By Steve Guntli
Lace up your running shoes and prepare to hit the road: the Birch Bay Road Race is returning on Saturday, April 2.
The Birch Bay Road Race actually comprises three races: a 5K (3.1 miles), a 15K (9.6 miles) and a 30K (about 18.6 miles). Participants can choose a length consistent with their goals, whether they’re just running for fun or training for a half or full marathon.
All three courses begin at Birch Bay Waterslides and end in Cottonwood Court. The 5K is a totally flat course along Birch Bay Drive, with great views and breezes off the water to cool runners down. The 15K follows a similar path but extends into Birch Bay State Park. The 30K extends on that course even farther, leading along Semiahmoo Drive and turning back just before reaching Semiahmoo Spit.
All three races begin at 8:30 a.m. Runners can run solo or in clubs, and the 5K will feature a beach bum challenge, in which prizes will be awarded for the most outrageous summer-themed costumes.
Registration fees are $50 for the 5K, $75 for the 15K and $90 for the 30K. The cost includes a short-sleeved running shirt for all races and medallions for the 15K and 30K. Ribbons will also be awarded to the top three runners in each age group. Kids under 12 get 10 percent off entry fees, and as a special bonus for runners from across the border, Canadians can register without an exchange rate.
Visit birchbayroadrace.com for more information or to register.