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August 2018 ISSUE | Vol. 11

GBRC gives back more with the help of our community's local businesses.

It is GBRC’s goal to make running accessible and inviting to everyone. As a 100% volunteer-driven non-profit organization this club is truly maintained and sustained by not only it’s members but by partnerships with local business’s. As a community of people who understand the value of connecting people through running there are a wide variety of ways that GBRC has extra support to encourage the sport. Our partnership with Haggen Grocery Stores for the Annual Haggen to Haggen 5K run is just one more way we are able to give more back to the local community.

GBRC has received gracious donations from many local businesses enabling the club to fund several running related programs in different ways throughout the years. One of these partnerships has evolved over time into a consistent symbiotic relationship where everyone benefits. Times are changing and life continues to get more expensive so the club has been working to adapt to the changing circumstances as best as possible. 

Currently we are working on streamlining the process for the programs made possible by the partnership with Haggen. Every year after the Haggen to Haggen 5k GBRC receives a generous donation that is specifically put towards two key programs: Scholarships for College-bound High School students who love to run and shoe vouchers for low-income students who need assistance with purchasing proper running shoes. 

As a club we are hoping to spread the word that these programs are available and our goal is to make the information more easily accessible. Please stay tuned for updates to the website which will have more information about these two wonderful programs and will include a downloadable version of the Scholarship application for 2019.

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Haggen & our partnership with them, this has also allowed us to give more personal financial support direct from the club to other programs like Girls on the Run and the YMCA Trailblazers. Overall we are able to give back more in more ways to this awesome community, creating more opportunities for people from all walks of life to discover and enjoy the myriad benefits of running.

Running with Whatcom Land Trust

You've probably run through many parks and trails created or touched by the important work of Whatcom Land Trust without even knowing it. Since 1984, the Land Trust has been working with land owners, businesses and local government to LOVE THIS LAND, working to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship. They strive to protect natural assets that promote the well-being of all the county’s inhabitants.

Whatcom Land Trust Video
Thirteen Whatcom County parks are made up of land that was donated or obtained through The Trust. Below are just a few of the astounding running destinations Whatcom Land Trust has helped create and preserve.
The Stimpson Family Nature Reserve Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve
Near Sudden Valley, Stimpson offers plenty of cover to keep you cool in the summer and dryer in the rainy months when you run through 4 miles of this largely undisturbed old-growth forest. Douglas fir trees over 400 years old plus lakes and streams, waterfowl, mushrooms and plenty of variety will keep your run feeling fresh. For another four miles of trails and about 800 feet of elevation gain, check out Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve just across Lake Louise Road from Stimpson. The Trust maintains the trailhead portion and you can appreciate the view from the top and on the Waterfall Loop Trail.
Lake Whatcom Park
In 2014, approximately 8,800 acres of second growth forest and stream habitat on the east and west sides of Lake Whatcom were transferred from the Department of Natural Resources into conservation easement to Whatcom County. That move created the seventh largest local park in the U.S. It also protected the park from potential logging and mining and moved decision-making to the county level.
The County intends to manage the area for non-motorized recreation with running, hiking, biking, and horseback trails that connect neighborhoods and communities while developing a mature old growth forest ecosystem. 
The newest Chanterelle Trailoffers two to three miles of trails to explore depending on where you park. 
If you haven’t already, check out all the county parksand explore each one knowing that Whatcom Land Trust was instrumentally involved with many of your favorites like Teddy Bear CovePoint Whitehorn Marine Reserveand Squires Laketo name a few.
Skookum Creek and Governors Point on the Horizon
Two of the Trust’s latest projects include Skookum Creekand Governors Point. In their earliest phases, these projects could present future opportunities for running and hiking.
Embed Skookum Creek video
Get Involved
There are many ways to support and become a part of Land Trust team to further their mission.  
Whatcom Land Trust is honored to do this good, hard work for this community, protecting natural spaces for generations of runners to come.

3 Marathon/Half Marathon
Success Secrets

Running Tips from the Fit School

Training for a marathon or half marathon is an exciting adventure. Having trained hundreds of runners to injury free, successful races, I have found 3 key strategies to racing success.

1. Increase your weekly mileage by only 10% or less. Most people get excited about their goal to run a marathon or half marathon and go all out. If you stick with the 10% mileage increase or less, you are more likely to avoid injury and enjoy the training process.

2. Eat foods, gels, and/or sports drinks that you have used during training. Keep your eating consistent with what you always eat before and during your regular training runs. If you always eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich one-hour before your long training run and drink a certain brand and flavor of sports drink during your run, do the exact same thing on race day.  (I've learned this from experience!)   

3.  TAPER! I am a big fan of tapering. Having fresh legs and replenished body fuel is a key component to having a great race. When training for a marathon or half marathon, your longest run should be three or four weeks out from race day. Two weeks before your race, your long run distance should be half of your longest run. One week before your race, your long run should be one quarter the distance or less of your longest run. This allows your body to replace all glycogen stores and your legs to feel fresh on race day.

Lastly, remember to enjoy your marathon or half marathon. You may make some mistakes, but being part of an event, pushing yourself to your goal, and enjoying the experience is what it is all about. 

Let’s do this!
Coach Carol Frazey
The Fit School, Inc.

GBRC's Newest Trail Race!

We are excited to announce we are adding a NEW trail race October 20th! The Blanchard Beast 10 Mile Trail Race will be FREE for GBRC members and $30 for non-GBRC members who pre-register. Registration is now open and will close on October 18th.

The race offers an exciting, wooded run with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This race offers something in-between a 10K and a half marathon for those who are interested in pushing their max distances or as a training run for something bigger. There will be two aid stations throughout the course.

Click Here to Register

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Are you a Fred Meyer Customer?

You are now able to link your rewards card to your favorite nonprofit (GBRC) by following the link below. Whenever you use your rewards card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping GBRC earn a donation from Fred Myers. If you do not have a Rewards Card,you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk at any Fred Meyer store.

Frequently asked questions >

Re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now >

Click Here for More Info

Newsletter Submissions

Do you have a running-related story or information to share?

If so please email Joy so she doesn’t have to come up with something else to write for the next gazette!

Joy would love to have someone else write the Feature Story for the upcoming editions.

Articles limited to 555-ish words and one photo.

Questions and Submissions can be emailed to THANK YOU!!!

Lake Padden Relay
4 Person X 2.6 mile or Individual 10.35 mile Run

Click Here to Register

Sat. Sept. 1, 2018
East Lake Padden Park
Bellingham, WA

Click Here for More Details

Online Registration closes Aug. 30th at 10:00pm

Day of Registration opens at 8:00-9:40am
(If spots are still available.)

Rates Increase for Non-Members on day of to $20.00 Solo/ $40.00 any Team that includes a non-member.

Free to Members on day of

Trail Build Day

Join us for the GBRC sponsored Whatcom County Trail Work Party on Sept. 22nd. We hope you all will consider joining us as well as a friend. This is a great way to give back to our community by supporting Whatcom County Parks and at the same time support our Club by getting us involved in community projects. 

We'll be building on work completed the previous week at Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve. Activities include clearing brush, debris and logs, and digging new trail tread.

Last year we only had 4 of us come out for this event. We are hoping for a minimum of at least 12 this year. So please consider joining us and if you can’t make it, encourage a friend to do so.

Click Here to Register

Blanchard Beast
10 Mile Trail Run

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Blanchard State Forest
Sat. Oct 20, 2018

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Bellingham Bay Marathon

All current GBRC members receive 15% off by using the code GBRC18 when registering online.
Register Online Here

Sat. Sept. 30, 2018
Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
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Alanna Steele

Where are you from?
I am a Bellinghamster, born and raised! Bellingham is a perfect place to live for a runner—so many beautiful trails to run on.

What do you love most about running?
Running allows me to reflect on life and discover ideas I've never thought about otherwise. I feel like the best ideas I've had were created on my runs. Running is what I like to call my "meditation time."

When did you first get into running?
I first got into running when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I wanted to run with my mom in the mornings before she went to work, so one day I woke up at 5 a.m. to go running with her on the Sehome Arboretum. After that initial run, I decided to stick with my mom's morning running routine, and it just became a habit.

How did you hear about GBRC?
My mom signed me up for community 5k races as a young girl, many of those races were put on by the GBRC, so you could say I've been a GBRC member since I was 9. Those GBRC races fueled my love for competitive running at a young age.

What is your next big event?
My next big event will be the Blanchard Beast coming up in October.

Favorite brand of running shoes?
Favorite trail shoe is the Brooks PureGrit 7.

Preferred race distance?
Half marathons are my favorite distance! 5k and 10k races seem too short for me now. 

Anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
Part of the reason why I love living in Bellingham is because of this running community. Most of my friends here are runners and I couldn't imagine my life without this running community. Thank you GBRC for all your work! 

Track Workouts Still Going Strong!

Take advantage of this awesome member benefit!
Every Wednesday at WWU Track from 6:00–7:00pm (until further notice)

ALL paces welcome!!! Also, friendly encouragement! Must be a CURRENT GBRC member.

Check out our Facebook page for updates and more info.
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