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Birch Bay Marathon

Birch Bay, WA

Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Multiple Out and Backs
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 41°F (5°C)
Average High: 49°F (9°C)
Average Low: 33° F (0°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.57
Course Score: 98.57

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 77 Finishers
2016: 61 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 11.7%
2016: 9.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Birch Bay Marathon course is generally flat to very gently rolling, with the exception of a very short steep climb (about 30 feet) at the start of Harborview Rd., and a long gradual climb (330 feet) around miles 5 to 6.

Most of the course lies on the waterfront, with views over the water towards the mountains of Canada.

The road surface is smoothly paved and flat to very lightly cambered.

Marathon Rankings

The Birch Bay Marathon was the 403rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 501st largest in 2016.

Last year 11.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Birch Bay Marathon the 161st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 209th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.57 ranks it as the 264th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 21st fastest course in Washington.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Birch Bay Marathon a PR Score of 98.57. This PR Score ranks it as the 201st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 19th fastest in Washington.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 215 feet (65m)
Min Elevation: 9 feet (2m)


Ratings & Reviews: None

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