Alger Alp Half/5 mile

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Half Marathon and 5 mile race 
All finishers receive custom finisher's medal!
Registration on ultrasignup opens Jan. 3, 2014.  REGISTER HERE
Mark Harding on his way to a 6th place finish in the 25K
Registration: sign up for 5 mile or Half Marathon: REGISTER HERE. Registration for 2014 opens Jan. 3, 2014.
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Half: $55
5 mile: $35
Kid's race: free
Add $10 for day of race registration.  Bellingham Trail Running Club members get $5 coupon.  For more information on membership, visit BTRC.  Email me at for the coupon code.  Code is the same for all the races.

Donations: Race benefits Girls on the Run Whatcom County!

Series Scoring: Both the 5 mile and Half Marathon score for points in the series.
Beaver Pond
Race Distances: 5 mile, 13.1 mile, both start at 10am
Kid's Race: 1k, starts at 9:30am, free!

Directions to the Start: The start will be at the Squires Lake Trailhead, on Old Highway 99.   From either North or South I-5, take I-5 Exit #242 and drive east 3/4 of a mile to the well-signed trailhead "Squires Lake Trailhead" and parking area.

Parking: As usual, parking close to the start is limited.  Carpooling is highly recommended.  Parking will be along Old HWY 99.  Arrive early enough that you can park and walk to the start and pick up your bib number.

Start: All races start at 10am at the Squires Lake Trailhead.  Kid's race starts at 9:30am (1k)

Check In/ Day of Race Registration/ Bib Pickup: 8:30-9:45.  All runners must check in and pick up their race bibs.  We will have day of race registration, add $10 to race fee.

About the Course: Alger Alp, aka "Little Baldy" is a super cool peak right by the city of Alger.  For those of you who don't know Alger, it's just South of Bellingham, about a 15 minute drive.  The peak reaches 1,293 feet and has an incredible view of Mt. Baker on a clear day.
Alger Alp in the foreground, with Mt. Baker in the background
5 mile Info: The 5 mile race climbs up to Squires lake, then continues up to the top of Alger Alp.  This is a really fun climb with incredible views of Mt. Baker.  After climbing Alger Alp, runners will descend and run around the Beaver Pond and Squires Lake to finish at the Squires Lake Trail head Parking Lot off Old Hwy 99.  Elevation gain is 1,300 feet for the 5 mile race.

Half Marathon Info: Same start time as 5 mile (10am).  The Half distance will be a double climb up Alger Alp and a short out and back on the PNW trail.  The 5 mile course is just over 5 miles (5.2), so the 25k will be 15.6  miles.   Runners will climb up Alger Alp and descend back into the parking lot at Squires Lake Trail head where there will be an aid station and then head back up the mountain for a second and final repeat.  Elevation gain for the Half is 2,900 feet.  See maps and Garmin info at the bottom of this post for more information on the course.

Aid: No aid for the 5 mile distance during the race, but we will have plenty of post race refreshments.
The Half Marathon will have aid at mile 5. 

Post Race Refreshments: We will have post race food and drinks for all runners!

Volunteers/Race for Free: Volunteer at one BTRS race and get into a BTRS race for free!  You can also bring a friend or family member to volunteer to receive free registration.  Email us for more information at

Awards: Medals for first, second and third place male and female finishers in the 5 mile and half marathon. No age group medals.  All finisher's receive custom finisher's medal.

Shirts and Hoodies: Cut off date to order a shirt/hoody is March 28, you can order one when you sign up for the race via Ultrasignup. We will have a few extra shirts and hoodies on hand. New for this race are our BTRS trucker hats!  Bring cash/check $20 if you want one. We have a limited supply!
Shirts: Long sleeve, gender specific Patagonia Capilene $39.  Shirts are not included in your entry fee, you must purchase them separately.  Shirt is a "Alger Alp" logo on front and BTRS logo on the back. 
Hoodies: $45.  The comfiest, coolest sweatshirt around!  Black, unisex sizing with Bellingham Trail Running Series Logo on the front and the BTRS races listed on the back.  Beware: you may not wear anything else after you put this sweatshirt on!

MAPS: You are responsible for knowing the course.  We will mark the course very well with ribbons and signs, but there is always the possibility that someone will tamper with markers, you might run past a key turn, or that you might still come to an intersection where you are unsure how to proceed. Studying the maps can keep you from getting off course on race day!

Course Map:

Trail 1000 from PNW Trail to Alger Alp
Pictures from the 2012 race: 
Runners at Squires Lake
In the Woods
Winners in each Race

2013 Alger Alp Photos.

2012 Results
5 mile

25k winners: Jodee Adams-Moore (also 5 mile female winner) and Daniel Gamble
Mackenzie Cameron, 5 mile male winner
Having more fun than ever... 2013's unusual snow storm
Caroline Schuman, female 50k winner

Here is my Garmin info.  Please note that I enjoyed some of the scenic overlooks, the best map to determine the course are the maps above.  The Garmin info will give you a good indication of the elevation change.
For the 5 mile: 1,300 feet gain.  Half: 2,900 feet of climbing