JULY 2019 ISSUE | Vol. 17
“Teamwork makes the dream work!”
That famous phrase was originally coined by John Maxwell and is oh so true for almost everything in life. Much greater things can be achieved by working together versus going it alone.
As a non-profit the Greater Bellingham Running Club depends on this wonderful community of people. GBRC would not exist without it’s members and all the people who volunteer to keep it running.
This club is extremely grateful to all the people and local businesses who continue to make donations in many different ways. GBRC is a real treasure in the realm of running clubs. As you probably already know the club gives back to the community in a multitude of ways. Volunteers are provided for other popular local events when needed, races are affordable for everyone and spaced out over the year to keep us racing consistently, and the network of members who get things done is priceless!
Truly it’s a labor of love combined with the passion for healthy living that has kept this club going since 1976. A lot of things have changed since the club was first created and it seems as if life in general has become much more complicated. Now more than ever we need the kind of community that is sustained by the existence of this club.
The club also wants to grow with flow which often means changing with the times.
GBRC has experienced a large amount of growth in the past couple years and we would like to Thank Everyone for contributing to this organization. If you would like to get more involved with the club please reach out to any of the board members listed on the gbrc.net website. We would love to have more people more involved in keeping the club running. The GBRC dream works because of all the people who continue to work as a team growing something Greater together.
Speaking of teamwork…have you run any relay races lately? It’s a great way to hit home on that feeling of team work making the dream work. It is awesome to be a part of a team (as all of you members who have run Ragnar races already know). The Lake Padden Relay Race is coming up and it’s a great way to test out the relay waters and the joy of team efforts!
Lake Whatcom Park—
Volunteer Trail Work Party
Sat. Sept. 21, 2019 at 9:00am
Whatcom County Parks & Recreation is having a Volunteer Work Party on Saturday, September 21, 2019 (meeting at the trailhead at 9:00am). GBRC is hoping to give back to the trails through volunteering for the event. We’ll be working on new trail development at Lake Whatcom Park. We will be building on work completed the previous week. Activities include clearing brush, debris and logs, and digging new trail tread. Other volunteer opportunities are available throughout the summer.
Day of event information can be found on the Whatcom County’s website here.
Join us for GBRC’s New Weekly Trail Run!
GBRC Weekly Trail Run
Locations will vary each week
Every Monday evening
Runs start at 6:30pm
We will have Facebook updates to let members know each week’s run details.
ALL PACES WELCOME!
Note: Please bring your headlamp until the days start to get longer.
GBRC Track Workouts are Back
Don’t miss out. Workouts are every Wednesday at the WWU track until further notice.
These workouts are FREE to current GBRC members. There is no limit—the MORE, the merrier!
ALL PACES WELCOME!
Lake Padden Relay
Saturday, August 31st
You may run this race solo, four times around the 2.59 mile course, or you may have a team of up to four people.
Click here to register
Online registration opens July 1, 2019 and closes August 28, 2019 at 10:00pm (PST). There is day of registration, but it is highly recommended that you register ahead of time.
The Blanchard Beast
10 Mile Trail Race
Saturday, October 19th
Blanchard State Forest
Click here to register
Race registration will be open until Thursday, October 17th at 11:59pm.
Bellingham Bay Marathon
Sunday, September 29th
Full, Half, 10K, 5K, Relay
GBRC Member Discount:Current GBRC members may use the code RUNBBM19 for 15% off of any of the races.
Run Like a Girl Half Marathon and 10K
Saturday, October 19th
For the most fun you’ll ever have running a few miles, try Run Like a Girl Half Marathon or 10K. This non-competitive event combines the beauty of the Interurban Trail with themed aid station, surprises and plenty of fun. We are all inclusive—women, men, dogs, costumed dinosaurs–are all encouraged to participate. And don’t forget the optional Friday night Shindig!
100% of proceeds from both events go to Girls on the Run scholarships for Whatcom County girls.
GBRC Member Discount: GBRC members can use coupon code SMILEto save $5.00!
Chuckanut Foot Race Recap 2019
This year’s Foot Race started off a little slow due to a train delay of about 10 minutes. Once started, the event was, shall we say…off and running! The weather was absolutely prefect for a run in the forest.
We had runners of all ages ranging in age from age 8 to age 84 for a total of 336 finishers. Most of our runners weren’t even born when this run started 51 years ago. Thanks to all our participants young and old for keeping this event alive and well.
At the finish, the air was filled with good spirt from runners just happy to be finished to others making their goal time. It was an atmosphere of fun and laughter with plenty of hospitality, music and awards for the top age group finishers. Our overall winners were…Robert Jr Aguilera (1st) 39:02.9, Peter Ellis (2nd) 39:14.9, Emmett Hogan (3rd) 39:52.1, Courtney Olsen was our 1st Female finisher (6th Overall) 42:55.1, Sierra Brisky was our 2nd Female finisher (14th Overall) 46:22.6 and Alma McMurtry was our 3rd Female finisher (17th Overall) 47:41.6.
A Big Thank You goes out to our supporters who helped make this year’s Race Possible!
Presenting: Fairhaven Runners & Walkers
Gold Level: The Blue Abode Bar Barkley Village and Farmers Insurance Jewel Agency
Silver Level: Fitness Evolution ,Taco Lobo, Oxford Suites, Green’s Corner, 5 B’s Bakery, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center and Swinomish Casino & Lodge
Bronze Level: REI, Chuckanut Brewery, Fidalgo Coffee and Fred Myers
Yes, it was a prefect day for a Run in the Forest! We plan on doing it again next year July 11, 2020 for the 52nd time. So mark your calendars and we hope to see you there.
– Larry & Les, RD’s
Where did you grow up and if not in Bellingham what brought you to Bellingham?
I grew up in Bothell and spent about 10 years living in Seattle, too. I’d always wanted to become a teacher, so I moved to Bellingham for winter quarter 2014 at WWU for the Masters in Teaching program.
How long have you lived in Bellingham?
I’ve now been in Bellingham almost six years!
When did you first start running and what influenced you to start running?
I started running in 2010 as a coping strategy for an unpleasant job situation. I was working at Washington Mutual Bank during the dark days of the Great Recession and got the ax after the bank failure and merger with Chase. I was stressed out, and I knew I needed to do something to get my health back on track. One day, I ran around the block in my neighborhood and afterward, I felt awesome. I couldn’t run very far, but the sense of accomplishment and calm afterward helped me turn the page on a rough patch. I started running more and more, and gradually increased my distance. I’d never enjoyed running before, so it was a whole new chapter for me. (I was still traumatized by the one mile Friday Fun Run in junior high.)
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.
My initial reason for running was stress reduction, and to have time to think. It was my “me time.” Now running is such a social activity for me that I can’t believe how much I used to run alone! I love running with my husband, Brock, and we cook up ideas for outdoor adventures on the run. During group runs I talk all the time! I used to talk too much at the Wednesday night track workouts. I got a good tip from our very wise coach that my running would improve if I talked less during speed work and put that energy into harder running! I’ve really improved since I cut back on socializing during the workout! I still talk a lot, though–just between intervals now.
What is your favorite race/run distance and why?
I love trail half marathons. It’s the perfect distance for me to get warmed up, get into my groove, and try to push hard at the end. My favorite race is the Baker Lake Classic 25K. I’ve run it every year since it got started, and have improved my time each year! I love the excitement of trying to beat my prior year’s time. I have a fresh appreciation for the 5K, too. I set a new PR at the Haggen to Haggen this year and surprised myself. Running that hard is tough! The weekly track workouts have really paid off.
Tell us how you first heard about GBRC and how long have you been a member?
When I moved to Bellingham in December 2013, I browsed online for running groups and GBRC popped up. I immediately joined the club and my first race was the Lake Samish 6.5. I started the track workouts soon thereafter, and I’ve been attending ever since!
Which is your favorite GBRC Event and why?
I love the Chuckanut Foot Race! I live close to The Interurban, so I hav fun running those familiar trails, and the hills challenge me to keep my momentum. Blasting down into Larrabee is such a great feeling. And of course, I have to try and beat my time every year! I also enjoy the Members’ Picnic and Prediction Run every summer. It’s a great time to mingle and laugh with other club members.
What is the main reasons/reason why you are still a member of GBRC?
I’ve made such great friends in Bellingham since I moved here, and so much of my social life is connected to running activities. The support of the running community has been essential to my development as a runner, and as a more balanced person. I hope to be running my whole life.
Are there any other fun things you would like to share about your life as a runner?
I regret that I didn’t start running earlier. I am making up for it now! I had no idea how much it would shape my life for the better. I saw a cool t-shirt design recently. It said, “Yes, I do have a retirement plan. I will be running!” I love that! I hope that’s me in the future.