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3/2 - Spring Run for Fun @ Redmond Watershed

Spring Run for Fun @ Redmond Watershed
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 9:30am Start

Redmond Watershed Preserve features a flat-to-moderate-grade course with very few steep climbs.  The entire course is lined with Douglas firs and lush ferns and layered with moss--a true Pacific Northwest forest.  The trail is primarily a wide dirt or gravel path, and is great for beginners and a fun cruise for veteran trail runners.  This is a fast course as far as trail running is concerned!


See the registration on Webscorer
Webscorer - race registration,
race timing, race results


There are four course options for this event:

  • 5-miles (8km)
  • 10-miles (16.1km)
  • Half-Marathon (21.1 km, 13.1 miles)
  • Marathon (42.2 km, 26.2 miles)

Distances were measured using a measuring wheel

All courses start and finish adjacent to the South (main) parking lot off Novelty Hill Road. All have low to moderate climb and mostly relatively wide, smooth trails, with few steep parts.

This is one of two runs at this venue.  The second is the Summer Blast @ Redmond Watershed.

See the tabbed menu below for more information.

2013 Results

2012 Results, and photos from Louise Lakier Photography.

5-Mile: $29 / $32 / $35 / $40
10-Mile: $34 / $37 / $40 / $45
Half Marathon: $38 / $41 / $44 / $50
Marathon: $43 / $45 / $53 / $60
Super early registration prices end Saturday, November 30th at 11:59pm.
Early registration prices end Tuesday, February 4th at 11:59pm.
Regular pre-registration prices end Friday, February 28th at 11:59pm.
Day-of-event registration is available. We can accept payment by cash or check payable to MerGeo or Northwest Trail Runs.


Parking: Please see the Directions tab for information on the offsite parking and shuttle bus.

No Pets: Pets are not allowed in Redmond Watershed Preserve.

Horses: You may encounter horseback riders at Redmond Watershed Preserve.  They have the right-of-way, so if you encounter a horse then please stop running, step to the side to let them go by, and talk to the rider in a friendly voice.

Course Information

The 5-mile course is a lollipop loop, with runners leaving the start and returning to the finish via the same trail.

The 10-mile course is two times around the 5-mile course.

The Half-Marathon course is two identical laps, which generally follow the 5-mile course route but have two added out-and-back sections. Half-Marathon runners will pass by the aid station at the start/finish halfway through, and there will be an additional aid station passed twice at 3.54 miles into the 6.55-mile loop, for a total of three well-spaced aid stations for Half-Marathon runners.

The Marathon course is four identical laps, on the same loop as the Half-Marathon runners. Marathoners will pass by the aid station at the start/finish three times, and there will be an additional aid station 3.54 miles into the 6.55-mile Marathon course loop, for a total of seven well-spaced aid stations. 

Aid Stations

There will be an aid station at the start/finish point, so 5-mile runners should plan to be self-sufficient during their run. The 10-mile course returns to the aid station once, and the Marathon course three times. There is an additional Marathon (and Half) course aid station at 3.54 miles into each of the four Marathon course loops.

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

Safety and Trail Etiquette

The trails will be open to other users during the event, including pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians (horseback riders). Please be courteous. Horses have the right of way, and if you encounter a horse in your path, stop running and talk to the rider; you will probably need to step to the side of the trail to let the horse past, but sometimes the rider will tell you it is okay to walk past. The amount of trail traffic will depend on the weather.

Most of the trails are fairly easily runnable, but there are roots, bumps and other uneven spots in a few places, and it's important to pay attention to where you put your feet in such sections. There are a few bridges that may be wet and slippery.

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.


Two days before run
11:59 p.m.    Pre-registration closes

Day of run
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.   Bib Number Pick-up and Event-day Registration
8:20 a.m.    Early starters' pre-run briefing
8:30 a.m.    Early start for Marathon runners who want more time to complete the course
9:20 a.m.    Pre-run briefing
9:30 a.m.    Start
4:30 p.m.    Course closes


Photo of the 5 mile loop for Redmond Watershed trail run produced by Northwest Trail Runs

Map of the Marathon and Half-Marathon loop for Redmond Watershed trail run produced by Northwest Trail Runs

Offsite Parking and Shuttle

Due to the number of runners participating and the small size of the lot in the park, parking for this run will be offsite, and there will be a shuttle bus to take you to the start and back to your car after you finish.  The lot is about one mile from the start, just East of Redmond Ridge Dr. NE, on the North side of NE Marketplace Dr.  Here is a map of parking and the start, and here is a map that you can use to get driving directions to the parking area.  Even with the offsite lot, there is limited parking.  We encourage carpooling, and carpools of three or more people are welcome to park in the paved lot in the park while there is room.  There is also some street parking along NE Marketplace Drive, to the West of Redmond Ridge Dr. NE.

From Seattle or Bellevue, follow SR-520 East to the end of the freeway in Redmond.
Continue straight, as SR-520 becomes Avondale Road NE.
After a little less than one mile, make a gentle right turn onto NE Novelty Hill Rd.
Go 2.9 miles, then turn right onto Redmond Ridge Drive NE.

Take the next left onto NE Marketplace Drive, then turn left into the parking lot and park.
Board the shuttle bus for the 5-minute ride to the check-in, start, and finish area.

Parking at the start is very limited and will likely be full, so please allow time to use the offsite parking and shuttle bus, and carpool if possible.  The gravel lot near the start is reserved for equestrians and other park users.

Redmond Watershed Preserve has no weekend bus service very nearby. However, it is possible to combine bus travel to Redmond with biking (or running) a few miles to the preserve. Those interested in exploring transit options can check Metro's Trip Planner.

To search for a map on the web, enter the address:
21798 NE Novelty Hill Rd, Redmond, WA 98053
That is the entrance.

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