The Blanchard Beast Trail Race

Saturday, October 17, 2020 – 9 AM

The Blanchard Beast Trail Race

The Blanchard Beast Trail Race

Saturday, October 17, 2020 – 9 AM

With the impact and uncertainty of COVID-19 we have delayed opening registration for the 2020 Blanchard Beast.  If you are interested in knowing when registration will open, please subscribe to the right (below on mobile).

Results for the 2019 Blanchard Beast are now posted!

2019 Race Results

Race Description

The Blanchard Beast is a GBRC trail race that is approximately 10 miles long. The race takes place on the trails of the Blanchard State Forest due South of Bellingham and offers an exciting, wooded run with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This race offers something in-between a 10K and a half marathon for those who are interested in pushing their max distances or as a training run for something bigger.


Race registration will be available June 1st and open until October 17th at 11:59 PM.
Due to COVID-19 we have delayed opening registration until closer to the event. Please subscribe above to our email updates to receive updates on registration in the future.

Cost $30 for non-GBRC members who pre-register online, $40 on day of race.
$5 for GBRC members who pre-register online, $10 on day of race.

New for 2021! This year we will be chip timing the race. As a result, registration costs have increase minimally per GBRC’s policies.
Max Runners Due to permit restrictions the race is limited to 200 participants.
Registration Waitlist


The 2019 Blanchard Beast is sold out! A waitlist has been started for those still interested.

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Race Results

The Race Course

The course is approximately 10 miles in length. The race begins and ends at the Blanchard Forest Lower Trailhead. The course has four major sections including two large climbs.

  • Distance:   10 miles (approximately)
  • Elevation Gain:   2075 Feet
  • Cutoff Time:   4 Hours
  • Note About Footwear:   Trail shoes or shoes with aggressive tread are highly recommended. Due to the nature of the course, spikes are not recommended.
  • Baby Joggers and Pets:   Baby joggers and pets are not allowed on the course.

Note: The overall distance of the course may not be exact; it was determined based on multiple GPS datasets and maps

A portion of the race course is made up of multiple use trails. If you encountered a horse during the race, please yield to the horse ideally on the downhill side of the trail. You may encounter mountain bikers as well.

Aid Stations

There are two aid stations along the course that will have water, electrolytes, and food available.

  • Aid Station 1:   4.5 KM / 2.8 MI
  • Aid Station 2:   9.4 KM / 5.8 MI
3.4mi 1385' 1.9mi 971' 1.9mi 361' 1.4mi 587'

Awards & Results

All awards will be given immediately at the conclusion of the race. Results will be posted here as soon as possible.

  • A pair of Brooks running shoes will be provided by Fairhaven Runners to both the top male and female.
  • Awards will be given to the top three males and top three females.
  • Awards will be given to the top runner of each age group.
  • Awards for the most durable and best overall costumes (since Halloween is right around the corner!)


Sponsorship & Volunteering

If you are interested in sponsoring the Blanchard Beast Trail Race, please contact Michael Brisbois (GBRC Sponsorship Coordinator) or Tim Schafermeyer (Race Director).  For volunteering, contact us at


Tim Schafermeyer – Race Director
Andrew Murray