Sign up now for a scenic run along the bay.
The Birch Bay Road Race takes place Saturday, March 28. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the race, which features 5k, 15k and 30k routes for runners of all skill levels. The mid-distance races, run along scenic, flat routes, are popular among runners training for summer marathons or half-marathons.
All three races start and end at the Birch Bay Waterslides on Birch Bay-Lynden Road. The races start at 8:30 a.m.
New this year is the 5k Beach Bum Fun Run. 5k runners will get the chance to dress up in their best beach fashions. Dress in Hawaiian shirts, water wings, straw hats or a sea creature costume for a chance to win prizes.
Registration is open through race day. The price of admission is $35 for the 5k, $60 for the 15k and $75 for the 30k. Those prices are valid until March 21, after which the price rises by $10. Children under 12 get $10 off admission.
The top three men and women in each race will earn plaques, as well as master and grand master ribbons for record breakers. Each participant will receive a short-sleeve shirt and a hot meal after the race, which includes vegetarian chili, chicken soup, oatmeal and fresh fruit. 15k and 30k participants will also get a running cap and a medal for finishing.
Proceeds from the race benefit Girls on the Run of Whatcom County, a nonprofit organization that encourages young women through sports and education programs.
To register, go to birchbayroadrace.com, or visit Klicks Running and Walking at 1431 N. State Street in Bellingham.