Bainbrige Marathon Starts this year at Fort Ward


Steve Bennett
 

Heyyou Bainbridge Marathoners, Dueto changes in Park policy and a potential parking conflict with a group ofclassic auto buffs, we have decided  tomake  a last-minute change that willbenefit us all, at least for the day. The full marathon will start and end at Fort Ward Park (directionsfollow, direct from Google maps). The half-marathon will, as usual,  start at FayBainbridge Park two hours after the start of the full marathon, and proceedcounter-clockwise to a finish at Fort Ward. Shuttle arrangements will, as usual, take place after the start of thefull marathon.  We will be making everyeffort to minimize traffic at Fay Bainbridge and the parking may be limited atFort Ward, so we encourage carpooling. We will make every effort to start the race by 10, but will be as accommodatingas possible, should there be any confusion.  ·        No Discover Pass is required at either park.·        Slow paddlers may be allowed an early start.·        Bring hydration gear; it’s going to be a hot day.·        Got hats this year, thank Stoneway Concrete·        This will throw Tom’s analysis of the currents and mineinto  a cocked hat·        Start time has always been dependent upon arrival of thelast possible ferry and the speed of registration: I try to get it going ASAP,but that usually is closer to 10:00 than 9:30 Looking forward to the start,  Steve Directions to Fort Ward Park FromSeattle via the Bainbridge Is. Ferry  Take the Seattle - Bainbridge Islandferry to Bainbridge Island  49 min (8.6mi)Take Wyatt Way NE to W Blakely AveNE  11 min (3.7 mi)Continue straight onto Ferry Dock   0.2 miContinue onto Olympic Dr SE 423 ftTurn left onto Winslow Way E 0.1 miTurn right onto Ericksen Ave NE  0.3 miTurn left onto Wyatt Way NE 1.1 miWyatt Way NE turns slightly left and becomes Eagle Harbor DrNE  0.2 miSlight right onto Bucklin Hill Rd NE  0.3 miContinue straight onto Blakely Ave NE  1.4 miContinue on W Blakely Ave NE. Drive toPleasant Beach Dr NE  3 min (0.8 mi)Slight right onto W Blakely Ave NE  0.4 miSlight left onto Pleasant Beach Dr NE  0.4 miFort Ward Park  2241 Pleasant Beach Drive Northeast,Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 Directions toFort Ward Park from Edmonds via the Kingston Ferry Takethe WA-104 W ferry to Kingston  54 min(5.6 mi)TakeNE West Kingston Rd, Miller Bay Rd NE and WA-305 S to Sportsman Club Rd NE inBainbridge Island25min (14.1 mi)Continue straight onto WA-104 W 0.3 miTurn left onto Iowa Ave NE  180 ftIowa Ave NE turns slightly right andbecomes NE West Kingston Rd  2.2 miTurn left onto Miller Bay Rd NE  4.3 miContinue onto Augusta Ave NE  0.8 miAugusta Ave NE turns slightly right andbecomes Suquamish Way NE  1.6 miTurn left onto WA-305 S  4.9 miContinueon Sportsman Club Rd NE to Wyatt Way NW  4min (1.9 mi)Turn right onto Sportsman Club Rd NE   1.6 miTurn left onto Finch Rd NE  0.2 miContinueto W Blakely Ave NE   4 min (2.1 mi)Turn right onto Wyatt Way NW  0.1 miWyatt Way NW turns slightly left andbecomes Eagle Harbor Dr NE  0.2 miSlight right onto Bucklin Hill Rd NE  0.3 miContinue straight onto Blakely AveN.  1.4 miContinueon W Blakely Ave NE. Drive to Pleasant Beach Dr NE  3 min (0.8 mi)Slight right onto W Blakely Ave NE  0.4 miSlight left onto Pleasant Beach Dr NE  0.4 miFortWard Park  2241 Pleasant Beach DriveNortheast, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 Directions to Fort Ward Park from Tacoma  Get on WA-16 W  6 min (2.3 mi)Headwest on S 11th St toward Tacoma Ave S  0.9miTurnleft onto S Sprague Ave  1.0 miTakethe Washington 16 W ramp to Gig Harbor/Bremerton  0.4 miFollow WA-16 W and WA-3 Nto WA-305 S in Poulsbo. Take the Washington 305 exit from WA-3 N  44 min (44.5 mi)Mergeonto WA-16 W  26.5 miContinueonto WA-3 N  17.7 miTakethe Washington 305 exit toward Poulsbo/Bainbridge Island  0.3 miContinue on WA-305 S. TakeBlakely Ave NE to Pleasant Beach Dr NE in Bainbridge Island  29 min (15.9 mi)Usethe right 2 lanes to turn right onto WA-305 S  11.1 miTurnright onto Sportsman Club Rd NE  1.6 miTurnleft onto Finch Rd NE   0.2 miTurnright onto Wyatt Way NW  0.1 miWyattWay NW turns slightly left and becomes Eagle Harbor Dr NE  0.2 miSlightright onto Bucklin Hill Rd NE  0.3 miContinuestraight onto Blakely Ave NE  1.4 miSlightright onto W Blakely Ave NE  0.4 miSlightleft onto Pleasant Beach Dr NE  0.4 miFort Ward Park 2241Pleasant Beach Drive Northeast, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110