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Winter Trail Series: Soaring Eagle

FROST EAGLE 5-Mile & Half Marathon
Saturday, February 8th, 9:30am Start   

Within Sammamish city limits, Soaring Eagle Regional Park offers runners a twisty course that will keep those looking for a more technical course on their toes and offers a nice introduction to the world of bumps and roots to new trail runners.  The course, which is mostly single track, but also a small section of wide trail, brings runners through a mature forest and sanctuary wetlands. 

Soaring Eagle 5-mile and Half Marathon is the seventh of seven events in the Winter Trail Series.

 
PRICING
EARLY / REGULAR  / DAY-OF-EVENT 
5-mile: $29 / $34 / $40
Half Marathon: $39 / $44 / $50
 
Early registration prices end Wednesday, January 15th at 11:59pm.
Regular pre-registration prices end Thursday, February 6th at 11:59pm.
Day-of-event registration is available. We can accept payment by cash or check payable to MerGeo or Northwest Trail Runs.
 
 
SCHEDULE
Day of run
8:30am   - Check in/event-day registration opens
9:15am   - Check in/event-day registration closes
9:20am   - Pre-run briefing
9:30am   - Start
1:00pm   - Course closes
 
 
COURSE
The routes have rolling hills that are mostly short or moderate in grade, and none of the courses are very hilly by trail running standards. Much of the course is on "technical singletrack," which means that the trail can be narrow, twisty, and filled with roots and bumps. A short section of the course is on the 'pipeline trail' which is mostly groomed gravel, but can turn muddy in places. Both courses form a "figure 8," and the aid station will be located at the intersection.
 
COURSE MAPS, including aid station location
 

Aid/Refreshments 

Both courses form a "figure 8," and the aid station will be located at the intersection of the '8.' See the course map for clarification.

The aid station will have at least water and some sort of carbohydrate-rich food, such as pieces of bagel, fruity candy, fig bars, cookies, and/or bananas. There will likely be a few choices of these foods, along with electrolyte-replacement drink.

 
 
DIRECTIONS
Here is a Google Map showing the location of the parking lot where registration and the start/finish will be located. Note that there are other entrances to the park as well!
 
Driving directions to Soaring Eagle Regional Park, Sammamish, WA

From Seattle - follow SR-520 East to Redmond or follow I-90 East to Issaquah, then follow directions from those cities.

From Redmond - go East on SR-202 (Redmond-Fall City Road NE).
If coming from SR-520, take the SR-202 exit and turn right.
Turn right onto 244th Ave NE (about 4.8 miles from E Lake Sammamish Parkway NE)
Travel south for 2.25 miles
Turn left onto E Main Dr.
Follow E Main Dr. to its end (about 1 mile)
Park either in the lot or along E Main Dr.
(244th Ave NE is now open all the way south. The bridge is finished!)

Alternate directions from Redmond - go East on SR-202 (Redmond-Fall City Road NE).
Turn right onto Sahalee Way NE (about 3 miles from the center of town or 2 miles from E Lake Sammamish Parkway NE).
Turn left onto SE 8th St (about 2 miles after Sahalee Way NE straightens and becomes 228th Ave NE).
SE 8th St will bend left and turn into 244th Ave SE (after about 0.8 miles).
Turn right onto E Main Dr (about 0.4 miles after bend).
Follow E Main Dr to its end (about 1 mile).
Park either in the lot or along E Main Dr.

From Issaquah - go North on E Lake Sammamish Parkway SE (exit 17 from I-90).
Turn Right onto SE 43rd Way (after about 2 miles from I-90).
SE 43rd Way bends right then left and becomes 228th Ave SE.
Turn right onto SE 8th St (about 2 miles after 43rd straightens into 228th).
SE 8th St will bend left and turn into 244th Ave SE (after about 0.8 miles).
Turn right onto E Main Dr (about 0.4 miles after bend).
Follow E Main Dr to its end (almost 1 mile).
Park either in the lot or along E Main Dr.
 
 
Safety and Trail Etiquette

The trails will be open to other users during the event, including pedestrians with pets, and mountain bikers. While mountain bikers should yield to pedestrians, keep your head up and ears alert so that you are not surprised by a mountain biker.

Participants are responsible for their own safety while participating, and the organizers are neither qualified nor equipped to render medical care in the event of a serious injury. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. You are encouraged to bring a cell phone with you as a safety precaution, if you wish.

Where the trails are narrow, 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.

 

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