Runners take on the Elwha Bridge 5K/10K in February 2023. The event returns this Saturday. (Run the Peninsula)

Runners take on the Elwha Bridge 5K/10K in February 2023. The event returns this Saturday. (Run the Peninsula)

RUN THE PENINSULA: Elwha Bridge Run returns Saturday

​PORT ANGELES — The fifth annual Run the Peninsula series begins Saturday with the Elwha Bridge 5K/10K west of Port Angeles.

The race takes place on the Olympic Discovery Trail, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. About 350 participants are expected to take part with the start and finish lines at the Elwha Bridge.

The race is put on by the Port Angeles marathon Association, the same group that manages the North Olympic Discovery Marathon in June between Blyn and Port Angeles. This event is made possible by title sponsors Peninsula Daily News and the Sequim Gazette and presenting sponsors Olympic Medical Center and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

Proceeds from the event go to several local organizations, including the Peninsula Trails Coalition, which builds and maintains the Olympic Discovery Trail.

There will be no parking onsite. All parking will be at the nearby Extreme Sports Park on West Edgewood Drive. Puget Sound Excursion buses will run participants to the drop-off area on the west side of the Elwha Bridge beginning at 7:45 a.m.

The Elwha Bridge Run 5K /10K event has the right of way and motorists should be prepared to stop at the intersection of Lower Elwha Road and Kacee Way from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

There is still space available and people can register at www.runthepeninsula.com.

People can also register onsite at 7:30 a.m. Saturday if there is still room available.

People can email rtp@runthepeninsula.com if they have questions.

This is the first of five Run the Peninsula races all over the Olympic Peninsula. On April 27 is the Sequim Railroad Run. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon is on June 1-2, the inaugural Spruce Railroad Run along the north shore of Lake Crescent is Oct. 19 and the Jamestown S’Klallam Glow Run in Blyn is Dec. 7.

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