Group of people wait to run under blue blowup arch that says start

Swing the Gates 5K Fun Run and Scavenger Hunt

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Swing the Gates is back for a third year! This year will include the popular 10k Team Scavenger Hunt, classic 5k Fun Run, and a Kid's Race. Come hang out with an amazing community of nature lovers, runners, walkers, and their K-9 companions while exploring the beauty of Deception Pass State Park. This race is offered in partnership with Deception Pass State Park and Deception Pass Park Foundation.

Description

10K Team Scavenger Hunt

Challenge yourself and your friends to a unique race experience. Teams will set off along the trails to solve various challenges along the way which will help them uncover the racecourse as they go. Scavenger hunts are more fun with friends, so find three other people to join you at 9:00 AM on race day. Distances and elevation will vary based on your team’s ability to navigate the trails of Deception Pass State Park. Each member of the winning team will win gift certificates for Several area running stores. 

This is a difficult course run primarily along unpaved trails within the park. If your team is able to navigate the trails efficiently, we expect this year's course to be 6.2 miles and a 960' elevation.  Each clue station will have cutoff times. The final clue station will close at 1:00 PM to allow park staff to open closed areas to the public.  If you are still running at this time, we ask that you head to the finish line and check in. This is an unsupported 10K race. Plan to carry your own water and snacks. 

5K Fun Run

The 5K fun run will kick off at 10:00 AM, but we recommend coming early to cheer on the 10K team scavenger hunt participants as they complete their first challenge as soon as they cross the start line at 9:00 AM. The course will be run primarily on paved surfaces. Strollers, small children, and dogs are welcome! The race aid station is cup-less again, so be sure to bring your own water bottle or cup.

Kid's Race

The Kid's Race is open to all ages and starts at 9:30 AM. The course will be run primarily on paved surfaces and is about 0.5 miles. Strollers, small children, and dogs are welcome! 

 

Race Registration

https://runsignup.com/race/wa/oakharbor/swingthegates

Directions

48.399903, -122.663259

Location: West Beach, Deception Pass State Park

  • Drive through main Park entrance (41229 State Route 20).
  • Follow signs to West Beach parking lot.
  • Staff will be at the south end of the parking lot near the lake and bathrooms.

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