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44th Annual Birch Bay Marathon and Half Ultra-Marathon(25K) Race

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Joel has created his own website to handle the Birch Bay Marathon for 2009 and beyond, including registration. Please go to for race information.


This year Joel Pearson has taken over the Directorship and Sponsorship of the Birch Bay Marathon. The marathon was started and run for many years by his father, Jim Pearson, so this transition marks the return of this race to it's roots.

GBRC club members will still be be able to run free for the 2008 race, and fees for other runners will not change for 2008. Please keep checking this site for updates about registration and other news about the race as we transition it from the GBRC back to the Pearson family.

You may e-mail Joel directly with any questions about this at

The Race

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 Drayton Harbor from the course serves as a qualifier for the 2008 Boston Marathon. The course is unchanged from 2007. See 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.

Directions to the Race

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:, phone: 360 223-0264

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