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A Boston Marathon Qualifier
Sunday February 19, 2012 at 8:00 am will mark the 44th running of the scenic and historic Birch Bay International Marathon, managed and directed this year by Joel Pearson, whose father Jim Pearson created and directed this year for many years. The race will start and finish at the south end of Birch Bay State Park.
The marathon course has been certified (certification code WA 06002 BL) and the race serves as a qualifier for the 2008 Boston Marathon. The course is unchanged from 2007. See www.bostonmarathon.org for qualifying times, noting that the small-print permits a 59 second grace period beyond the listed times for each age group.
For 2008 we are again offering a 25K race; this follows the same course as the marathon but only does one loop (instead of two) around Birch Point. This race starts at 8:00 AM from a line about 400m north of the marathon start line, but ends at the marathon finish.
Expect very cold, wet, windy weather and dress accordingly; we recommend layering and carrying a windproof jacket. Windy conditions combined with high tide can result in a soaking from sea-spray or even waves lapping over the road - be prepared to get wet.
Northwards on I-5: Take exit 266 (Grandview Rd.); travel 7.5 miles west on Grandview to Point Whitehorn Rd. (ignore the earlier sign pointing north to Birch Bay State Park). Turn right onto Point Whitehorn Rd. and follow it north to the waterfront and race start.
Southward on I-5: Take exit 270 (Birch Bay - Lynden Rd.); follow this west into Birch Bay to the traffic lights at Harborview Rd. Turn left down to the waterfront. Turn left onto Birch Bay Drive and follow the waterfront southwards to the start.
For futher inquiries or to volunteer please contact;
Joel Pearson (Race Director) e-mail: email@example.com, phone: 360 223-0264
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