Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Start/Finish: Friend’s Barn, Fort Townsend State Park


general information:

  • Start time: 5:00 pm

  • Distance: 5 mile or 10 mile

  • Elevation gain: 500’ in the 5-mile loop

  • Terrain: wide paths, rolling single track

  • Cutoff: 3 hours

  • Entrants: 200 spots available for signup

  • Cost: $45 for 5-mile / $65 for 10-mile

  • Swag/Awards: Everyone will get a shirt, a pint glass, and free beverage and food at the finish line. Top 3 men and women get prizes at each distance.

The Yeti is invading the shores of Washington, and is bringing along the NIGHTMARE as the first west-coast Yeti event. Are you ready for the southern beast’s wile and charm? No, you are not.

The race will start and end at the Friend’s Barn in Fort Townsend Historic State Park, and will take you through an old cemetery and past a torpedo x-ray tower, along the water of the Puget sound and into the dark forest. The course is a 5-mile loop, and race options include a 5-mile and a 10-mile (two loops). At the finish, we’ll have beverages, food, a DJ, and who knows what else. Never run trails before? No problem! This is a great race for new trail runners and veterans alike.

Required gear: Everyone MUST bring a headlamp! This is a night race, and while most of these trails are nice and smooth, there are a lot of trails in the area and a strong light will be needed to navigate. The course will be super well-marked, and the park is small. Don’t worry too much about getting lost.

We will have one small aid station set up at the start/finish line for the 10-mile race. This event is CUPLESS - please bring your own container for fluids if you need them while running either race.

Typical weather: It’s November in Washington, so assume there may be rain and cooler temperatures and bring gear to handle that. Sunset is at 4:41 pm, so the entire event will be in the dark.

The race start/finish is approximately a 2-hour drive from downtown Seattle. If you are taking the ferry to and from the event, please be sure to check the ferry schedule and consider reserving a spot for both directions. If you would like to stay nearby, there is camping and lodging at nearby Fort Worden, or there are lodging options in and around Port Townsend.

Parking at the start/finish is limited. Please carpool if you can! Also note that you need to have a Discover Pass to park in the state park ($30 annual pass for access to all state parks). If you do not have one, you can purchase a day use pass at the park for $10 (exact change required).

Nobody (NOBODY) loves dogs more than us, but please leave your furry friends at home for this one.

Runners can pay an extra $10 at registration for any adult family members or guests (under 21 guests welcome free of charge) who wish to join in the festivities at the finish line.

Cancellation policy: Banshee Running does not issue refunds or transfers. If you register and become pregnant or a new parent, please contact us for our deferral policy.

Course Description:

The races will begin and end at the Friend’s Barn. Runners will begin along the Bluff trail at the water’s edge, turning down Trillium trail and then making a large lollipop through the park. The route will be well-marked with flags, as well as signs noting major turns. See the map below.

Yeti Nightmare course map.jpg


Bib pickup: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

5k and 10k start: 5:00 pm

Cutoff: 8:00 pm

yeti nightmare course.jpg