April 1st, 2023
about the Birch Bay Road Race
Birch Bay Road Race offers a 5k, 15k and 30k distance–something for everyone! Run along the beautiful shores of Birch Bay at the Birch Bay Road Race! You’ll spot eagles and herons as you run or walk along these amazing courses. Birch Bay is a seaside village close to the Canadian border, just two hours from Seattle and an hour and a half from Vancouver, BC. Stay at Semiahmoo Resort and make a weekend out of it! Running groups and teams are invited to sign up for the Club Challenge. Walkers are welcome.
Environmentally Responsible Racing
Save a Tee Plant a Tree
Trees not Tees help events reduce their environmental impact with one simple strategy – offering participants the choice of turning down a free race tee and planting a tree instead.
Orca Running is partnering with Trees not Tees to help reduce the huge number of unwanted and unworn finisher’s tees produced each year and destined to become landfill.
After the event, participants who selected the option to have a tree planted receive a photo and GPS coordinates of their tree’s location.
Please note that all registrations are non-refundable. Be sure to review our race policies.
Prices do not include processing fees. Online pre-registration closes the day before the race at 8:00pm.
If you’re planning on doing multiple Orca Running races in a year, consider using our Bundle and Save!
Please note the new information on bib pickup below under ‘Packet Pickup’. Bibs will only be available on race morning for pickup.
proudly serving Nuun on course
Views abound as the beautiful course is run along the shores of Birch Bay while the crisp sea air fills your lungs.
There will be aid stations on the course serving water, Clif Gels, and Nuun electrolyte drink. 15k runners will hit the aid stations at approximately 1.75, 3.75, 5.5, and 7.5 miles. 30k runners will hit aid stations at approximately 1.75, 3.75, 5.5, 7.5, 9.5, 11, 13, 15, and 16.5 miles. There are no aid stations on the 5k course, but plenty of food and drink after you’re done running.
Orca Running is committed to reducing waste and protecting the environment. As part of this commitment, we are making all events cupless. The tiny little cups that are used for an instant generate tremendous amounts of garbage. We recommend you purchase a handheld bottle, a hydration pack, or we can provide you with a small re-useable cup that folds easily into your waistband to use during the entire race and future races.
Overall awards will be given to the top 3 male, female, and non-binary runners based off of gun time not chip time. So, you should start in the front of the pack for your distance. We also give out age group awards in 5 year increments, so be sure to check your results at the Orca Running tent. We DO NOT MAIL OUT AWARDS after the race, they must be picked up at the race.
Start Line Parking: Birch Bay Water Slides across the street from the Start Line.
Click here to receive a special participant discount at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort the weekend of the race!
There are many features that create the quintessential Washington State resort getaway. If outdoor adventure is a must, then the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest can’t be topped. If the desire is a host of amenities that deliver comfort and relaxation, then you need the relief of a cozy and convenient retreat. Semiahmoo Resort checks all those boxes, and more.
We have a clear set of policies that we uniformly follow for all races. Entries are not refundable, but you can defer your entry, transfer it to another race, or transfer it to another participant. You can review our full set of policies here.
Free gear check is available at the Birch Bay Road Race. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing drop bags, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAG. We will have identification tags for you to use.
Our charity partner for the Birch Bay Road Race is the Blaine High School Booster Club! The dollars donated go to support various programs for students. Say hi to the amazing and friendly volunteers that support the race every year!
All race bibs will be available for pickup on race morning, please consult the schedule below for times.
race day schedule
7:00am: Packet pick-up opens
8:00am: 30k Start
8:15:am: 15k Start
8:30am: 5k Start
1:00pm: All courses closed; any participants still out on the course are welcome to continue, however aid stations will be removed and finish line area dismantled.
Please note: In general, we do not pull anyone off a race course, as long as they are moving forward with determination, under their own power. However, we reserve the right to remove any participants from the race course as needed, based upon weather conditions, assessment of the participant’s physical condition, and other reasons.
Q: How can I confirm that I am signed up?
The best thing to check first is to look in your email inbox for a confirmation email from RunSignUp for the race in question. You can also look up your registration in your RunSignUp account by logging into your account then go to your “Profile” page where you can view your current registrations under Upcoming Events. Click HERE for more information on accessing a registration in RunSignUp.
Q: How can I confirm what shirt size I ordered?
A: Your t-shirt size that you selected appears on your confirmation email. If you did not receive your confirmation email, try checking your spam folder.
Q: I cannot participate! What are my options?
Q: I cannot participate, but I would still like to pick up my swag. Can I pick it up?
A: Yes. You can send a friend or family member to packet pickup to get your race packet & swag.
Q: Are walkers welcome?
A: Absolutely yes!
Q: Are dogs welcome?
A: No, dogs are not allowed to participate in the Birch Bay Road Race. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.
Q: Are strollers welcome?
A: Strollers are not allowed at Birch Bay Road Race.
Q: What time does the course close?
A: The course closes at 1:00pm.
Q: Will there be porta-potties at the start/finish? What about out on the course?
A: There will be porta-potties available at the start line and finish line area. There will be porta-potties out on the course at several areas.
Q: When does online registration close?
A: Online registration will close at 8:00pm on March 31, 2023
Q: What/who does this race benefit?
A: Birch Bay Road Race supports the Blaine High School Booster Club. The volunteers on the course are raising funds for their annual trips to Central America.
Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?
A: Yes! You do not need anything special to have someone else pick up your packet. Just be sure to coordinate!
Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?
A: If the race is not sold out, yes you can register in-person. You can pay with cash (exact change only), check, or credit card.
Q: Is there gear check?
A: Yes! Free gear check is available at the Birch Bay Road Race. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing drop bags, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAG. We will have identification tags for you to use.