Dash Point State Park 10K and Half-Marathon Trail Run

 

March 28, 2015 in Federal Way, Washington

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Online pre-registration closes 3/26 at 11:59pm

 


Dash Point State Park is a 398-acre camping park in the Pacific Northwest with 3,300 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. The beach provides unobstructed views of the Sound and lots of opportunities to observe wildlife such as coyotes, foxes, ducks, eagles, and of course, plenty of marine animals too. The upper trails of the park have beautiful views of Maury and Vashon Islands, the Olympic Mountains, and spectacular sunsets.

 

The Start/Finish area has many stations for picnic and BBQ, and it is right by a nice long stretch of sandy beach. This is a great location to bring out the whole family for a fun day by the water. The trails at this park are non-technical, cushy and well maintained, and it's an excellent place to use your minimalist shoes if you so desire. We took some photos of the beach, the picnic area, and the trails, which you can find here.

 

We offer 10K and Half-Marathon (13.1 mile) distances. There will be plenty of aid stations and the courses are well marked with signs at intersections. As always, there will be a good selection of grub at the Finish to fuel you up.

 

Because Dash Point is a WA State Park, a Discover Pass is needed. Please see the "Directions" tab below for more information.

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10K - $32

Half Marathon - $41

 

* Add $5 after 3/15 11:59pm, add $10 day-of if event has not sold out.

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Directions

The park's address is 5700 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, Washington 98422.

 

From I-5, Exit at the 320th St. exit (exit #143). Take 320th St. west approximately four miles. When 320th St. ends at a T-intersection, make a right onto 47th St. When 47th St. ends at a T-intersection, turn left onto Hwy. 509/ Dash Point Rd. Drive about two miles to the park. (West side of street is the campground side, and east side is the day-use area, which is where the event starts/finishes.)

 

Discover Pass

Because this is a state park, a Washington Discover Pass is required for parking inside the park. A day pass can be purchased onsite for $10 with with either cash or check (exact change only). An annual pass is $35 and can be purchased in person at a licensed vendor such as Big 5 or Fred Meyer (list here) or online on the WA state parks website. The pass gives users access to all 100 developed state parks, 350 primitive recreation sites, state water access points, natural areas and wildlife areas.

 

Schedule

Day of run registration and check in: 8:00 am - start

Pre-run briefing and raffle: 15 minutes prior to start 

Half-Marathon start: 9:15 am

10K start: 9:30 am

Course closure 1:30 pm

Course Map

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10k Course

The 10K course is one large lollipop loop (red on map) that meanders through Dash Point State Park counter-clockwise. Elevation gain is approximately 650 feet for the loop.

 

Dash Point State Park is a 398-acre camping park with 3,301 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. The beach provides unobstructed views of the Sound and excellent opportunities for sea-life study. The park features a beach, a variety of water activities, and great views of Puget Sound.

 

The course traverses singletrack running trails. The trails go under the protection of huge maples that tower over an assortment of Western Washington foliage - alder, hemlock, salmonberry, and huckleberry. The running surface is soft and smooth, a great place to wear minimalist shoes if you so desire.

 

Half Marathon Course

The Half Marathoners run the 10k loop (red on map) plus the blue loop twice through Dash Point State Park in a counter-clockwise direction (total 1300 feet elevaton gain).  

 

Dash Point State Park is a 398-acre camping park with 3,301 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. The beach provides unobstructed views of the Sound and excellent opportunities for sea-life study. The park features a beach, a variety of water activities and great views of Puget Sound.

 

The course traverses singletrack running trails. The trails go under the protection of huge maples that tower over an assortment of Western Washington foliage - alder, hemlock, salmonberry, and huckleberry. The running surface is soft and smooth, a great place to wear minimalist shoes if you so desire.

 

 

General

Read about how we keep the races green here.

 

We are dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors, and we encourage you to "leave no trace behind" by taking all trash with you. The park rangers always appreciate it when racers follow the marked course and keep the trails clean, and they are much more likely to grant permission for us to put on races at the same location if the trails are kept in good condition.

 

The trails will be open to other users during the event such as hikers and mountain bikers. Please be courteous, you will unlikely encounter more than a few. Please let other participants pass you if they want to get by. It is a passing runner's job to tell the person in front that they wish to pass.

 

For refunds/cancellations please see our policy.

Results/Pictures

Photos and results from trail runs previously held can be found on the photos page and results page respectively.

Also check out photos from a course scouting trip end of July, 2011 for views of the sandy beach, the picnic areas, and trails.


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