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::My first Birch Bay Marathon/Half experience::

Just out in front of the visitor center about 20 minutes before race start.

Just out in front of the visitor center about 20 minutes before race start.

These small venue races continue to grab me.  Despite the usual small scale problems, I just love the uniqueness that each race brings.  After my first US race experience almost three years back at Lake Samish, I think this might be my new favorite half marathon route.  Almost flat the whole way, with one mean hill at about mile 6  and few little ones to break it up at bit, it just has a taste of everything.   My actual race was fun and will definity look at to do it again i the future but I had my share of problems before the running shoes even go on.

After a longer then normal boarder wait, then just getting to pick up my race bib in time( which they didn’t have) then getting caught in the state park for peeing in public and not paying for parking.  I would say I really enjoyed the experience.  I couldn’t tell you the numbers for racers, but I am guess 200-300 between both the full and half marathon ( Boston Approved by the way).

Since it was my first go at it, I had know idea were to go.  I studied the maps but once your out there and the blood is going, I went a little blank.  I had to ask the police were to go on almost all the turns and a few times I almost made a wrong turn.  My favorite was the grump policeman that said I was a cheater because I was going to miss going around the cones.  Which I went back around;)

One of the top ladies coming into the finish.  Sh'es about .2 miles out from the line.

One of the top ladies coming into the finish. Sh’es about .2 miles out from the line.

I spent almost the whole race about a half a mile behind first place and third was about the same, going at it on a solo mission.  The scenery is great, and since the weather was near perfect for February  I was able to see a lot.  Coming back on the flat road and looking out into the ocean was a nice back drop to finish off the race.  Its too bad that there are two other races going on in BC the week before and the same week or else I could see a lot more Canadians coming down.  About 45 bucks gets you entered, shirt included.  This year it wasn’t chipped but I do believe it has been in the past if or when enough runners are entered.  My watch gave me a 1:20- :21 which I believe was second best.  I’m looking forward to the spring to get back down to get some solid triathlon training in down there with the camper.

Little side note, I was unaware of this man but he was there-In full gear too.  Marathon Man–Sorry I didn’t have my camera…

Event website.

You run along most of the coastline with a view like this one...The winds stayed away.  Wasn't even an issue.

You run along most of the coastline with a view like this one…The winds stayed away. Wasn’t even an issue.