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.
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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 from Gooseberry Point, just north of Bellingham, WA. It’s an hour on a private boat taxi to the moorings at Fossil Bay. From the there, a short walk from the water gets us to the group camp where we’ll establish a basecamp for the weekend.
Saturday, Day 2: 10-20 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, and packing lunches and breaking camp, we’ll catch our boat taxi at noon arriving back at Gooseberry Point around 1pm.
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 at Gooseberry point just north of Bellingham, WA. As no public ferries serve Sucia, we have chartered a water taxi that will transport runners and equipment to the island and back again.
Course Info Packet
For details about the trails, itinerary information, packing and gear lists, menu and dietary information, safety protocols, and trip policies, please check out the Sucia Island Course Info Packet.
Early Bird Registration: $300. Ends December 31st, 2018
Regular Registration: $350. Ends March 31st, 2019
Late Registration: $400. Closes May 27th, 2019
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.