Mother and daughter Janet and Jessica Ouellet competed in the Run the Peninsula’s virtual 10K Railroad Run together in Seabeck. (Photo courtesy of Run the Peninsula)

Mother and daughter Janet and Jessica Ouellet competed in the Run the Peninsula’s virtual 10K Railroad Run together in Seabeck. (Photo courtesy of Run the Peninsula)

Run the Peninsula concludes unusual year

Competitors from 50 states ran virtually

PORT ANGELES — It was an unusual year for the Run the Peninsula series, with four of the series’ five races having to switch to virtual events due to the COVID-19.

One effect of running events this year going virtual? For the first time in the organization’s history, the Port Angeles Marathon Association had participants in its races from all 50 states.

The Port Angeles Marathon Association is a non-profit organization that has organized the North Olympic Discovery Marathon for the past 18 years and then added the Run the Peninsula Race Series in 2019. These races include the Elwha Bridge Run in February, the Railroad Bridge Run in April, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon in June, the Larry Scott Trail Run in October and a night glow run through the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Campus in December.

Due to COVID-19, only the February Elwha Bridge Run was conducted as a live, in-person event this year. All other events had to be switched to virtual races.

“Having to switch our events to all virtual events gave us the opportunity to focus our marketing efforts outside of the Olympic Peninsula. Participants from all over the nation have enjoyed being a part of the Run the Peninsula Race Series this year,” Race Director Victoria Jones said.

One participant, Ryan Gackenheimer from Sharon, Conn., was thankful, “for making this [event] virtual and available for folks across the country.”

“[I] was really grateful for the virtual option. In the COVID era it was great to be able to run a race. Thanks for this opportunity! I am looking forward to participating in the in-person event next year,” said Crystal Whittier from Bremerton.

PAMA continues to give to the community. In 2020, more than $15,000 was raised and donated with approximately $10,000 going to the Olympic Discovery Trail, the trail that all of the events take place on. Over the past five years, PAMA has donated more than $100,000 to North Olympic Peninsula community organizations.

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon and Run the Peninsula are made possible by the community support from volunteers. Title sponsors First Federal and Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette and race presenting sponsors Olympic Medical Center, Elwha Klallam Tribe, Jefferson Health Care and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

The Jamestown S’Klallam Race on Dec. 5 will be a virtual race now due to the increase in COVID-19 cases during the past few weeks.

People can still register for the 2020 Run the Peninsula Virtual Race Series. To register or learn more information you can visit runthepeninsula.com.

More in Sports

UCLA Bruins swipe Washington State Cougars

Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Three-day brant hunting season starts Saturday in Clallam County

Apply for Puget Sound Recreational Crab and Shrimp Advisory Council

In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer watches the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Seahawks fired Schottenheimer on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, following a season in which the team set several offensive records but coach Pete Carroll had clear issues with how the offense operated. (Paul Sancya/The Associated Press)
SEAHAWKS: Seattle fires offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

The Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer following a… Continue reading

OUTDOORS: Steelheaders plan boat rally against new rules in Forks

TRAILERED DRIFT BOATS are a common sight in Forks during the winter… Continue reading

Washington State center Efe Abogidi (0) blocks a shot by Arizona guard Jemarl Baker Jr. (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Pullman. (Dean Hare/The Associated Press)
CARMAN COLUMN: Cougs’ hoops teams on the ascent

A TEAM’S RISE can be just as satisfying as the ultimate destination.… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider walks on the field during warmups before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Seattle. The Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension with Schneider that will keep him tied to the franchise through the 2027 draft. (Elaine Thompson/The Associated Press)
SEAHAWKS: Seattle agrees to contract extension with GM

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension with… Continue reading

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood hold the trophy after their win against Ohio State in an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Alabama won 52-24. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: Seventh heaven — Alabama wins another title for Saban

Crimson Tide head coach has now won seven NCAA championships, six in Tuscaloosa

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
SEAHAWKS: K.J. Wright wants to remain with Seattle with new contract

K.J. Wright smiled. But he wasn’t laughing. The longest-tenured Seahawks player had… Continue reading

Most Read