Sucia is aptly known as the jewel of the San Juan Islands. It is home to tide pools a-plenty, remote beaches, abundant sea life, and sunsets that defy description. This trip is a beach camping extravaganza complete with gourmet meals and a quiver of paddle boards and kayaks to play with and some of the most beautiful island running thrown in for good measure.
Sucia is a small island with a network of 10 miles of trails that extend to each of the islands three rocky fingers. While this isn’t a lot trail, given the out-n-back style of the terrain one can easily rack up 15-20 miles exploring every trail on the island. With little elevation gain, the most challenging aspect of a run on Sucia is to keep moving, which is hard to do given the many distractions of tidepools, abundant wildlife, epic views of surrounding islands and Mt. Baker, and trails that lead to some of the most beautiful beaches imaginable. For this trip, Aspire has partnered with a local kayak outfitter who will provide an experienced kayak guide and 6 boats that will be available all weekend for exploring the shores and surrounding rocky shoals of Sucia.
Our food philosophy at Aspire is that the best meals of our lives should happen outdoors and be shared with friends after a long day on the trail. To that end, we serve delicious seasonal fare, such as grilled salmon, fresh salads, dutch oven cobblers and hand churned ice cream. We keep our coolers stocked with beer, wine, kombucha, and an assortment of recovery beverages. In addition to standard meat and vegetarian options with each meal, we work with individual runners to ensure that our menus meet a wide range of dietary needs and preferences.
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.
Friday, Day 1: Boat Taxi to Sucia
We’ll meet at 2pm at Gooseberry Point, just north of Bellingham. It’s an hour on a private boat taxi to the moorings at Fossil Bay. Where we’ll establish a base camp 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 islands three rocky fingers. While this isn’t a lot trail, given the out-n-back style of the terrain one can easily rack up 15-20 miles exploring every trail on the island. With little elevation gain, the most challenging aspect of a run on Sucia is the many distractions of tidepools, abundant wildlife, epic views of surrounding islands and Mt. Baker, and trails that lead to some of the most beautiful beaches imaginable. We’ve also partnered with a local kayak outfitter to provide boats and paddle boards that will be available all weekend for exploring the shores and rocky 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 home arriving between between 2-3pm.
Each runner should come equipped with a personal running pack/vest/belt and hydration system. Folks are welcome to bring snacks they are accustomed to for their runs.
We encourage all runners to bring a swimsuit, appropriate sandals or other footwear and plenty of sunscreen.
This course includes 2 nights of camping. Runners should pack a selection of camp clothing including an insulative jacket, a wind/water resistant outer layer, sandals, and camp shoes. Runners will also need a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. This equipment is available for rent with registration.
Registration includes a water taxi to and from Sucia Island, access to a selection of paddle boards, and kayaks including the support of an professional kayak guide, all meals and drinks, and the logistical support of Aspire’s trail crew. Detailed course information, maps, menus, and itinerary info will be emailed to registered runners in advance of the course.
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.
Aspire organizes single and multi-day running adventures in backcountry and wilderness terrain. We pair logistical and emergency support with delicious meals for a unique and memorable running experience. More info about our project is available at: www.AspireAdventureRunning.com
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