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Welcome to the Birch Bay Road Race!  We hope you enjoy running here as much as we do.  Got questions?  Please consult our FAQ, or if you can’t find the answer there, contact us!

Canadian runners–be sure to use the code CANADA at checkout for 15% off your registration.

Walkers are welcome!

Registration

Registration Dates and  Prices – online registration closes on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at 11:59pm

Register by March 7th, 2018 to guarantee your shirt size

30K

October 3rd – October 31st: $70

November 1st – December 31st: $75

January 1st – February 28th: $80

March 1st – April 2nd: $85

Packet Pick Up and Day Of: $90

 

15K

October 3rd – October 31st: $55

November 1st – December 31st: $60

January 1st – February 28th: $65

March 1st – April 2nd: $70

Packet Pick Up and Day Of: $75

 

5K

October 3rd – October 31st: $30

November 1st – December 31st: $35

January 1st – February 28th: $40

March 1st – April 2nd: $45

Packet Pick Up and Day Of: $50

 

Interested in signing up for more than one 2018 Orca Running race? Check out the 2018 Orca Running Pass Subscribe and Bundle options.  

 

Community Entries

Orca Running is proud to offer Community Entries for our events.

A community entry is a reduced entry fee for $45 for those who would love to participate but are without the financial conditions to do so. There are four community entries available for the Birch Bay 15K/30K. Application period will open 4 months from race date and be open for 1 month. Click here to apply.

Birch Bay Road Race 30K/15K Application Period: December 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018

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Course

Views abound as the beautiful course is run along the shores of Birch Bay while the crisp sea air fills your lungs.

There will be aid stations on the course serving water, Clif nutrition products (Gels), and electrolyte drink.  15k runners will hit the aid stations at approximately 1.75, 3.75, 5.5, and 7.5 miles. 30k runners will hit aid stations at approximately 1.75, 3.75, 5.5, 7.5, 9.5, 11, 13, 15, and 16.5 miles.  There are no aid stations on the 5k course, but plenty of food and drink after you’re done running.

Aerial shot of Birch Bay Road Race course.

5k Course

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15k Course

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30k Course

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Accommodations

Our top recommendation to participants looking for a fantastic place to stay is Semiahmoo Resort, located just 10 minutes away from the start line.

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Photos

Just like with all Orca Running events, all of our race photos are searchable by bib and best of all, are FREE to download as many hi-res images as you like.

2017 Photos

2016 Photos

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Club Challenge

Members of running clubs, here are the steps:

  • Both Canadian and US clubs can register (must be a member of an organized club)
  • Be sure to add yourself to your club before you complete your registration!
  • For US Clubs a 10% discount per member will apply, enter club name in Discount Code box at check-out (all caps, no spaces).  Clubs should contact the race to get their code set up.
  • If your team is not listed, email us to be added
  • Club Challenge results applies to 15K & 30K only

1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Plaques Awarded to the highest ranking Club Score.

Points awarded for Age-Group Finishes in 15K and 30K only:

  • 10 Points for 1st in age group
  • 7 points for 2nd
  • 5 points for 3rd
  • 2 points for finishing (every club member can contribute to the score)
2017
1st FitFirst Run Club 96
2nd Pacific Road Runners 62
3rd The RR bRUNch Gang 22
2015
1st Runners Den 173
2nd Pacific Road Runners 123
3rd VFAC 93
2014
1st Runners Den points
2nd Pacific Road Runners points
3rd Bonsor Breakfast Club points
2013
1st Pacific Road Runners 239 points
2nd Runners Den 205 points
3rd Greater Bellingham Running Club   9 points
2012
1st Runners Den 159 points
2nd Pacific Road Runners 133 points
3rd Greater Bellingham Running Club 76 points
2011
1st Pacifice Road Runners 164 points
2nd Runners Den 96 points
3rd Greater Bellingham Running Club 69 points
2010
1st Runners Den 119 points
2nd Pacific Road Runners 101 points
3rd Bonsor Breakfast Club 60 points
2009
1st Pacific Road Runners 81 points
2nd Runners Den 66 points
3rd Running Room 31 points
2008
1st Pacific Road Runners 64 points
2nd Running Room 28 points
3rd Greater Bellingham Running Club 32 points
Overall Winners
2007 Greater Bellingham Running Club
2006 Greater Bellingham Running Club
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Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers, male and female, in the 5k, 15k, and 30k.  In addition, we will have prizes for the top one finisher, male and female, in each age group in the 5k, 15k and 30k.  Age groups are as follows below.  Please note that awards must be picked up in person at the race.

  • 12 & under (5k only)
  • 18 & under
  • 19-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+
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Schedule

7:00 to 8:30am: Race Day Packet Pickup

8:00am: 30k Start

8:15am: 15k start

8:30am: 5k start

1:00pm: All courses closed; any participants still out on the course are welcome to continue, however aid stations will be removed and finish line area dismantled.

Please note: In general, we do not pull anyone off a race course, as long as they are moving forward with determination, under their own power.  However, we reserve the right to remove any participants from the race course as needed, based upon weather conditions, assessment of the participant’s physical condition, and other reasons.

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Swag

2018 Shirt & Medal Coming Soon!

R-Pod Medal

Run any 3 Orca Running Races in 2018 and receive the R-Pod medal. A beautiful, translucent medal with a custom ribbon to check off the races you’ve done.

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Race Policies

Please view to the Orca Running Race Policies page for our race policies.  Distance transfers, bib exchanges, and deferrals are all allowed; please refer to the race policies page for further details and instructions on how to do so.

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Directions

The Start and Finish Line are located at North Bay Christ the King Community Church.

4895 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Blaine, WA 98230

FROM VANCOUVER, BC: Take Hwy 99 to Peace Arch Border Crossing. Drive south on I-5 to Exit 270 by Factory Outlet Stores. Turn right onto Birch Bay Lynden Road – 6K (3.8 miles) to Race Start. (36 miles from Vancouver, BC and 20 miles from Bellingham, WA)

FROM SEATTLE: Take I-5 North through Bellingham. Take Exit 270 toward Birch Bay-Lynden Road.  Then turn left onto Birch Bay Lynden Road and drive 4 miles.

Parking: We highly recommend carpooling as parking is limited at the Birch Bay Waterslides.

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Post-Race Food

After you’re done running, we’ll be serving up hot soup (including a vegan option), bread and fruit for all runners.

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Non Profit Partner

Birch Bay Road Race is proud to support Girls on the Run of Whatcom County!  A portion of every entry fee will go to support GOTR, plus you can also make an additional (optional) donation during the registration process.

The mission of GOTR is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”

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Packet Pick-up

Packet pick-up will be held Friday April 6th, location TBD.

If you are unable to come to packet pick-up you may pick up your packet the morning of the race from 7:00am-8:30am.  Warning, lines may be long so come early!

You may pick up your friend’s packets for them but please bring a copy their confirmation, either printed or on your phone.

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