Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Marathon – Race Report

02/15/2015 – Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Marathon – Fort Ebey State Park, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA
From the Gun Battery, the trail loops twice gently along the rims of Fort Ebey State Park’s forested kettle depressions rolling through the multi-use Kettles Trails and teetering on the sheer bluffs overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains acquiring 5500 feet of vert over the 26 miles of trails.

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Training at Fort Ebey State Park

Fort Ebey State Park is a WWII fort sited commandingly along the bluffs of western central Whidbey Island. A short ferry ride or a round the horn drive, both taking about the same amount of time brings you to the edge of the Salish Sea and Puget Sound allowing vast views of the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The run followed the 10k and half marathon route of the upcoming 02/16/2014 Northwest Trail Run Fort Ebey Kettle Run. 4 hours and 49 minutes, 20 miles and 4,075 vertical feet later, both TV (they ran 10k) and I were more than content to hike up yet another bluff to sit (me), pee on every single bush in sight (TV, not me) and take in the beauty of a setting sun behind the Olympic Mountain Range.
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