OUTDOOR SPORTS: Elwha Bridge Run returns on Saturday

PORT ANGELES — The 2022 Run the Peninsula series returns Saturday with the first event of the year, the fourth annual Elwha Bridge Run.

The Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette are the title sponsors of the 5K/10K race, while attending sponsors Olympic Medical Center and Elwha Klallam Tribe are the attending sponsors. The race is organized by the Port Angeles Marathon Association, which also organizes the Railroad Bridge Run in Sequim on April 23, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon on June 4 and 5, the Larry Scott Trail Run in Port Townsend on October 15 and the Night Run from Jamestown S’Klallam to Blyn on 3 December.

About 350 runners are expected to participate in the 5k and 10k races along the Olympic Discovery Trail in Port Angeles beginning at 9:30 a.m. Competitors will run or walk east on the trail starting at the Elwha Bridge before the checkpoints. reversal separated by 5 km and 10 km, then return towards the finish line at the bridge.

The 5km bend is near where Stratton Road turns into Kacee Way, while the 10km bend is near William R. Fairchild International Airport.

Proceeds from the event are donated to several local organizations, including the Peninsula Trails Coalition, which builds and maintains the ODT.

There will be no parking on site. All parking will be at Extreme Sports Park at 2917 W. Edgewood Dr., Port Angeles. Black Ball buses will begin running at 7:30 a.m. to transport people to the start line. Entrants can also be dropped off on the west side of the Elwha Bridge at a designated ‘drop off area’.

The Elwha Bridge Run has a permit issued by Clallam County to control traffic at trail intersections with county roads, giving pedestrians the right of way for the run. The intersection of Lower Elwha Road and Kacee Way will be controlled by the Port Angeles Marathon Association and motorists are advised to be prepared to pull over at the intersection from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

There are still places available if anyone would like to participate. Interested persons can register at www.runthepeninsula.com. Registration will close at 6 p.m. Friday. People may be able to register on site if there is space.

People can email [email protected] with all questions.

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