Runners, take your marks: Birch Bay Marathon hits the streets Sunday

Published on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Runners of all shapes and sizes will once again be traversing the roads surrounding Birch Bay State Park during the 44th annual Birch Bay Marathon on Sunday.

The marathon and half-marathon will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, looping its way through the state park, with the start/finish line situated midway through the park along Birch Bay Drive. The full marathon is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon in April.

Local marathon runner Jim Pearson started the race in 1968, and Jim’s son, Joel, now directs it. Runners can still register at a cost of $80 for the half-marathon and $100 for the full, but there is no day-of registration.

Volunteers are still needed to help on the day of the race. There will be a meeting of volunteers on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Cafe, 7608 Birch Bay Drive. Volunteers will meet at the cafe at 7 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, to prepare for the day’s festivities.

For more information or to register online, visit www.birchbaymarathon.com.