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Birch Bay Marathon

Birch Bay, WA

Race Dates

2018: Sunday, February 11, 2018
2017: Sunday, February 12, 2017

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

2017: 77 Finishers
2016: 61 Finishers
2015: 68 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 11.7%
2016: 9.8%
2015: 11.8%

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 516th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 468th largest in 2015.

This 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 216th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 58th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 98.57 ranks it as the 254th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 20th 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 191st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 17th 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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