Whatcom Magazine

Whatcom on the go: Bike and foot races in full summer flourish

Whatcom County is a haven for outdoor recreation. Here are just some of the upcoming events and activities:

Community service

Trail work party, May 30: Help Mount Baker Club rebuild the historic but abandoned Ridley Creek Trail on Mount Baker. Originally known as the Deming Mount Baker Trail, it was built in 1909 and was part of the 1911-1913 Mount Baker marathons. Tools will be provided; bring gloves and a lunch. Work contact: Daniel Probst at cascademountainrunners@gmail.com or 360-595-7361. Details: mountbakerclub.org.

Adventure race

Kulshan Quest Adventure Race, July 25: Participants kayak Bellingham Bay and trail-run and mountain-bike the Chuckanut Mountains and Fairhaven, navigating checkpoints using only a map and compass. Details: recreationnorthwest.org/quest-adventure-races/kulshan.


Tour de Whatcom, July 18: For the charity event, bicyclists see Mount Baker, Lake Whatcom and the Salish Sea during the fairly level ride. Details: tourdewhatcom.com.

Northwest Tandem Rally, July 2-6: The five-day rally includes supported bicycle rides, banquet, a vendor fair, and multiple special events. Up to 1,000 bicyclists are expected. Details: nwtr.org.

Multi-stage race

Lake Padden Triathalon, June 27: The recreational and competitive versions give participants a choice of distances to swim, bike and run at and near Lake Padden. Details: cob.org/services/recreation/races/padden-triathlon.aspx.


Deception Pass half and full marathon, June 6: Race is limited to 250 runners; online registration closes June 4. Day-of-race registration $10 extra, if slots available. Free one-mile kids’ race. Details: bellinghamtrail.com.

Chuckanut Foot Race , July 11: The seven-mile race starts at Marine Park in south Bellingham and finishes at Larrabee State Park, following the Interurban Trail, with scenic views en route. Details: gbrc.net/chuckanut_footrace.php.

The Color Run Bellingham, Aug. 16: Participants in the five-kilometer, untimed race are doused head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The event ends with a festival with music, dancing and “massive color throws.” Details: active.com.

Endurance runnng

Hamster Endurance Runs, Aug. 15-16: Runners can chose a six-, 12- or 24-hour option to run laps around Lake Padden. D;ay-of-race registration available. Details: hamsterenduranceruns.com.