Pacific Coast Running Festival

Long Beach Peninsula, WA

Pacific Coast Running Festival

Long Beach Peninsula, WA

Pacific Coast Running Festival

Long Beach Peninsula, WA

Pacific Coast Running Festival

Long Beach Peninsula, WA

About Pacific Coast



Welcome to the 5th Annual Pacific Coast Running Festival. This event has something for the whole family.  Events include our Kids 1/2 mile or 1 mile Dashes, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, NEW Sand Marathon and a 12.6 mile “Tour De Pacific” bicycle tour. Rally your friends & family for an incredible RACE-cation while you explore Long Beach Peninsula!

Long Beach Peninsula is the perfect location to slow down, unplug, and enjoy all the Washington coast has to offer. The Long Beach Peninsula and Pacific County have an abundance of ultra-fresh seafood, endless beach, northwest rain forests, and unique places to stay. Close to both Portland and Seattle, it’s an easy escape and the perfect place to create traditions that last a lifetime. It is the perfect family vacation destination. You don’t have to take our word for it — join us for this spectacular event and see for yourself.

Pacific Coast events begin early Saturday morning, with the competition and fun continuing into Sunday afternoon. The fun-filled weekend includes our Sand Marathon! Sign up now and be the first to cross the finish line and claim the title of the Sand Marathon Champion! Our New Sand Marathon joins our challenging event lineup including our 12.6 mile “Tour de Pacific” bicycle tour, Half-Marathon, 10k, 5k and awesome kids events – truly something for everyone! And that’s not all… Join us for our Expo Saturday and Sunday open to the community.

Join thousands of athletes who have enjoyed the Pacific Coast experience and take this opportunity for fun, camaraderie, and most of all – some of the best competitive racing you will find in the country. It’s an ideal, active, family vacation in beautiful, scenic Long Beach, Washington.

The event and accommodations often SELL OUT so it is advised you register and make your travel plans as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss out on this spectacular event!

Race Starts in:








Check out how much fun we have at our Events!

Date & Time



Packet Pickup / Registration 6 AM – 6 PM at Long Beach Arch

Sand Marathon – 7 AM at the Long Beach Arch

Tour de Pacific Bike – 12 PM at the Long Beach Arch

Sunset Sand 5k Run – 6:00 PM at the Long Beach Arch (All ages welcome!)

Sunset Sand 5k Award ceremony – 6:45 PM 

Expo & After Party till 8:00 PM


Half Marathon 7:00 AM at Long Beach Arch

Kids Dashes (1-mile & 1/2-mile)  8:00 AM at Long Beach Arch

5K & 10K Run/Walks 8:30 AM at Long Beach Arch

 Packet Pickup / Registration 6 AM – 11 AM at the Long Beach Arch

Pacific Coast will be one of the best running events of the season. Come join us for a weekend of excitement in beautiful, Long Beach, Washington. The competition will be fierce and this is an event not to be missed!

Location Details

Long Beach Peninsula, Washington

Important Pre-Race Instructions, Planning, Preparation & FAQ

This is a spectacular venue with 6 different events all starting at the Long Beach Arch. Carefully read the document above to assure you have a safe and enjoyable race experience. We want to answer all your questions!

Creating your ultimate RACE-CATION experience!

Top 5 Reasons for participating in Pacific Coast Running Festival:

  1. There is a race for the whole family including the leisure Tour de Pacific, all event courses parallel the Pacific Ocean, every turn has a view! You can choose from the Sand Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Sunset 5K, Tour de Pacific Bike and Kids ½ mile or 1 mile dashes. So that’s 7 DIFFERENT EVENTS ALL WEEKEND! And yes, we are bringing back the BEAST medal so if you do 2 or more events over the weekend, you’ll get some pretty cool bling! You’ll earn a special 3-headed Beast Medal for those of you who are extra Beastly and do an event every single day!
  2. Fun Health & Wellness Expo with vendors offering specials, samples and many local only finds.
  3. The Beach!!  You can’t beat hanging out at the beach after an amazing event!
  4. Nestled in the heart of Long Beach, within walking distance to our Start/ Finish line are lots of family activities including arcades, put-put golf, go carts, hiking, biking trails, kites….the activities are endless!
  5. This is the Northwest’s newest sporting race! Many athletes just like YOU ready to race, and celebrate at the beach for a fabulous weekend!

Race details for all 8 events

The Pacific Coast Weekend begins on Friday and the Celebration continues through Sunday. The weekend festival includes a Health & Wellness Expo, the Beer & Food garden, fun, camaraderie, and some of the best scenic racing you will find in the country.


Sunset 5K Sand Run & Walk:  The Sunset 5K Sand Run & Walk will take you along the shoreline for magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the amazing sunsets it showcases. This is a great event for your family and friends, kick off your weekend with a stroll in the sand, or see how fast you can complete your race earning your place on the podium for the Annual Pacific Coast Running Festival!

Sand Marathon:  Embrace all the grit and the wind our fine Pacific Ocean has in store for you.  You run starts on Bolstad at the beach’s edge and heads south to Beard’s Hollow where you make your turnaround to head north.  Now your other side of your face will receive that gentle breeze from the sea as the long leg begins all the way to Ocean Park.  With visions of clam chowder before your eyes (or was that more sand?), you head back south to the finish line.  There will be at least two aid stations along the way for you and, once finished, you can enjoy the finish line festivities, including the food, well deserved beverage and award ceremony.

Half-Marathon, 10k & 5K Run/Walks:  These courses begin and end at the iconic Long Beach Arch.  You will run along wide, paved, very scenic bike paths that will take you along the peninsula with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Once finished, participants can enjoy the finish line festivities, including the Health & Wellness Expo and award ceremony.

Tour de Pacific Bike: This non-competitive bike tour offers fantastic scenery allowing friends and family to ride parts of the Half Marathon course and see the Long Beach Peninsula as they travel to downtown Ilwaco to enjoy the Saturday Market and the Ilwaco Waterfront. It’s a great way for our athletes to preview parts of the course at an easy pace before race day. These rides offer a chance for the whole family to participate together in the same event. The roads used are very well-maintained with very little traffic. Make the Tour de Pacific event part of your family getaway and enhance your enjoyment of the Pacific Coast Running Festival. This is a non-timed, non-competitive, open course that uses much of the Discovery Trail as it’s course.  Road rules will need to be followed at all times.  This is a supported event with water, energy drink, fruit and energy bars at the water stations along the course and a post-event snacks once you finish.

Kids Races: We like to get the kids involved at a young age so they develop the habit of a healthy lifestyle and the love for sport and competition. Our 1 mile and 1/2 mile Dash for the kiddos and the goal of all of our kids’ races is to offer a fun, non-competitive, no pressure event for our future generation of athletes.

Packet Pickup Details


Bolstad W, Long Beach, Washington

TBD FRIDAY 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

TBD SATURDAY - 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

TBD SUNDAY - 6:00 AM - 8:30 AM

REMEMBER YOUR ID CARD - It's an insurance requirement! If you're picking up packages for other athletes, be sure you have a signed copy of the Authorization form and a copy of the athlete's ID.

Pacific Coast Master Schedule - COMING SOON

Packet Pickup, Registration and Expo Map:

Awards & Celebrations

Course Records


2024 – Braxtyn Muhonen – 19:40

2024 – Sydney Muhonen – 22:06


2021 – Zachary Fung – 40:35

2021 – Avery Garrison – 46:06

Sunset 5K Sand Run:

2021 – Zander Moha – 19:15

2024 – Sydney Muhonen – 22:43

Sand Marathon:

2024 -Isaac Lopez – 3:34:01

2024 – Kelsy Hartmann -4:43:12

Half Marathon:

2024– Dawson Andrews – 1:12:30

2022 – Sara Russell – 1:33:37

We think you’re all winners just for showing up! But to reward those speedsters, we will be awarding Top 3 Male & Female and Top Masters athletes in each race (we remove overall champions from Age Groups & Divisions so no double-dipping and more people go home with some hardware!).

Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age group and division.
Individual: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90 & over.

Clydesdale’s (men 220 lbs & over)

Athena’s (women 165 lbs & over)

Award Criteria:

If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards, you must choose one or the other.


Are you one of those people?! You know, someone who is always looking to do the incredibly insane, seemingly impossible task. Well, if so and if you are plan to double your racing at Pacific Coast, you will earn a special BEAST Medal with a special 2-headed JAKE MEDAL for those of you special BEASTS who compete each day. So for example, you could do the Sunset 5K Sand Run OR the Tour de Pacific on Saturday AND the 5k on Sunday (or any combination of available races). Beast medals will be distributed during the award ceremonies Sunday. You crazy animals!

If you can’t make it for the Awards Ceremony, pick up your special Age Group Medal or Beast Medal at the Awards Table adjacent to the Stage in the Food/Beer tent area.


The Long Beach Merchants Association Kids Program

The Long Beach Merchants Association Kids Programs supports their kids meal and backpack program. Many families struggle to eat healthy meals and snacks every day. Food4kids Backpacks works to help low income families bridge the time between nutritious meals provided at school. Each Friday afternoon elementary school children receive a backpack of healthy food and snacks. On Monday the child returns the empty backpack to their school nurse or the office to be restocked with food for the following Friday. For more information on how your donations benefit this community, please reach out to us for additional information.  

The Pacific Coast Running Festival is proud to support High School sports programs and other non-profit organizations through this event and all the races and fundraisers on the Why Racing Events calendar each year. Some of the High School sports programs rely solely on the donations made via these events. Contributions over the years from these NW races and fundraisers have exceeded $3 million. We are very thankful to the athletes, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers who contribute to the success of our events, allowing us to offer this support!

If you are competing for a special foundation or group and are interested in having it featured on the website, please contact:


Travel & Accommodations

AIR TRAVEL – The Portland International Airport (PDX) is roughly a 2 hour drive from Long Beach, WA.

ACCOMMODATIONS – Make a vacation out of your Pacific Coast Weekend participation! Come to Long Beach for the competition and stay to enjoy all that Long Beach Peninsula and beautiful Washington has to offer!

Choose from nearly 2000 homes, condominiums, cabins, camping & RV sites in the area. Bring friends and family. Soak in a hot tub. Get a massage. Tell stories, play and laugh together. Enjoy memorable meals, outdoor adventures and the scenic vistas of the Pacific Coast.


Slow down, unplug, and enjoy all the Washington coast has to offer. The Long Beach Peninsula and Pacific County have an abundance of ultra-fresh seafood, endless beach, northwest rain forests, and unique places to stay. Close to both Portland and Seattle, it’s an easy escape and the perfect place to create traditions that last a lifetime.

Enjoy your stay at the Breakers – our hotel sponsor for Pac Coast


Make Yourself At Home

Miles of beaches, dunes, and ocean views make up Washington’s famous Long Beach. Guests staying with us enjoy oceanfront access on over 24 acres of pristine coastline.

Nearby, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a walk along the Discovery Trail, try a hand at clamming or one of our other seasonal activities in the area, or simply enjoying one of the resort’s many activities.

Call Toll free 1-800-219-9833 to make room reservations and mention you are with our event.  Check out their website here


There are many places to camp on the Peninsula. Check out their website for more details.

Training & Preparation
Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit – an important part of getting to the finish line!
Sponsors & Exhibitors

Our athletes – triathletes, duathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists – are active, educated, middle to high income earners who are committed to their fitness while also supporting our community.

This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to volunteer that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!

Event Partners

We’re honored to partner with these great companies to provide you the absolute best race experience. We couldn’t do it without them so please show them the LOVE and support them as a thank you for all they do for our community.




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WHY Racing Events Inc.
210 E. 4th St, Suite B
La Center, WA 98629

Phone: (360) 314-4682