Brandon Nelson to share world record saga at Whatcom recreation expo


Brandon Nelson during his final lap around Lake Padden on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 in Bellingham. Nelson broke the Guinness Book of World Records distance of 150.34 miles that was previously held by Calif., resident Carter Johnson in 2006. The date was corrected Jan. 13, 2014.


BELLINGHAM - During Bellingham resident Brandon Nelson's attempt at the world record for furthest distance kayaked in 24 hours, he started having problems just three hours in.

"My leg started to cramp up," Nelson said. "I wasn't hydrating properly, my diet was poor. Basically everything that could have gone wrong got together to stop me."

Nelson threw up and cramped up, but he didn't give up. At the end of the 24 hours on that hot Aug. 21 on Lake Padden, he achieved a world-record distance of 151.87 miles.

Nelson will speak about his experience and what it means to persevere at the Recreation Northwest Exposition, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Drive.

The exposition is free and will feature more than 30 organizations and companies that will set up information booths. That includes sporting goods and outdoor recreation stores, gyms, fitness programs, recreation clubs, and various races, runs, and outdoor events around Whatcom County.

Recreation Northwest has hosted several races in kayaking, running, biking and more over the last year but wanted to support the community's broader interests, director Todd Elsworth said.

"We're so fortunate with the geography in Bellingham, being so close to the mountains and the water," Elsworth said. "We can do all kinds of recreation right here."

Another speaker will be Heather Anderson, who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in just 60 days last year.

For a list of retailers, speakers and more expo information, go to

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