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Junior Ski to Sea Race takes over Lake Padden Park on Saturday

Children take off from the starting line of the 2015 Junior Ski to Sea Race at Lake Padden in Bellingham. The 2016 race will pack much of the park Saturday, May 21.
Children take off from the starting line of the 2015 Junior Ski to Sea Race at Lake Padden in Bellingham. The 2016 race will pack much of the park Saturday, May 21. eabell@bhamherald.com

Hundreds of young athletes will flock to Lake Padden Park from 8 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, for the annual Junior Ski to Sea Race, an event for youngsters and families that’s part of the community spirit linked to the big race on Memorial Day weekend.

Some 120 six-member teams of third-graders and older will compete in a five-event relay consisting of running, a back-to-back ball carry, biking, soccer and an obstacle course. Registration is closed but people still can go and watch for free.

Events will be on the east side of the park, near the playground, ball fields and dog park.

Parking is limited. Free shuttles will run to the event site from the west parking entrance from 7:30 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. The area is served by Whatcom Transportation Authority bus route Nos. 43 and 44, the Yew Street a.m. and Yew Street p.m., with hourly service from the downtown Bellingham station. Fare is $1 one way.

Best place for viewing is near the finish line at the playground. There will be snack-type food, information booths and a raffle for the bicycles that were donated for the event by Kulshan Cycles.

For more information, go online to bellingham.com/event-directory/junior-race or call 360-734-1330.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty

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