The 44th annual Birch Bay International Marathon will be held February 19, and the race’s organizers are in need of volunteers.
Between six and 10 people are needed for the aid stations for the female runners, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce president John Gargett wrote in the Birch Bay Beach Buzz Blog.
These volunteers will be responsible for handing water to the runners and cheering them on as they run the 26 miles through Birch Bay State Park.
“This race has been a wonderful boost to the Birch Bay economy, and we as business professionals owe it to ourselves to ensure they keep coming back!” Gargett wrote.
The marathon and half-marathon will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, looping its way through the state park, with the start/finish line situated midway through the park along Birch Bay Drive.
Started in 1968 by local marathon runner Jim Pearson, the Birch Bay Marathon is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon in April. Jim’s son Joel Pearson now directs the race.
Registration costs $80 for the full marathon and $60 for the half-marathon up until February 15, after which the full marathon costs $100 and the half marathon $80.There is no day-of registration.
For more information or to register online, visit www.birchbaymarathon.com. For more information on becoming a volunteer, call Tammy Pierce at 360/421-6838.