Beach Camp and Trail Running Extravaganza
Sucia Island was an incredible kick off to the 2019 season. 24 runners showed up for 2 nights of beach camping and a solid day a trail run-xploring. The island didn’t disappoint! We saw sea otters, sea cucumbers, sea stars, herons, jelly fish, oysters, and all kinds of intertidal life. Join us in 2020 for more island vibes.
- Friday through Sunday, June 5-7, 2020
Sucia is known as the jewel of the San Juan Islands. It’s home to tide pools aplenty, remote beaches, abundant sea life, and sunsets that defy description. Complete the trip with delicious meals, a quiver of paddle boards and kayaks, and some stunning island running thrown in for good measure…it’s guaranteed to be incredible.
Friday, Day 1: Boat Taxi to Sucia
We’ll meet at 4:00pm for a 4:45 sail at Outer Island Excursions personal pier on Orcas Island. These times are tentative as, the WA State Ferry Schedule for June 2020 has not been published. It’s a short sail from Orcas to the moorings at Fossil Bay and from the landing it’s a short walk from to the group camp where we’ll be hanging out for the weekend.
Saturday, Day 2: 5-20 Miles of Trail Running + Paddle Sports
Sucia is a small island with a network of 10 miles of trails that extend to each of the island’s three rocky fingers. While this isn’t a lot of trail, given the out-and-back style of the terrain, one can easily rack up 15-20 miles exploring every corner of the island. With little elevation gain, the most challenging aspect of running on Sucia is the many distractions of tide pools, abundant wildlife, epic views of surrounding islands and Mt. Baker, and trails that lead to some of the most beautiful beaches imaginable. We’ve partnered with a local kayak outfitter to provide boats and paddle boards that will be available all weekend for exploring the shores and shoals of Sucia.
Sunday, Day 3: Morning Run/Paddle, Boat Taxi Home
After breakfast, morning runs, paddles, breaking camp and eating lunch we’ll catch our boat taxi around noon and arrive back to Orcas by1pm.
For topographical route information and a view of the islands trails, visit our Caltopo Map of Sucia Island.
Our Sucia basecamp will be staged out of the Fossil Bay group campground and group shelter. Aspire will provide a lively camp amenities for a remote but comfortable “glamp” style experience.
This trip convenes on Orcas Island. Aspire will operate a shuttle from the ferry landing on Orcas to our meeting location at Outer Island Excursion’s boat launch for those who want to walk onto the Orcas ferry from Anacortes. Aspire has chartered a water taxi that will transport runners and equipment between Orcas and Sucia Island.
Course Info Packet
For details about the trails, itinerary information, packing and gear lists, menu and dietary information, safety protocols, and trip policies, we’ve prepared a Sucia Island Course Info Packet. Share your email with us and we’ll send send you a link to the info.
Early Bird Registration: $400. Ends January 15th, 2019
Regular Registration: $450. Ends March 31st, 2020
Late Registration: $500. Closes May 31st, 2020
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Every year we have at least one runner who, due to injury, illness, or personal/familial circumstances, cannot participate in his or her registered trip. While registrations can be transferred, Aspire does not issue refunds. See our FAQ’s. We strongly encourage each runner to purchase 3rd party trip insurance that will reimburse the cost of registration in the event that he or she is unable to participate in the event.