2022 Pacific Coast Running Festival Pre-Race Instructions

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Pacific Coast Running Festival! We can’t wait to play in the sand with you all!

The Long Beach Peninsula is known for its continuous sand beach 28 miles along the Pacific Coast – The Longest Beach in the United States! You get to run and walk on and along this amazing coastline! The views are breathtaking and unmatched! 

There is a lot of important information in your PRE-RACE INSTRUCTIONS so please take a moment to read through the pre-race instructions below. 


Online registration is open online until one hour before the event, after then it will be available onsite at the event location. If you want to add events to your registration or you have friends and family that have not signed up yet, please use this link to register today. https://whyracingevents.com/pacific-coast-running-festiva

l/ Race day registration will be available at the event site.

Travel & Accommodations

We know some of you are still looking to book housing for the weekend’s events. Please visit: https://www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com/ to make your housing accommodations. There are still rooms available on the peninsula. 


Parking is available along Bolstad Beach Approach, gravel parking on-site, and throughout the City of Long Beach. 


Packet Pickup

Veterans Feild

111 3rd St SE

Long Beach, WA 98631

Friday, May 13th

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Veterans Field

111 3rd St SE, Long Beach, WA 

Saturday, May 14th 

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Veterans Field

111 3rd St SE, 

Long Beach, WA

Sunday, May 15th 

6:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Veterans Field

111 3rd St SE,

 Long Beach, WA


Event Course

We know you will fall in love with the majestic beauty of the Discovery Trail and the Long Beach Peninsula. Check out this short video of what is in store for you along your event course for each of the Pacific Ocean Running Festival events. https://youtu.be/eGRro8Q3R9I 

Click here for Event Course Maps. All events will start and finish at the Bolstad Beach Approach in Long Beach, Washington. 


Start Times

All events will start and finish at the Buoy on Bolstad Boulevard

Friday Kids Pedal-n-Dash 4:00 PM
Friday Sunset Sand 5K 6:00 PM
Saturday Tour de Pacific 12:00 PM
Sunday Half Marathon 7:00 AM
Sunday Kids Mile & ½ Mile 8:00 AM
Sunday 5K & 10K 8:30 AM


Award Winners

 We will host an award ceremony on race day after each event. Top 3 Overall Male & Female and Masters Male & Female (these will be taken out of age groups – no double-dipping!).  If you finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in your age group or division, you can pick up your Age Group medal besides the Awards Table stage.

Friday, May 13th
Sunset Sand 5K Awards 6:45 PM
Saturday, May 14th 
No awards for Tour de Pacific

Sunday, May 15th 

5K Awards 9:15 AM

10K Awards 9:45 AM

Half Marathon Awards 10:00 AM


Virtual Race Participants

Shipping Packets

Virtual Participants – Your swag will ship after the event. 

 For all of you racing with us from afar, you get to start your event this weekend!

  • Do the distance you signed up for whenever and wherever. That’s one of the perks of a virtual race. You can sleep in if you want! 
  • Do the event within Friday, May 13th – Sunday, May 20th; this gives you plenty of time to do multiple events and go for the BEAST medal!
  • Running events – No matter which race you signed up for, you’ll have many options!
    • Treadmill
    • Mapping out a course around your neighborhood
    • Use your smartwatch, GPS, or an app on your phone like RunKeeper or Strava. 
    • If you don’t have a device that will track your distance, you could always map the space by car or go to a track (4x around gets you 1 mile)


Things to Keep in Mind for Virtual Participants


Suppose you opt to go outdoors for running and/or biking. In that case, you must follow all traffic laws and pedestrian safety ordinances, including biking and/or running on a sidewalk or multi-use trail where available and not on the road. In addition, you must follow the rules of the road if no sidewalk or multi-use trail is available

Helpful Tips:

  • If you’re forced to be on the road, wear bright-colored clothing.
  • While running or walking, run against oncoming traffic and not with traffic. 



If you are doing the BEAST challenge, you can choose any 2 or 3 of the events to complete. Runners, you could do a 5K on Friday and the Half Marathon on Sunday for the Beast COIN. If you’re up for the ultimate Triple-headed Beast medal, you could do the 5K on Friday, Tour de Pacific on Saturday, and Half Marathon on Sunday. Earn the Beast Coin or, even better, the Why Racing Triple Beast Medal, special edition Jake the Alligator Man medal!



Virtual Athletes Uploading Your Results: If you would like to be listed in the official results, please upload your finish time(s) to the link below by Friday, May 20th. Please make sure that your wearable device is fully charged before starting your race. We will have event results, top finishers, and age group results posted by Monday, May 23rd. Please upload results (and proof of how you got your results via Strava, GPS, or watch).

Result Upload: https://whyracingevents.com/pacific-coast-running-festival/results-photos/

Live Event Results & Photos: You can view your results on our website here: https://whyracingevents.com/pacific-coast-running-festival/results-photos/

Photos will be available once they are uploaded. You can view them on our website: https://whyracingevents.com/pacific-coast-running-festival/results-photos/


Get your SWAG!

You will love the beach vibe our swag has! A special Thank you to Visiting Long Beach Peninsula and The City of Long Beach for your partnership and sponsorship of thePints and Drawstring Bags.

  • Event Pint Glass
  • Drawstring Bag 
  • Tech Running Shirt
  • 4” Finisher Medal

You will also receive the following swag from our amazing sponsors and partners: 

  • SportTea
  • WHY Bar
  • Franz Cookies
  • Northwest Personal Training 2 weeks of Group Classes and Training session
  • Vancouver Family Magazine
  • and so MUCH MORE!!!



Festivities include a DJ, FREE North Jetty Brewing & Crux Fermentation Project Beer, a cup of chowder provided by Chowder Stop, and a post-race snack provided by SIDS Market. Here’s a glimpse at your post-race meal:

  • Bagels and Cream Cheese 
  • Fruit 
  • PowerBar
  • Gatorade, Bang, and Water provided by Corwin
  • Snacks from SIDS Market
  • North Jetty Brewing & Crux Fermentation Project  #WILLRUNFORBEER #WILLWALKFORBEER #WILLBIKEFORBEER 


Partners & Sponsors 

There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together (not to mention helping us get through this global pandemic) without the support from our partners and sponsors. 

Huge thanks to our Partners and Sponsors

The best way to thank these companies is to do business with them and to thank them for the support they have given to the Pacific Coast Running Festival and all of YOU! 

Foot Traffic* PeaceHealth* IQ Credit Union* CIty of Long Beach* Visit Long Beach Peninsula* City of Ilwaco* SIDS Market* Chowder Stop * Corwin* Northwest Personal Training*Crux Fermentation Project* McCord’s Vancouver Toyota* Franz* North Jetty Brewing* Xterra Wetsuits* Mermaid Inn & RV Park * 


We still need a number of good volunteers. If you have family or friends coming to support you, ask them if they’d like to volunteer and get front-row seats to all the action. They can email Brock@whyracingevents.com if they are willing to help. Also, did you know that you could also race one day and volunteer on the other day and earn credits for future races? We love having athletes volunteer because you understand the needs of those racing and always take the role seriously. If you are racing on Sunday, it would be wonderful for you to come and help support the Kids Tri and Sunset 5K on Saturday, which will have many new and junior athletes racing. It would be a fabulous way to assist them and give them a great experience with our sport. If you volunteer or recruit a volunteer for us, you can earn a $20-$25 race credit towards a future race or a donation to a club/team/non-profit! Maybe some of our Tri Clubs would like to earn some $$ for a team party?! Remember, there’s no way we could put on this event without the help and support of our volunteer team, so please be extra nice to our course marshals, aid station helpers, body markers, and anyone helping out, including our Flaggers. Thank them as often as possible because we want them to all come back next year! 

We are extremely humbled by the support and inspired by our community on a daily basis! Keep up your hard work at staying healthy and fit! We see you and appreciate you! We know there are a lot of events you could sign up for, and we appreciate that you picked Why Racing Events. 

Thank you so much for your support!