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 Canadian registration link to register at par in Canadian dollars!
Walkers are welcome!
Registration Dates and Prices – online registration closes on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:59pm
Register by March 1, 2017 to guarantee your shirt size
Canadian residents–please click here to register.
October 3rd – October 31st: $70
November 1st – December 31st: $75
January 1st – February 28th: $80
March 1st – March 28th: $85
Packet Pick Up and Day Of: $90
October 3rd – October 31st: $55
November 1st – December 31st: $60
January 1st – February 28th: $65
March 1st – March 28th: $70
Packet Pick Up and Day Of: $75
October 3rd – October 31st: $30
November 1st – December 31st: $35
January 1st – February 28th: $40
March 1st – March 28th: $45
Packet Pick Up and Day Of: $50
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 20 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 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Views abound the beautiful course is run along the shores of Birch Bay while the crisp sea air fills your lungs. All three courses have slightly changed in 2017!
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.
Our top recommendation to participants looking for a fantastic place to stay is Semiahmoo Resort, located just 10 minutes away from the start line. Participants of the race receive a discount by using the promo code: BB2017 when booking the room.
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.
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. For Canadian Clubs race fees will be on par…pay in Canadian, don’t pay the exchange fee. Register using the Canada only link.
- 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)
|1st||FitFirst Run Club||96|
|2nd||Pacific Road Runners||62|
|3rd||The RR bRUNch Gang||22|
|2nd||Pacific Road Runners||123|
|2nd||Pacific Road Runners||points|
|3rd||Bonsor Breakfast Club||points|
|1st||Pacific Road Runners||239 points|
|2nd||Runners Den||205 points|
|3rd||Greater Bellingham Running Club||9 points|
|1st||Runners Den||159 points|
|2nd||Pacific Road Runners||133 points|
|3rd||Greater Bellingham Running Club||76 points|
|1st||Pacifice Road Runners||164 points|
|2nd||Runners Den||96 points|
|3rd||Greater Bellingham Running Club||69 points|
|1st||Runners Den||119 points|
|2nd||Pacific Road Runners||101 points|
|3rd||Bonsor Breakfast Club||60 points|
|1st||Pacific Road Runners||81 points|
|2nd||Runners Den||66 points|
|3rd||Running Room||31 points|
|1st||Pacific Road Runners||64 points|
|2nd||Running Room||28 points|
|3rd||Greater Bellingham Running Club||32 points|
|2007||Greater Bellingham Running Club|
|2006||Greater Bellingham Running Club|
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
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.
All participants in all distances will receive a finisher’s medal and a gender specific race shirt. Sizes are men’s small to men’s XXL and women’s x-small to XXL. Register by March 1, 2017 to guarantee your shirt size.
We will post a preview of the medal and shirt once they are available.
Please note that shirts and medals are only available for pickup at pre-race packet pickup or at the race. They are not available for pickup or to be mailed out after the race.
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.
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.
After you’re done running, we’ll be serving up hot soup (including a vegan option), bread and fruit for all runners.
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.”
Packet pick-up will be held Friday, March 31st at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA from 2:00pm-7:00pm.
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.