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Olympia, WA

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Olympia is the capital of the state of Washington, located 100 miles southwest of Seattle. The city sits at the southern end of Puget Sound on Budd Inlet. There’s some nice running in Olympia,  centered on the downtown waterfront area. We’ve put together a nice ‘runseeing‘ tour of the capitol area, Capitol Lake, and Olympia’s historic downtown. Other best places to run in Olympia are the Priest Park/East Bayshore area, the campus of Evergreen State College, and extensive multi-use paths such as the Chehalis Western Trail and the Woodland (Lacey) Trail.

Runners should note that Olympia’s winters can be very damp averaging 8 inches of rain from November-February. Summers, by contrast, are mild and dry.

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Olympia weather is typical of the Puget Sound area, with cloudy, damp winters and mild, dry summers. Runners will definitely want to being their wet weather gear to Olympia, especially November-May, where some months average 8 inches of rain. Winter temps are in the mid-40s during the day and around freezing at night. Summers are drier and delightful, with daytime highs in the high 70s (25F) and cool nights. Snowfall is rare.



South Sound Running Olympia. The one indy running store in Olympia, located near Tumwater Park.

There are other outdoor recreation stores to buy running gear, such as Big 5 Sporting Goods.


RunOly.com is a great resource for local run clubs, group runs, and area road races. Here’s a calendar of group run events.

Local race calendar, courtesy of RunOly.com

Capital City Marathon. May. Olympia’s signature running event, with half-marathon & 5 mile options.