Thousands of people will descend on Fairhaven Sunday for the annual Fairhaven Festival and Ski to Sea. They come to hear music, enjoy a beer and wine garden and check out food booths, arts and craft vendors, exhibits and kid’s activities.
A new rule permitting athletes to compete on multiple legs in 2018 gave the outdoors-loving Michael Mallory and sons team the chance to fulfill their dream to become the classic race’s first four-man team.
After four decades of organizing teams for Ski to Sea, finding sponsors and racing on water legs, David Scherrer can relax and just compete this year for Hard CorePhysio, the defending Whatcom County Mixed Division champions.
For its first 45 years, Ski to Sea did not allow competitors to race in more than one leg in Whatcom County’s signature adventure relay from Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham, but that changes for the 2018 race.
Ski to Sea and the craft beer movement seem to have flourished together, and local brewpubs and the wide variety of beers they produce are now as much a part of Ski to Sea culture as wacky team names and recreational-division blisters.
Though it’s one of the fastest legs of the race in terms of speed, the road biking leg is also the longest leg of the Ski to Sea race, as the course transitions from the mountain to the back roads of Whatcom County.
The canoe leg of the Ski to Sea race not just a lazy ride down the Nooksack River. Competitors will have to navigate a course that could include plenty of deceptive hazards due to logjams, submerged logs, undercut trees and other obstructions.
Competing in a leg of the Ski to Sea race can work up a hearty appetite. Here’s a list of 10 good local places to satisfy those appetites, whether you’re looking for a post-race recovery feast or a pre-race nutrient load. –