BELLINGHAM - Whatcom County residents planning a peaceful day in the park Saturday, May 18, should stay away from Lake Padden, because the park will be packed full of families for the Ski to Sea Junior Race.
About 200 six-person teams will compete in the junior race, which will take over the park from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Saturday.
The race consists of five legs: running, a three-legged race, biking, soccer and an obstacle course.
There will be a morning and afternoon race for elementary children, as well as a race for middle school and community kids. Registration for teams has closed.
This year, there won't be a shuttle from the Lincoln Creek Park & Ride for people who want to park away from Lake Padden, so parking lots at the park are likely to fill up quickly.
There will, however, be a free shuttle to bring people from Lake Padden's west parking lot near the beach area over to the east parking lot, where the majority of the race takes place. That shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Race organizers are encouraging people to use the shuttle to get to the course; people will be turned away from the east entrance once that lot is full.
JUNIOR PARADE FRIDAY
The Ski to Sea Junior Parade will start at the corner of Alabama Street and Cornwall Avenue at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, with judging for entries starting at 4:30 p.m. From Alabama, the parade will go down Cornwall, take a left onto East Champion Street and turn onto Railroad Avenue before ending on York Street.
The route will be closed to vehicles from 4 to 8 p.m. People who want to walk or bike in the parade, including Ski to Sea Junior Race teams, don't need to register beforehand and can line up before the parade starts.
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