Runners and walkers break from the starting line at the 2019 Elwha Bridge 5k/10k. The 2020 event is set for Saturday, Feb. 1. Submitted photo

Runners and walkers break from the starting line at the 2019 Elwha Bridge 5k/10k. The 2020 event is set for Saturday, Feb. 1. Submitted photo

Elwha Bridge 5k/10k set for Feb. 1

Back by popular demand, the Elwha Bridge Run 5k and 10k races set for Saturday, Feb. 1, kick off the 2020 Run the Peninsula series.

Both races start at 9:30 a.m. at the bridge, 288 Crown Z Water Road, Port Angeles, along the Olympic Discovery Trail.

After last year’s event sold out with 400 participants, organizers opened the capacity to 650 for this year and had sold out by last week.

However, those interested can still be added to the wait list for the onsite event, or participate with the event online.

The crowd of runners and walkers head east on the trail on out-and-back courses. Those driving in the area are advised that traffic on Lower Elwha Road and Kacee Way may be held for race participants.

Registration is open at runthepeninsula.com. Cost is $35 for the 5k, $40 for 10k through Feb. 1.

Proceeds from this event goes to several local organizations including the Peninsula Trails Coalition who build and maintain the trail.

Participants of the Elwha Bridge Run receive a reversible, running hat designed by local artist, Makayla DeScala, and the first in a series of five medals that fit together to create a panoramic view of the Olympic mountain range.

The series includes the Railroad Bridge 5k/10k on April 25 at Sequim’s Railroad Bridge Park, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon (which includes a 5k, 10k and half-marathon) on June 7 in Port Angeles, the Larry Scott Trail 5k/10k on Oct. 17 in Port Townsend on Oct. 17 and the Jamestown S’Klallam 5k/10k on Dec. 5 in Blyn.

Title sponsors include the Peninsula Daily News & Sequim Gazette, and presenting sponsor is the Elwha Klallam Tribe.

For more information, email to rtp@runthepeninsula.com.

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