This year, the Bellingham Traverse is getting a new race director. Tyler Mitchell is taking the reins from Todd Elsworth, founder of the Bellingham Traverse and current executive director of Recreation Northwest.
Elsworth will be more involved with the management of all Recreation Northwest events.
"We are excited to have a fresh face and a solid person managing the Bellingham Traverse now and into the future," Elsworth said in a news release. "I am personally excited to be able to participate as a Chinook (soloist) along with everybody else for the first time this year."
Mitchell started race directing with the Lake Samish Triathlon at Camp Lutherwood. He has since directed the Bellingham Jingle Bell Run & Walk 5k, the Lutherwood, Wouldn't You? 5k/10k, This Little Light of Mine 5k, helped with the Bellingham Bay Marathon, and is the Running Leg Chair for Ski to Sea.
Mitchell also coaches track and cross country at Mount Junior High and Mount Baker High School, and has been involved with several track and cross-country meets.
A lifelong runner, Mitchell also participates in bike and multi-sport races. He has competed in the Bellingham Traverse four times.
GOLF TOURNAMENT SEEKS MORE PARTICIPANTS
Spaces for golfers and dinner guests are still available for the Whatcom Hospice Pro-Am Golf Classic, which takes place this week.
Golfers and their friends are invited to enjoy a gourmet barbecue and golf contests with players and pros at the Hotel Bellwether Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.
Big prizes are available after dinner for longest drive and best putt. Floating balls will be picked up by boats, making this a unique event. Prizes include $5,000 for the putting challenge, Dinner registration is included with a player or pro registration. Guest/public tickets for the dinner are $75 per person and include a $50 gift certificate toward TaylorMade clubs and Adidas clothing at the event.
At 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 32 teams will hit the links at Lake Padden Golf Course for a day of golf with professionals. Prizes include a new Toyota, Honda, Ford, or a Triumph Motorcycle offered by Champion Cycles at the par 3 hole-in-one greens.
Proceeds help provide compassionate in-home or Hospice House care for Whatcom county citizens. For more information visit hospicehelp.org/golf_tournament.htm.
To register for the tournament or dinner, please contact Jen Vander Meulen or Doug Wight at 360-733-7944 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Aug. 21.
THOMAS HOOPS CAMP COMING SOON
The Isaiah Thomas Youth Guard Camp will be Aug. 26-27 at Mount Vernon High School.
The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is for boys and girls ages 6 to 16.
NBA and former University of Washington basketball player Isaiah Thomas will attend the camp both days.
The camp, which is $75 per person, will concentrate on form shooting and repetition, ball handling, defense, one on one moves, passing and conditioning and in-game decisions.
Signed photos, autographs and a T-shirt will be available.
To sign up, go to eliteyouthcamps.com, click on camps and go to isaiahthomas/mount vernon high.
BREWERS WIN REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS
The Daniel Vander Kooi-Eric Stalcup managed Brewers are the Borderline Baseball League regular season champs with a record of 15-5.
Colin Kelly led the Brewers with a 10-1 record and 1.48 ERA.
On offense, Chris Piper had a .467 batting average with 20 RBI and 15 extra-base hits.
The BBL postseason started Monday.
ROJAS ACES HOLE AT GRANDVIEW
Alex Rojas used a 7-iron to hit a hole in one on July 31 at Grandview Golf Course in Custer.
It was Rojas' first hole in one. No other information was available.
SOFTBALL LEAGUE WILL HAVE TRYOUTS SOON
Avalanche Fastpitch will have tryouts for girls' divisions 10U to 16U on Aug. 24-25.
The league is seeking dedicated players with a passion for the game
For location and times. www.whatcomavalanchefastpitch.com
LPMC President's Cup
Gross: Pete Papadopulos, 70; Doug Pierce, 75; Steve Swank, 77.
Net: Bill Davis, 66; Dave Stamm, 68; Gary Brin, 69.
Gross: Ron Dickerson, 78; Ben Johnson, 79; Dean Carpenter, 79.
Net: Jay Tinker, 68*; Neil Goit, 68; Ken Gunning, 69.
Gross: Gary Bergstrom, 83; Fritz Willits, 84; Jim Emerson, 84; Tim Frick, 84.
Net: Ron Johnson, 68, Kevin Granger-Brown, 69; Vince Meyer, 69
Gross: Terry Braytin, 81, Wayne Livingstone, 85; Steve Epperson, 87.
Net: Dave Powers, 66*; Larry Harvey, 66; John Mathes, 71
* wins in scorecard playoff