This Event Took Place Sat. Jan 26, 2013


Beautiful, soft, and well-maintained singletrack trails through old growth forest with waterfalls, lakes, cascading creeks, and views of the Puget Sound, the surrounding islands, and on clear days the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, including Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St Helens!

It's easy to see why the Orcas Island 25k (and its sister race, the Orcas Island 50k) is quite unique in the trail running world. The course alone makes this race special - old-growth forests, tough climbs, and spectacular views of surrounding islands, mountains, and Puget Sound - but what truly sets it apart is the sense of community, and the weekend-long celebration at Moran State Park. With live music, great post-race food and beer, and a chance to hang out all weekend on a gorgeous island with tough trails and great friends, these are the races that set Rainshadow apart from the rest, and will leave you wondering: Why run anywhere else?


With 4,450 feet of elevation gain, this course will make you work. We'll have two aid stations to help you through, though (mile 5.6, at North Arch, and 10.7, at the summit of Mt Constitution), and far more spectacular views.

Cut-offs will be strictly enforced at three places along the course: North Arch at 11 am; Mt Constitution summit at 1:30 pm; and at the Finish at 3 pm. If a runner does not make it IN and OUT of the aid station(s) by these cut-off times, they may be removed from the race for their safety, the safety of our volunteers, and to keep the race on schedule for our permits and plans.

Please visit our Orcas 25k race-page for course maps, course description and elevation profiles. Please study these and print them out and bring them with you if you'll need them come race-day. As with all of our races, the course will be well-marked, but ultimately it's each runner's responsibility to know the course.


Like it was in 2015, the 2016 Orcas Island 50k (and 25k) will be lottery races, ONLY because we don't want to crash UltraSignup the first day of registration, and we want everyone to have a chance to register.

Last year 99.9% of folks who signed up for the lottery got into the race of their choosing, and the lottery just ensured no one had to be stressed about missing the opening date/opening hour and being out of luck when the race sold-out.

You can also bypass the lottery altogether by singing up to volunteer over race-weekend, or bringing someone to volunteer on your behalf while you're running. To bypass the lottery, you need to be CONFIRMED in a volunteer role via our volunteer coordinators, which you can do by emailing

Once you're confirmed in a volunteer role for the weekend, we'll take care of ensuring you get into the 25k race. Easy as pie!

*Volunteer positions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there are a limited number of volunteer spots that will allow lottery bypass. Once they're full, they're full, though we will create a volunteer wait-list, as needed.*


Can be found on our website - - and via our specific Orcas 25k race-page therein. All prices include applicable sales tax based on location (8.1% for Eastsound, WA).

Still have questions? Before emailing us, please check out the FAQ, RACE POLICIES, and VOLUNTEER pages on our website for details about transfers, refunds, volunteering, race dates, registration opening dates, how to join our mailing list, and other helpful mailing info:

Otherwise, to contact us, please email us at for volunteer opportunities, or for general inquiries.

*We don't do wait-lists for any Rainshadow events, and all entries are non-refundable and non-transferable to other runners.*

*50% transfer credit (less applicable taxes and UltraSignup fees) will be available for anyone who emails us [] at least 30 days prior to race-weekend.*

*No refunds or transfers of any race add-ons, INCLUDING BUNKHOUSE LODGING AND/OR T-SHIRTS. Please see all race-specific policies on the Orcas 25k page of the Rainshadow website, and all Rainshadow Race Policies at*

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