Race Information

2018 Results

All participants in the 5k, 10k, Half and Relay receive the same finisher’s medal and 1/4 zip long-sleeve shirt.

 Prepare yourself for a running event like no other.  Romance. Kitsch. Sweat. My Better Half Marathon is a celebration of running, romance and rom-coms.  There are 4 categories: Bromance (two guy friends), Besties (two girl friends), Lovers (romantically involved) and Lonely Hearts (self-explanatory).


A Half Marathon, 10k and 5k running event!  Available in Individual, Couple, and Relay Flavors.


 February 11th, 2018 at 8:00am


Seward Park, Seattle, WA.

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Costumes are most certainly welcome.


The Shirt

The Bib

The Medal

Couples, Friends, & Lovers

I’m Single!

Share the Distance

Expect a tunnel of love on course, of course.


Do I have to be part of a couple to participate?

No, you don’t.  We have four categories: Bromance (two guy friends running together), Besties (two girl friends running together), Lovers (self explanatory) and Lonely Hearts Club.  You would register for the last category.  Sad that you’re single? Maybe you’ll meet someone at the race!

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Do the 5k and 10k runners receive a medal and the running top?

You betchum red rider.  All participants (5k, 10k, half marathon, relay) will receive a finisher’s medal and the quarter zip participant shirt. Everybody!

What kind of food will you have at the aid station?

We will have Clif Shot Gels, electrolyte drink, water, and as much candy as you can imagine.


Clif Bar is the official nutrition sponsor of My Better Half Marathon!

How does the relay option work?

Well, the course is three loops.  Relays are limited to two people and two people only and are only for the half marathon option.  The members of the relay can divide up the loops between the two of them however they want.  You’ll each get a timing chip and a bib, so you don’t need to worry about handing them off during the race.  We will, however, have a love talisman like object for you to use like a running baton to hand off.

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How does timing work for the couples, relays and individuals?

If you’re an individual, you get your time, just like at any other race.  For a relay, you receive one time, for the relay.  For couples, each individual gets their own time.  We’re not doing anything wacky with times…yet.

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Can I bring my stroller/baby/dog/pet snake?

The course is not a super wide path.  We want to keep things spacious for all you runners, so please no strollers or dogs.

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What is your refund policy? Can I transfer my entry to someone else?

In the event that you are unable to participate in one of our races, you have three options:
1. Transfer your entry to another runner.
2. Defer your entry to the same race in the following year.
3. Transfer your entry to another Orca Running event in the same year. 
Since the vast majority of race costs are incurred prior to a race and are non-refundable, we do not issue refunds for races. Please visit the Orca Running website for full information and instructions on our refund policy.

What does this race benefit?

We will be donating a small portion of every entry fee to Habitat for Humanity of King County…because it’s hard to be in love with someone when you don’t have a place to call home!

Can I see a map of the course?

Yes, you may.  The course is pretty simple and is a loop around Seward Park.  5k participants will just do Loop A and be done. 10k participants will do Loop A and then Loop B and be done.  Half marathon participants will do Loop A once, then Loop C twice.

Loop A map

Loop B map

Loop C map

How is the sizing for the race shirt?

The 2018 shirt will be revealed in the fall, so stay tuned!

Where is a good place for my family to see me out on the course?

The best place for your family to catch a glimpse of you is just north of the Clay Studio.  If they walk a couple of hundred feet north on the trail (with the water to their left) they’re guaranteed to find a spot to cheer you to the finish!



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