This page will keep you, our valued participants and partners, informed about the latest developments concerning COVID – 19.

February 28, 2021:

Covid-19 Activity Operations Requirements for the Onsite North Olympic Discovery Marathon – Below are the requirements if we are able to hold an onsite – in-person event for the North Olympic Discovery Marathon on June 5-6, 2021. As we learn more information we will be sure to share it with all of our participants.

  • All participants have been offered a virtual option for the event, for participants who would like to participate on their own and not share a common course with other participants and would prefer a virtual course of their own choosing. Participants have been emailed several times to switch to virtual event at no additional cost.
  • All pre-registration has occur online. There will be NO same day in-person registration is allowed.
  • We will have a rolling start line (participants will have a pre-assigned starting window). The number of participants per minute will depend on the current governors orders.  Waves will be sequenced by pace with faster racers going first, then working towards the slower racers to reduce likelihood for congestion or passing on the course. The starting area will be limited to no more than 50 participants (as of today..this number is subject to change) at any time awaiting their staggered starts (there is plenty of space for social distancing.) Participants waiting for their start time will maintain at least six feet of distance from all other people and wear face coverings until their race begins. Cones will be used to assume 6’ of social distancing at all times. Additional participants must wait in their vehicles or away from the course until their start time approaches.
  • We will be limiting the number of employees and volunteers that are necessary to supervise the event,. These persons are not considered “participants” for the sake of calculating starting waves and are allowed as needed. Employees and volunteers will wear facial coverings and maintain physical distance in compliance with current guidelines.
  • Participants will make an effort to remain 6 feet from other participants on the course as much as possible. If participants need to pass another participant they will pass them in a manner that is safe and makes the moment of passage as brief as reasonably possible. Similarly if a participant is being passed that participant must allow for passing such that distance between participants can be achieved in as brief amount of time as reasonably possible.
  • Spectators are not allowed. However, participants under 18 would require a parent / guardian to be in attendance.  The support person must always remain at least 6 feet away from all people aside from their participant and may not visit the start or finish to avoid congestion or crowding in these areas.
  • There will be no congregation of more than 5 people allowed at the turn around, hydration and nutrition stations at any one time. Participants will obtain hydration and nutrition supplies and then proceed. Hydration and nutrition station crews will maintain 6 foot separation from participants, and each other at all times as much as reasonably possible and wear facial coverings.
  • There will be no congregation allowed at the activity start or finish area. Participants will leave the activity area when finished. There will be no awards ceremonies or after party activities allowed in the starting / finishing area.
  • There will be a Volunteer Run the Peninsula Information table with information about 2021 events and swag for purchase. There will be a plastic protection barrier between the participant and the volunteer in charge of the information table. The volunteer and participants will remain 6’ in distance at all times.
  • Lines at portable toilets will be managed such that there is at least 6 foot of distance between all participants waiting in lines. The race will provide hand sanitizer at all restroom stations.
  • Port Angeles Marathon Association will retain registration data for 30 days after the activity in order to aid possible contact tracing.
  • PPE provided for all employees and volunteers.  Cloth or medical masks will be worn.  Gloves will be worn by employees and volunteers when interacting with participants or equipment.
  • Volunteers, riders and rider helpers will be screened prior to entry the facility.
    • Before loading people on bus participants will be asked the following questions
    • Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • Recent loss of taste or smell
    •  Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).
    • Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
    • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-quarantine?
  •  We will discourage all carpooling to the starting area (from people not in the same household).
  • We will encourage participants to be dropped off at the starting area.
  • For participants that cannot be dropped off participants will park and be advised to stay in their car until their assigned starting time.

APRIL 11, 2020: 

I’m sure you are wondering what the status of the18th Annual North Olympic Discovery Marathon is in regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic. After careful consideration and discussions with our Medical Partners, Industry and Municipal Leaders, a decision has been determined to cancel the physical events planned for June 7, 2020.

We value our running community and putting on this event each year for you is what we love to do. We recognize your disappointment. We wish nothing more than being able to be at the finish line to celebrate your accomplishments. This unfortunate situation is beyond any of our control and what is important now is that we all pull together to do whatever we have to in order to get us back to a safe and healthy community.

In 2019, the Port Angeles Marathon Association created and began producing another event in addition to the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. In fact, we created an entire year-long running series called Run the Peninsula. A virtual race option was included and somewhat to our surprise has become a very popular and wildly successful part of what we do.

We understand the importance of social distancing. Workplaces, families, social and educational groups are paving the way for how we can safely “gather” via the internet. We are excited to be able to offer a virtual event to you and for you to be a part of a positive solution as we navigate through this unprecedented time.

Between now and May 1st, we ask that you go online to convert your entry to “VIRTUAL”. If this change is not made by May 1st, don’t worry we will make the change for you (See instructions below for Transfer Event). 

Once you do so, we will prepare your personal race package and mail it to you (these will be mailed out by the 1st week in June). This includes your race bib, running shirt, drawstring gear bag, and medal. We will also include a “thank you” coupon good for 20% off next year’s race. A detailed description of “how” to do the virtual race can be found on our website.(

Upon completion of your run, please submit your results ( We encourage you to use all social media platforms to share pictures of your accomplishment. This is how we really can come together during this challenging time.

Additional options and information:

For those of you who live near us AND if the WA State Stay At Home order has been lifted by the Governor by June 1st, we will set-up and mark all courses so that you can complete your virtual race on the beautiful NODM course instead of on your home course. The course will be set up starting June 1st. Go to the NODM website to view your course map and details ( If you choose to change events, you can do so. Registration for the virtual race remains open. Challenge your friends and family to join you.

If you choose not to run this year’s NODM Virtual event, we hope you will consider the following three options:

1. Transfer to a different 2020 Run the Peninsula event. There are two remaining Run the Peninsula events (See instructions below for transfer to another race). October 17th, Larry Scott Trail, Port Townsend (5K/10K/Half) or December 5th, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center, Blyn (5K/10K)
All transfer fees are waived. There will be a change in price if you upgrade from the 5K/10K to the Half.

2. Donations: The Port Angeles Marathon Association is a Non-profit organization. If you cancel, your registration fees will be converted to a donation and a receipt will be emailed to you.  (Please email us at for this option and we will be sure to provide you a tax donation letter). 

3. Deferral: Free deferral to 2021 North Olympic Discovery Marathon on June 6th, 2021. (See instructions below for defer registration). 

Registration fees cannot be reimbursed. We appreciate your understanding. Your support ensures the health and strength of our non profit organization and the work we do to bring a world class event to the rural communities on the Olympic Peninsula.

Participants who have registered for Pasta Dinner & Massages will be refunded for those add-on features. You refunds will be issued by the end of April.

Fighting this pandemic is a marathon not a sprint. Stay home, stay healthy, and let’s all cross this finish line together.

Good luck with your virtual run and we look forward to seeing your proud finishing photos.

Victoria Jones, Race Director
PAMA Board of Directors


Please do the following to switch from onsite to virtual, transfer or defer your entry

1. Login to your Runsignup account:
2. To the right of your race select Manage Registration

Select what you would like to do: 

1. Transfer Event: Select “Transfer Event” if you would like to transfer to the VIRTUAL Railroad Bridge Run. You will be mailed your race bib, running gloves (swag for this event) and medal.

2. Transfer to Another Event: Select “Transfer to Another Race” if you would like to transfer your registration one of our 2 remaining races in 2020. You will be able to select which race and distance to run.

3. Defer Registration: Select “Defer Registration” If you would like to defer your registration to 2021.


April 1, 2020

We know that you are all wondering if the 2020 North Olympic Discovery Marathon will proceed on Sunday, June 7. We are hoping for the best, but we are currently planning for all sorts of outcomes. As of April 1, 2020 we are not canceling the race. We remain optimistic.

Currently, Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, has a “stay-at-home” order. This tells us that our government needs more time to understand the results of the “stay at home” and social distancing order. The “stay-at-home” order is still in the original 2-week timeframe and the government needs to see if this order is successfully flattening the curve.

We will be sending out weekly updates on the status of the June 7, 2020 North Olympic Discovery Marathon. You can also check for updates on our website:


March 22, 2020

We are continuing to monitor this ever-changing situation and will follow recommendations from the CDC and state and local authorities to ensure the health and safety of both participants and staff.

As of March 22, the race is still on as scheduled (June 7th, 2020), although that is subject to change, based on outside developments and decisions from city officials. We hope to achieve more clarity in this regard by the end of this month.

In the meantime, let’s all do our part to limit the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing and good hygiene. Stay healthy, keep washing your hands, and go for a run in the fresh air!