The Blanchard Beast Trail Race

The 2022 Blanchard Beast Trail Race

Virtual – November 1 to 15th

The In-Person Blanchard Beast has been cancelled. A virtual option is available for those who signed up.

The Blanchard Beast is a GBRC trail race that is approximately 10 miles long. The race takes place on the trails of the Blanchard State Forest due South of Bellingham and 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.

2022 Virtual Race

Sadly we are unable to reschedule an in-person Blanchard Beast for this year, but we are going to offer a virtual option for those interested. Unfortunately timing was not in our favor; the road construction at Blanchard up to the Samish Overlook closed the Larry Reed Trail until today and starting around November 15th there will be a logging sale that will close the Larry Reed Trail again for several months.

If you were registered for the in person race and are interested in participanting in the virtual race, all you need to do is run the course before November 15th and upload your results to here. Note that we cannot mark the course for this, so you will need to know the route. Detailed course information can be found below or here. If you have any issues accessing the sites or with uploading your results, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Thanks for your understanding and keep an eye out for next year!

Merchandise Pickup

Race participants who previously bought merchandise can pick it up at Fairhaven Runners and Walkers at their convenience.

The Course View Course Details

The 10 mile course starts at Blanchard State Forest's Lower Parking Lot and the course is ran in the counter-clockwise direction. For more information on the coures please use the resources below:

Blanchard Trail Closure

The Larry Reed Trail is open from November 1st to November 15th after which it will be closed for logging. The virtual race will run on the short section of the new road and rejoin with the Larry Reed Trail. Note that the road is open to cars during this time.

Some additional important information about the course includes:

– Race Sponsors –

Need to Get In Contact With Us?

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you are having any issues with the registration system. The best way to get a hold of us is to use Facebook chat (see chat bubble in lower right corner of the screen) or to email us at

The Race Team

Interested in getting in contact with a specific member of our race team? Their contact information can be found below.

Tim Schafermeyer
Lead Race Director and Web Guru
Andrew Murray
Jack of All Trades