With the weather getting warmer and the state loosening restrictions, in-person events are on the way back. The Birch Bay Road Race, an event that used to see some 500 runners, is holding in-person and virtual racing Saturday, April 10.
Online registration for the multi-distance running race closes Thursday, April 8 at 11:59 p.m. The race offers 5K, 15K and 30K distances. Runners can start on Harborview Road near the Birch Bay Waterslides or from their front door, as a virtual run option is offered as well. Walkers are welcome too.
There will be no pre-race bib pickup or in-person registration. All bibs will be mailed out ahead of time. Upon finishing, runners will be able to pick up their swag off a table. For virtual competitors, a shirt, bib, medal and custom buff will be mailed to the address provided upon registering before the race weekend.
Early registration costs $46 for the 5K, $71 for the 15K and $86 for the 30K. Cheaper registration was available in February and January – something to keep in mind for next year. To register and find out more about the event, visit orcarunning.com/birch-bay.
Event promoter Orca Running has extra Covid-19 precautions in place for its upcoming events to follow the state government’s response guidance, like mask wearing for all competitors pre- and post-race. A custom buff will be provided to participants to use during the race when coming within six feet of another participant. Other Covid-19 rules can be found at orcarunning.com/covid-19.
For those looking for more opportunities to show off their quarantine fitness, or maybe to just get back in shape, Orca Running has more races scheduled this year. The San Juan Island half marathon is scheduled for September 11, Seattle’s Orca half marathon is scheduled September 18 and 19. Find more at orcarunning.com.