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Junior race, parade add to spirit of Ski to Sea

Sahara Miller perches on the front of a motorcycle driven by Aaron Miller while marching with Larrabee Elementary in the 2014 Junior Ski to Sea Parade.
Sahara Miller perches on the front of a motorcycle driven by Aaron Miller while marching with Larrabee Elementary in the 2014 Junior Ski to Sea Parade. eabell@bhamherald.com

One of Bellingham’s biggest events is the Ski to Sea race, a multi-sport relay from the Mt. Baker Ski Area to the Fairhaven waterfront, held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend — May 29 this year.

Several family-oriented activities surround the big race, adding to the community spirit of the occasion.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, is the Junior Ski to Sea race at Lake Padden Park. Six-member teams participate in a five-part relay race consisting of running,a three-legged race, biking, soccer, and an obstacle course.

It is open to everyone in third grade or older. Categories are for elementary school, middle school and Community Open division for friends and family. Registration is $150 for a team; go online to http://bellingham.com/event-directory/junior-race.

The three-legged race portion of the competition may be changed to another partner-style event, to avoid perpetual difficulty with the leg straps, said Shelli Jones, marketing coordinator for the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which sponsors the junior race.

At 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, is the Junior Ski to Sea Parade along Cornwall Avenue from Kearney Street to Champion Street and ending at Champion and Railroad Avenue. It’s been a Bellingham tradition since 1920.

There’s no charge to march in the parade, and no registration is required, but participants should be in line by 4:30 p.m. for judging. Categories include best large float, best small float, best group, best decorated bike, and best novelty.

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