Marathon at Birch Bay

Graham Breen charges across the finish line to win the Birch Bay Marathon on February 15. Breen, a sales manager from the United Kingdom, finished the 26.2 mile course in 2:44:55.

Graham Breen charges across the finish line to win the Birch Bay Marathon on February 15. Breen, a sales manager from the United Kingdom, finished the 26.2 mile course in 2:44:55.

Photos by Steve Guntli

Conditions were foggy and brisk as competitors lined up for a 26.2-mile run in the 47th Birch Bay International Marathon February 15. Nearly 70 runners from multiple countries took part.

British runner Graham Breen crossed the finish line 2 hours, 45 minutes and 55 seconds after the starting gun. Bill Condon of Seattle finished second with a time of 2:47:27.

The Birch Bay International Marathon, which follows the waterfront on Birch Bay Drive and loops around Semiahmoo to Birch Point and back to Birch Bay Village, is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier. Running greats such as Jim Pearson, Susan Rossiter Henderson and Jack Burnett have run its course.

The top five men this year were Breen, Condon, Dan Hadden (Maple Ridge, BC, 3:19:53), Mark Slater (Mill Creek, 3:25:15) and Bill Breakey (Silverdale, 3:32:46).

The top five women were Amanda Hoskins (Puyallup, 3:26:07), Rachel Leftwich (Seattle, 3:34:37), Kayla Hardy (Edmonton, Alberta, 3:36:38), Lorrie Chinn (Sammamish, 3:38:41) and Suzanne Bedford (Vancouver, B.C., 3:43:50).

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