GBRC Gazette MAR 2018 Issue

MARCH 2018 ISSUE | Vol. 6

Prize Money

Honeywagon Runs

The Honeywagon runs are coming up and you may be wondering why you would want to do a race with a name that is associated with trucks that carry some of the stinkiest kind of waste. Just remember that often times the portable toilets seen at races are some of the most popular places and it is pretty much a fact of life that all living creatures have to do-doo. Fortunately for us, people have come up with clever ways to deal with all kinds of excrement. Better yet, wait until you hear the story behind the origins of this classic gbrc race.

Honeywagon runs were founded in 1982 by Dick Henrie who recently retired from Bellingham’s Parks Department—Dick was the Race director for about 4 years. As you may have guessed the name comes from what dairy farmers call “Honey-wagons” and back then they were often wagons with a tank full of cow waste mixed with water that was towed by a tractor.

Since this event takes place out in farm country, in the early years, often times the honey-wagons would be fertilizing the fields during the event. Being out on county roads there were always a handful of runners who got splashed with or stepped in honey-wagon juice. Yuck! However those unfortunate runners always ended up with a gift certificate at the end. (Talk about a crappy way to win something.) Thanks to the new trucks that they still call “Honey-wagons” there’s now much less risk of getting messy during this event.

The event took place at Nooksack Middle School up until 2017 when it was moved to Riverside Park due to school construction. Tom and Mary Lou Jones took over as Race Directors for 5 years after Dick Henry, followed by Terry and Kerry Thalafer who Directed it for 13 years. Vicki Griffiths and Kim Boon took over after them and directed it for 7 years until Larry Lober and Rex Hall took it over in 2012. Since Rex will be out of town during the event this year Larry will be flying solo for his 7th year.

Now that you know the Honeywagon Runs history lets get to why you want to participate in these runs out at Riverside Park in Everson. The courses are mostly flat on country roads and the 1/2 marathon course is USTAF certified. The coolest thing about this event is no longer the chance that you may get sprayed with manure, it’s that you can actually win real money by running! Thanks to Larry’s idea to up the ante, here’s the deal:

  • $100.00 for New Record Half Marathon Female/Male
  • $50.00 for New Course Record 4 Mile Run Female/Male

Holy crap! Can you believe it? Cold hard cash for doing something that has so many health benefits already. Honey wagons are a stinky fact of life but money is a good motivator to maybe push yourself a little further beyond what you may normally do. Either way I assure you the Honeywagon Runs are great way to spend a Saturday!

Hot Date? Feeling Stood up…

Have you ever had a hot date that didn’t show up?

Imagine how excited you were to have plans with someone. You made reservations for two but then…they never showed up.

How would that make you feel? Yeah, it’s kinda lame.

Please think of our race directors and volunteers as your hot date and don’t leave them stranded waiting for you at the race place. Let them know if something came up and you can’t make it. Or if you’re uncertain if you can make it to a race, wait and register on the day of the event.

3 out of the 37 people who registered but didn’t show up for Padden Mudfest let their hot date know that they couldn’t make it.

It would be much appreciated if you let the race director know when you aren’t able to make it to an event that you have registered for as soon as you can, that way they can plan accordingly. It will also help prevent unnecessary club spending for post race hospitality and will keep anyones feelings from potentially being hurt.

Thank you for considering this for future events and for being a part of this awesome community!

Newsletter Submissions

We’d Like to Hear YOUR Stories!

Would you like to share a personal running related story with this fabulous community? We are looking for running related articles for our Feature Story in upcoming editions of the GBRC Gazette.

Articles will be limited to 500 words and one photo.

Questions and Submissions can be emailed to

Shout Out for Certified Flaggers

The club is in need of 4 Certified Flaggers for the Chuckanut Foot Race coming up July 7th. If any members are Certified Flaggers or know of anyone who is please contact Larry Lober at

Compensation is negotiable so please contact Larry ASAP so we can get these positions filled. THANKS!

Interested in a Free Sports Massage?

Whatcom Community College is offering FREE (event type) sports massage to GBRC members. Event Sports Massage is shorter in duration (20-30 minutes) and conducted with clothes on (loose work out gear – preferably shorts and tank tops). The focus of this type message is to assist in recovery, increase flexibility and decrease pain and muscle tightness.

When: Thursday, April 19 between 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Massage lab in the Health Professional Education Center (475 West Stuart Road)

Sessions will be scheduled at 2:00pm, 2:40pm and 3:10pm. There will be slots for 39 massages.

For more info or to schedule a time slot contact Rhys Webb at

GBRC Honeywagon Runs
Half Marathon & 4 Mile

New for 2018! Half Marathon is a USATF Certified Course!

Sat. April 7, 2018
Riverside Park Everson, WA
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Remember! You can now bring your old running shoes to upcoming GBRC events and drop them off to be recycled by BBay Running’s Recycling Program.

GBRC Haggen to Haggen
5K Fun Run/Walk

Sat. May 5, 2018
Sehome Village Haggen Store
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There is NO race day registration.

The registration code for current GBRC members is GBRC18.

GBRC Padden Mudfest
Race Recap

Sun. Mar. 4, 2018
Lake Padden Park
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Trail Running

By Joy Love
The morning of the race the sun broke thru the gray skies as runners anticipated the mud bath that was to come with this magical run. However, this year was not nearly as cold nor as muddy as the previous year but the trails were as beautiful as usual. Familiar and new faces were abundant as member volunteers were busy making sure everything was ready to go as they attended to the usual day-of-race duties.

Race director Tjalling Ypma was in fine form after making sure the course was well marked and was interviewed by Leo Schumaker was also present to capture the whole Mudfest racing scene. If you haven’t seen it on facebook already you can view the 2018 Padden Mudfest video on his youtube channel, Leo’s Running and Racing.

I was there to run and take pictures so I had high hopes that my favorite mud puddle from last year was going to be in the same state of wetness. I passed the muckiest spot on the ridge thinking I would find a better place to stop and take some mud action photos only to find a totally dry trail where my puddle was supposed to be.

I hadn’t run this race for a couple years and I guess I forgot those minor (major) elevation details. I’m pretty sure some of those hills went straight to my head which put me in keep-moving-forward mode. Before I knew it I was at the finish line, pulsing with those fabulous running endorphins. It still felt like winter for sure so the post race cooling occurred rapidly and I raced for the down jacket I had stashed in my car after crossing the finish line. I don’t know about you but I’m excited that the warmth of spring is almost here.

Congratulations to the GBRC members who finished the Chuckanut 50K this weekend!

Robin Cutbill – 7:53:37 (1st in her division)
Peter Cutbill – 7:53:39
Heather Devires – 7:07:26
Sabrina Houck – 6:10:16
Andy Murray – 6:02:32
James Willson – 6:45:52

Julie Steele

Where are you from? and If not from the area how long have you been here? 
I was born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in Estes Park, Colorado. Before my junior year in college at CSU, my fiance came out of the closet before our wedding. So I decided to change life up and transferred to Western. I didn’t know anyone in Washington but always knew that I wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived in Bellingham since I was 22 years old. This is home.

What do you love most about running?
Being a trail runner, I love to explore the outdoors as I run with my dogs. I love forgetting that I’m running and taking in the views. I can’t imagine the summation of my outdoor experience on any given day being limited to walking between buildings and a vehicle.

When did you first get into running?
I started running track in middle school in Estes Park, Colorado. The boys got the regular track and the girls worked out at the rodeo grounds. Didn’t seem very fair. It was a half mile, cinder, horse track. Sprinting seemed boring, so I started running distance. When I got to high school, I ran the trails at Rocky Mountain National Park in the summers to prep for cross country season. We had three girls and 30 guys on our high school cross country team.  Those first two years, we had to run races with the boys. When I was a junior, we shifted to running races with girls only. But we still worked out with the guys. Those guys made us fast and I qualified for the Junior Olympics Cross Country Nationals in high school.

How did you hear about GBRC?
When I moved to Bellingham, I started running local races and, viola, I ran my first GBRC race. It has been my ongoing favorite, “Two for the Road.” I became even more committed to running after having a couple babies and wanting to get into better shape. I didn’t want to be a sedentary mom. So I started running the GBRC Wednesday night speed workouts and met some extraordinary, life-long friends from that group. Twenty plus years later, I still run next to some of the same incredible people. You become who you keep company with in life!

What is your next big event?
I used to be a race junkee of sorts.  Now that I’m in my 50s, my focus has shifted.  I look forward to trail races, but I’m training to stay in shape for backpack trips. Last year, I backpacked the Grand Canyon, Olympics, Washington Coast, and Narrows/Virgin River at Zion National Park. This year, I’m going to be doing the Wonderland Trail, the Enchantments and sections of the PCT. Trail running makes one strong for the epic backpack trips.

Favorite brand of running shoes?
Although I backpack in Hokas (great for the joints in downhills), I trail run in the Swiss made “On” shoes. Grateful Fairhaven Runners introduced me to these trail shoes.

Preferred race distance?
I used to run marathons and trail ultras. But now I’m faced with the big picture—I want to be running when I’m in my 70s, so I want to save myself. 5ks to 10ks are the perfect race distance.

Anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
Over the years, I have so appreciated the spirited and kind individuals I have met through the GBRC. It’s a great community.