Race Details

June 6th, 2020

Start Times

Half Marathon

(13.5miles*/4,000ft. vert)
Start time: 7am

Full Marathon

(27miles*/8,000ft. vert)
Start time: 6:30am

All racers will run the same gigantic, crazy loop. Half Marathon runners will run it once, Full Marathon runners will run it twice.

The course will be marked with ribbons, signage and other visible markers. We'll have course marshals at crucial intersections. This is a crazy course on confusing trails. Please consult the map for exact details for the course (will update when we have the final course all done!)

This race is hard. The trails are tricky, the course is challenging, the hills are brutal. And you will love it.

We will have a two full aid stations. One at the start/finish line and the other at about the halfway point on Kaiser Rd.

You must check in, and have your bib number recorded at the aid station on Kaiser Rd. failure to do so will result in a DNF.

Preview the course with us

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Pre-Race Package Pickup

We'll have a pre-race day package pickup on Friday, June 5th from 5pm - 7pm at REI Olympia.

Race Day Package Pickup

Race packets can be picked up on race day starting at 5:00am at the race headquarters at Hope Community Church.


There is a good sized parking lot at the start/finish line at Hope Community Church. Please carpool if you can to the start line.


Wild Kaiser is a cupless race. Bring a collapsible cup for fluids at the aid stations. In our effort to reduce waste we will have very few trash cans at the event. We aim to recycle and compost most of our waste. Please be mindful of our environment.


Wild Kaiser will take place on June 6th, so it could be warm or not, this is the Pacific Northwest after all. You're running almost entirely in the forest, so it won't be insanely hot.

Post Race Party

Olympia is an awesome place to explore, stay awhile and come to our after party in downtown Olympia.

Directions to Wild Kaiser

2425 Black Lake Blvd SW Tumwater, WA 98512

From Olympia
  • From downtown head to Westside.
  • On Harrison Ave take a left onto Black Lake Blvd. toward the mall.
  • Drive on Black Lake Blvd. underneath the 101 freeway bridge and past Ken Lake.
  • After a mile take a right into the parking lot of Hope Community Church.
From Seattle or Portland
  • Take I-5 to Olympia.
  • From I-5 take Exit 104 in Olympia and merge onto US-101 North.
  • Take the exit toward Black Lake Blvd. on the Westside of Olympia, by the mall.
  • Take a left toward Black Lake Blvd.
  • After a mile take a right into the parking lot of Hope Community Church.
From Grays Harbor County
  • Head toward Olympia on Hwy 8.
  • Take the exit toward Black Lake Blvd. on the Westside of Olympia, by the mall.
  • Take a right toward Black Lake Blvd.
  • After a mile take a right into the parking lot of Hope Community Church.


On race day, racers must respect the direction and authority of the race director, race organization, volunteers and staff.

  • We are all sharing the Kaiser Woods, so be kind to anyone you encounter and help showcase why the trail running community is so awesome!
  • No short-­cutting of any kind. We have eyes out on the course and if you cut a section, you will be disqualified and banned from future races.
  • Do not litter. At all. Ever. While we can only monitor the course and not your entire life, if we catch you littering, you will be disqualified and receive a lifetime ban. Bonus high fives/hugs for all who pick up trash.
  • Please use the bathrooms at the trailhead/parking lot. Keep them as clean. We are guests in these woods and hope to return year after year.
  • No dogs, baby joggers, or other “accessories” are allowed on the race course.
  • Stay on the trail when you can. We ask that you stay to the trails to limit our impact on the vegetation.
  • If you come across an injured runner, you must stay with that person until medical attention arrives. Failure to do so may result in a disqualification.
  • Slow runners must yield the trail to others wishing to pass. Be alert and conscientious of other runners.
  • Please, no headphones. For big sections of the course the trail is too narrow and you need to be aware of other runners.
  • Non-­participants may NOT accompany registered runners along the course for any reason.
  • Dropping Out: If you find it necessary to drop from the race, you must do so at the aid station. Notify the aid station captain and make sure they get your bib number. Please do not leave the course without notifying an aid station captain. If we can’t account for your whereabouts, we will assume you are missing and launch a search party.
  • Race Staff has permission to pull any runner from the event due to injury or another reason that the runner should not continue. We are looking out for your safety, trust us.

Rule Violations

Participants are expected to behave in a sportsmanlike manner. The Race Management team reserves the right to impose infractions for any reason, even ones not mentioned here. This could be in the form of a DNF issued, or a lifetime ban.

Official protests of infractions and rule violations must be made directly to the Race Directors on race day. If a case of unclear or contested infractions occur, a jury of available racers, volunteers and race marshals will be gathered to discuss what the appropriate action may be. All decisions may be vetoed by the Race Directors.

  • Short-­cuts taken on any section of the course. The route is well-marked, so follow along and enjoy the path we created. We like and know you will too.
  • Disobeying the directions of Race Management and/or race volunteers.
  • Littering. Leave the trail cleaner than you found it. Carry trash with you until you get to the aid station garbage can.
  • Having a pet on the course.
  • Failing to remain at a checkpoint or the aid station for a medical evaluation.
  • Blocking another runner in any section of the course.
  • Failing to respect private property or the other users of the park. Be a trail running ambassador. Not a trail run ass.
  • Running without a number or using someone else's number.
  • Littering. Yes, this is a huge deal.
  • Abuse, either verbal or physical, against anyone in, on or around the course. Be kind. Enjoy the run. Be an upstanding citizen of the trail running community.