Summer fun-runs, races and more for families and kids

Runners hit the trail in the 2014 YMCA Girls on the Run 5K run. The 2016 event is on June 4.
Runners hit the trail in the 2014 YMCA Girls on the Run 5K run. The 2016 event is on June 4. The Bellingham Herald

Summer’s the time to get moving, whether you have a competitive spirit or just enjoy the way you feel when you’re running, biking, or swimming. Here are a few of the special events taking place in Whatcom County this summer. Check Bellingham Parks and Recreation’s Leisure Guide for more ideas.

Girls on the Run 5K

June 4, Lake Padden Park

Girls on the Run of Northwest Washington is an after-school program for girls in grades 3-5. The program is designed to increase physical activity and emotional health by providing girls with the tools to make healthy decisions and form healthy self-images. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile run with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts, with the goal of encouraging positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development.

The fee for the run is $15 general, free for Girls on the Run participants and coaches. Register online or at Whatcom Family YMCA, 1256 N. State St.

Details: Call Jen, 360-733-8630, or email jgallant@whatcomymca.org

Race Beneath the Sun

June 11, start and finish at Fairhaven Park

The 5-mile race and half-mile kids’ fun run at Fairhaven Park starts at 10 a.m., with the kids run starting 15 minutes earlier. Online registration through the Greater Bellingham Running Club will be available until about three days before the race. Race-day registration is 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Fairhaven Park’s upper pavilion. Fee for non-GBRC members is $10 adults, $5 for ages 18 and under, free for the half-mile kids’ race.

Details: 360-733-4386, gbrc.net/race_beneath_sun.php.

All-Comers Track and Field meets

June 13-Aug. 29

The All-Comers Track and Field meets are fun for the whole family, with track and field events for children and adults of most ages Monday evenings, June 13-Aug. 29, at Civic Field. Each meet starts at 6 p.m., with participants 4 and younger in the 50-meter dash and 50-meter hurdles, height adjusted. Later events with heats for children and adults include shot put, javelin/mini-javelin, 200m, 400m and more, plus a jogger’s mile. Go online to register and for a complete schedule. The top three participants in each event will receive a place ribbon; everyone else receives a participant ribbon. Cost: $5 for individual day pass, available only at each meet; $30 for season pass; $90 for family season pass, available at Individual Season Pass Registration; Family Season Pass Registration and at the meets.

Details: 360-778-7000, cob.org/races.

Padden Triathlon

June 25, Lake Padden Park

There are two distances from which to choose: Competitive, mile half-mile swim, 21-mile bike, and 5.2-mile run; and Recreational, with one-fourth-mile swim, 10-mile bike, and 2.6-mile run.

Divisions are male and female, 10 and younger, then older age groups. Registration fees vary.

Details: Lance Romo, 360-778-7000, Lromo@cob.org, or stop by Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department office, 3424 Meridian St., in Cornwall Park.

Bellingham Youth Ultimate Frisbee Camp

June 20-23

Ultimate Frisbee is an exciting, fun, non-contact team sport that mixes elements of soccer, basketball, and American football into a high-energy game at Battersby Field. The camp is youths 9-14, directed by veteran coaches from local Bellingham clubs.

Details: Bellingham Parks and Recreation, 360-778-7000, bellinghamyouthultimate.org/youth-ultimate-frisbee-camp-2015.

Bellingham KIDS Traverse

June 26

Bellingham KIDS Traverse is a fun relay race for youths 6-12 that celebrates the journey of wild salmon, with a run, bike, and obstacle course through Bellingham’s Squalicum Creek Park.

Details: 360-739-8458, 360-223-5262, recreationnorthwest.org.

Tour de Whatcom

July 16

The family-friendly bike ride goes through valleys, farmland, and along the water in Whatcom County. There is no minimum age for riders, but, for safety reasons, bike trailers and tag-along systems for pulling children are not allowed.

Details: Whatcom Events/Tour de Whatcom, 360-746-8861, tourdewhatcom.com, Tour@skitosea.com

Padden Youth Triathlon

Aug. 7

Each participant is awarded a medal when crossing the finish line. Divisions are ages 8 and younger, and ages 9-1 and 11-13. The swim is at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, the bike lap is on nearby open roads, with some hills, and the run is on nearby fields at Civic Center Complex.

Details: Lance Romo, 360-778-7000, Lromo@cob.org

Muds to Suds

Aug. 27

The mud race and obstacle course has been called the “most fun mud race” in the country by experienced mudders. Challenge yourself through eight large mud pits and more than 15 obstacles at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale. Kids 8 and older can race with their families.

Details: 360-746-886, mudstosuds.com

Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse

Sept. 17

The 15th annual event is a fun relay race that celebrates the journey of wild salmon. Families, friends, and local companies form Chinook (solo), Coho (tandem), and CHUM (relay teams) to run, bike, and paddle through Bellingham’s scenic parks, winding trails, and open waterways. The event supports the stewardship programs of Recreation Northwest and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

Details: 360-739-8458 recreationnorthwest.org