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Swing the Gates is back for its second annual race! By popular demand, we’re bringing back the 10K Team Scavenger Hunt along with the classic 5K Fun Run. Come hang out with an amazing community of nature lovers, runners, walkers, and their K-9 companions while exploring the beauty of Deception Pass State Park.
Challenge yourself and your friends to a unique race experience. Teams will set off along the trails to solve various challenges along the way which will help them uncover the racecourse as they go. Scavenger hunts are more fun with friends, so find three other people to join you at 9:00 AM on race day. Distances and elevation will vary based on your team’s ability to navigate the trails of Deception Pass. Each member of the winning team will win a mystery prize to be revealed soon.
This is a difficult course run primarily along unpaved trails within the park. Depending on the route your team chooses, your race could include 1800’ of elevation. Each clue station will have cutoff times. The final clue station will close at 1:00 PM and you must head to the finish line immediately after this time. This is an unsupported 10K race. Plan to carry your own water and snacks.
This year, we will have one 5K fun run with chip timing for all participants. The first heat will kick off at 9:30 AM, but we recommend coming early to cheer on the 10K team scavenger hunt participants as they complete their first challenge as soon as they cross the start line at 9:00 AM.
The course will be run primarily on paved surfaces. Strollers, small children, and dogs are welcome! The race aid station is cupless again, so be sure to bring your own water bottle or cup.
10K Team Scavenger Hunt
$100. No matter the day, or number of people on your team, the 10K Scavenger Hunt is the same price. The first participant will pay the initial fee and then all other teammates are free. Be sure to share your team’s name and password with your teammates so they join the correct team and aren’t paying another fee.
5K Fun Run
**Early Bird Sale (January 1 - 14)**
Youth (5-17 years): $20 (children 4 and under run free, but do not receive a a finisher award)
Standard Pricing (January 15 - March 5)
Youth (5-17 years): $25 (children 4 and under run free, but do not receive a finisher award)
Late Registration (March 6 - March 24)
Youth (5-17 years): $30 (children 4 and under run free, but do not receive a finisher award)
Groups of 10 or more registering for the 5K Fun Run receive 10% off each ticket no matter when they register. All participants must register together under one order.
A Discover Pass is required to park in the lot for the race and can be purchased online at www. discoverpass.wa.gov or at the entrance booth on the day of the event.
Friday, March 24
4:00 – 7:00 PM: Early packet pickup at the Park’s admin office (41020 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277)
Saturday, March 25
7:30 - 9:15 AM: Packet pickup
9:00 AM: 10K Team Scavenger Hun starts
9:30 AM: 5K Fun Run starts
1:00 PM: Last 10K clue station closes and all 10K runners must return to the finish line
All finishers (ages 5 and up) will receive a mystery award for finishing. The top three finishers of each race category in 5K Fun Run and the first place team in the 10K Scavenger Hunt will also win a special prize!
A long sleeve Swing the Gates race tech shirt is available for an additional fee of $35. Race shirt sign ups end March 6, 2022. There will be a limited number of sizes available for purchase at the event for $35.
Volunteers are critical to make this race successful. We need people managing different 10K clues, aiding the check-in process, manning our water station, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please email email@example.com to get more information.
Cancellation and Transfer Policies:
Refunds for ticket and merchandise prices will be given until 11:59 PM on March 5, 2023. Registration processing fees are non-refundable. The race will be held rain or shine. However, if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather or other factors, we will issue full refunds.
Donations are not eligible for refunds.
You may transfer your ticket to another person until March 23, 2023, without any additional fees. The person transferring will receive a refund for the price of their ticket and the new registrant will have to pay for this ticket to confirm the transfer. Transfers can only be for the same event the original participant registered for (ie if you are registered for the 5K Fun Run and transfer your ticket to another person, they can only register for the 5K Fun Run). Transfers will not refund the cost of any merchandise or processing fees. For safety reasons, substitutions are not allowed for any races after March 23, 2023 including the 10K team scavenger hunt.
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM on Friday, March 24, 2023. There are no registrations on the day of the event for safety reasons.
A Discover Pass is required to park a vehicle in the park for the race.
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