BirchBay marathon this Saturday

Published on Thu, Feb 15, 2007
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Birch Bay marathon this Saturday

The 39th Annual Birch Bay Marathon is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Sunday, February 18.

Beginning at Birch Bay State Park, runners will head north along the waterfront to Harborview Road and then complete two 10-mile counter-clockwise loops around Birch Point before returning to the finish at the park

The event also features a 16-mile race following the marathon route but requiring running only one loop of Birch Point.The race is certified as a qualifying event for the 2007 Boston Marathon.

Race director Tjalling Ypma said the Birch Bay Marathon is the second oldest annually run marathon in the western states. It was once a regional championship race, drawing many outstanding athletes.

The event, however, decayed during the ’90s, becoming an informal fun run with a handful of competitors.

In 2005, the race was adopted by the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC), which led to substantial growth in the number of participants and interest from the community.

For more information, call Tjalling Ypma at 360/734-2616 or 650-3410. Race and registration details can be found on the GBRC’s website at www.gbrc.net.