DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE | Vol. 15

Thank You Members for Giving Back at the GBRC Turkey Trot!

Have you ever seen a turkey run alongside a t-rex? These were just two of the festive costumes that participants at our annual Turkey Trot 5K Fundraiser decked out in to run and raise money for the Bellingham Food Bank. 421 runners gathered on the frosted grass under the clear, yet crisp Saturday morning sky at Squalicum Creek Park on November 17 to trot together and support the community. Smiles and laughter filled the park as racers crossed the finish line and filled their bellies with pumpkin pie and whipped cream in celebration.

Thanks to all those who pre-registered online and chose to donate in addition to their race fees, $1,515 was donated to the Food Bank from these online contributions alone. Extra gratitude goes to First Federal Bank who was a generous sponsor donating $4000.00. In total, $9660.00 was raised by runner fees, donations and sponsorships that will go directly to benefit the Food Bank. This will help support their mission of feeding the 3,500 hungry families across Whatcom County every week.

Families, friends, and participants of all ages gathered for this fun, family-friendly race. For some, this race has been a holiday tradition since it first started and others joined for the first time this year during the season of giving back and giving thanks. Since the fundraiser first began, thousands of runners have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the food bank. The food bank in turn supports the 20% of Bellingham families that don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to their 2017 annual report.

We would like to extend an extra special thanks to Alexandra Gehring who has been the Race Director for the past 5 years, without all of her hard work behind the scenes this wonderful fundraiser event wouldn’t have been possible. Also we sincerely appreciate all the amazing volunteers who also have donated their valuable time to help make the race happen, many of whom have volunteered consecutive years.

Thank you Lina Dahlberg for being our top donor in online donations, and thank you to the 99 other participants who chose to go the extra mile by donating anywhere from $5-$50.Your contributions and race fees go towards building up our community while supporting our neighborhood food bank.

We are very thankful for the generous and willing hearts of the GBRC community and all of our members for their tremendous support at this year’s Turkey Trot!

Abby and I became members of GBRC just last December. It’s been my hope that Abby would find a joy in running and that it could become “her thing”. Abby has Autism and group sports aren’t her favorite. I’m happy to say that Abby has completed six 5K races this year!!!! I couldn’t be more proud. I’m really looking forward to this coming year of continued success with this little athlete in the making! (Her favorite part was getting a ribbon at the Fairhaven Frosty 😊)

I’m very thankful for the support and opportunities provided by the GBRC.

– Pam Hall (Abby’s grandmother)

Remember to Renew your Membership and Attend the 2019 GBRC Races!

January 13th (Sunday)GBRC Lake Samish Runs, 6.5 & 13.1 Mile, Bellingham

February 9th (Saturday), Whatcom Falls 5K (formally Two for the Road), Bellingham

March 3rd (Sunday)GBRC Padden Mudfest, 6 Mile, Bellingham

March 23rd (Saturday)GBRC Honeywagon Runs, 4 Mile & Half, Everson

May 4th (Saturday)GBRC Haggen to Haggen, 5K, Bellingham

June 8th (Saturday)GBRC Race Beneath the Sun, 5 Mile, Bellingham

July 6th (Saturday)GBRC Chuckanut Footrace, 7 Mile, Bellingham

September 7th (Saturday)GBRC Lake Padden Relay, 4 x 2.59 Mile Relay, Bellingham

October 19th (Saturday)GBRC The Blanchard Beast Trail Race, 10 Mile, Bow

November 23rd (Saturday)GBRC Turkey Trot, 5K, Bellingham

December TBD, Fairhaven Frosty, 5K, Bellingham

Give the Gift of GBRC Membership

Still trying to figure out the perfect gift for a runner you love? How about signing them up for a GBRC membership? You can give any of our membership types. Upon purchase a unique gift code will be created to give to your recipient as well as a printable gift certificate.

Gift Certificates for GBRC Memberships are now available just in time for the holidays.

Click here to purchase your gift membership today! >

GBRC Track Workouts are Taking a Break for the Holidays

Track workouts will start up again on Wednesday, January 9th of 2019. See you in the new year!

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Lake Samish Runs

6.5 and 13.1 Miles

Sun. Jan. 13, 2019

Start Times:
13.1 Mile:10:00am
6.5 Mile:10:15am

Click here to register >

GBRC Whatcom Falls
formally Two for the Road

Saturday, February 9th
Whatcom Falls Park

A Fair Weather Day for the Fabulous Fairhaven Frosty! 

By Anne Johnson

GBRC held its annual holiday race event on Saturday, December 1st with the start line at Fairhaven Park. The weather did not disappoint with sunshine, a few clouds and temperatures in the mid-forties. Perfect weather for running! Over 200 runners and walkers competed in either the 10k or 5k loop course. The course is fast with part pavement and part gravel. It starts at Fairhaven Park, continues south on Chuckanut Drive before turning onto the Interurban Trail and heading back towards the park where a warm drink (thanks to Tony’ s Coffee) and holiday treats were waiting, including fresh rolls from Great Harvest Bread. A special thanks to Tjalling Ypma and his son who transported the race gear and set up the course on race morning. Also, thanks to all thirty volunteers and the many sponsors who made this race possible.

And, of course, recognition should be given to the winners! Cole Basta was the first runner across the 10k line with a time of 37:08. Jeannette Butcher was the first 10k female finisher posting a time of 46:31. In the 5k event, the winner was Hans Tamminga with a time of 19:07, and just a few steps behind him was the first place female, Alma Mcmurty, at 19 minutes and 12 seconds. The four winners received gift certificates from Fairhaven Runners & Walkers.

The kid’s race was an equally enjoyable event. Thirteen children ran the 1/4 mile grass course through the park and all received a race medallion (thanks to Julie Kulp!), holiday pencils and candy canes.

So runners, put the Frosty Fairhaven race on your calendar for next year. And, the race directors are promising holiday music and a prize for the best holiday costume!

Click here for Frosty results >

Larry Lober

Where did you grow up? If not in Bellingham what brought you to Bellingham?
I grew up in a small town in central Ohio. My wife and I moved here from the Seattle area to get out of the big city and to have more space. We now live on 5 acres out in the county.

How long have you lived in Bellingham?
We moved here in 2002 and just love it. We will probably never live anywhere else.

When did you first start running and what influenced you to start running?
I started running in 1986 as a quick way to stay in shape because my time was limited as a business owner.

People run for many reasons and those reasons change as we get older. Could you share with us your reason/reasons for running and how they may have changed from when you first started running?
I started running as mentioned to stay in shape which is still true today. I’ve found as I’ve gotten older though that Running has become a challenge to see how long I can continue this rewarding activity into my senior years.

What is your favorite race/run distance and why.
I have only run in Marathons, Half Marathons and one 50K. By far my favorite  distance is the  Marathon. I like the training leading up to a marathon and then the challenge of race day and the feeling of accomplishment once I cross the finish line.

Tell us how you first heard  about GBRC and how long have you been a member?
I first heard about  GBRC when I read an article about the Club in Runners World Magazine back in 2002. I don’t think I actually joined the club until about 2 or 3 years later. So, I have been a member for at least 13 years now.

Which is your favorite GBRC Event and why?
Even though I have never run it, I think the Turkey Trot is my favorite. I like it because it is low key and people of all ages participate. Most run but some walk. Some bring their dogs and others show up with their kids in baby joggers. Its just cool seeing everyone having a good time. Nothing really matters but getting out, getting some exercise and having fun.

What is the main reasons/reason why you are still a member of GBRC?
I love what GBRC is all about…connecting runners, building community and giving back. And the people…I love the people.