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Moran Constitutional Relay
September 23, 2023
The Moran Constitutional Relay is a challenging 70-mile course with 12 legs for teams of two to six runners on the breathtakingly beautiful trails of Moran State Park on Orcas Island. The park, situated in the San Juan Islands a little over three hours from Seattle, is world renowned for its scenic beauty. The relay legs tour a variety of beautiful terrains: Towering lowland forests, moss-covered rocky balds, contoured lakeshores, streams, and verdant wetlands, and the top of 2399-foot Mount Constitutions with sweeping vistas of neighboring straits, islands, and mountains beyond them. Along the route, you’ll run by the iconic park buildings, made with superb craftsmanship from rugged natural materials by the Civilian Conservation Corps 8 decades ago.
The legs were designed to provide variety, with varying lengths and profiles. Some legs have substantial climb, others are mostly downhill, and others are flatter or have ups and downs equally. Distances range from three to nine miles. Team members are free to divide the legs among runners in whatever way they would like, as long as each member completes 2 legs. A runner can even do consecutive legs, if they choose.
The relay will be in 2 stages, with the first 8 legs run on Saturday, and the last 4 on Sunday. The Environmental Learning Center hall will be the gathering place for the included meals, a pre-race orientation Friday night, and a raffle Saturday night. All runners will receive an event t-shirt, and teams that complete the entire course earn finisher medals.