile Marathon with spectacular Puget Sound views over the entire course. To our knowledge, this is the longest single-day race for human powered boats on the west coast. The Bainbridge Marathon is a very challenging race, presenting a varying array of strong currents, high winds and shipping traffic. When rough weather combines with the long distance, it can and has whipped the best of athletes. Do not tackle this one if you lack the skills, conditioning, and experience to be confident of completion. However, if you’re ready, the weather is often glorious and the experience nearly always exhilarating. The half-marathon is the same, only shorter.


Participants acknowledge that advanced skills, conditioning and experience are essential to safe completion of the race and that they are prepared. In addition all participants must carry a PFD and a whistle on board per Washington State law; and be capable of self-righting their boat (this usually means carrying a paddle float for kayakers.). Participants are expected to go immediately to the aid of a racer who has capsized. (The race director will make his fairest allowance for lost time).

Course Record

Long course: Jeb Besser and Grant Dull, 3:09:01 in 2009 in a 2x.
Short course: Ole Kanestrom, 1:40:28 in 1993 in a 1X-RI.

Records in all classes (word doc).

Entry Fees

Boats of 1 or 2 competitors:

  • $10 per person for: members of Sound Rowers, Juniors (18 and under).
  • $20 per person for non-members, non-Juniors

Boats of 3+ competitors: $10 per person


Around five hours after the start of the marathon, (say 2:45) awards will be presented to 1st-3rd place finishers in each race class.


Dan Raymond and Stoneway Concrete


Fay Bainbridge State Park. Camp sites at the beach are first come, first served. Usually not a problem. There is an open grassy area above the beach if all the beach sites are taken. Web site: