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Ultra tough: Runners to trek 108 miles from bay to Baker, and back

From top, Daniel Probst, Beat Jegerlehner, Aaron Poh and Jill Homer hike up Easton Glacier on their way to the summit of Mount Baker on Aug. 2, 2014 the halfway point of their 108-mile trek from Bellingham Bay to Mount Baker and back. Probst, a Bellingham ultra runner, and others will try to duplicate the feat on Friday, June 3, 2016.
From top, Daniel Probst, Beat Jegerlehner, Aaron Poh and Jill Homer hike up Easton Glacier on their way to the summit of Mount Baker on Aug. 2, 2014 the halfway point of their 108-mile trek from Bellingham Bay to Mount Baker and back. Probst, a Bellingham ultra runner, and others will try to duplicate the feat on Friday, June 3, 2016. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Twelve ultra-runners will leave from a beach off Cornwall Avenue on Friday, June 3, as part of a 108-mile run, hike and climb from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Mount Baker and back.

People can come and cheer them on when they leave at 6 p.m. near 100 Pine St. for the 2016 Mount Baker Ultra Run.

The event is one of six organized by Bellingham utlra-marathoner Daniel Probst, the founder of Cascade Mountain Runners who has taken part in all of them going back to 2013.

If they succeed, it will be the third time the route has been completed.

The group’s route will follow the planned Bellingham-Mount Baker Trail, which would go from the city’s shoreline to the Easton Glacier on Mount Baker.

The event this year will coincide with National Trails Day on June 4. It also will be an effort to build support for the proposed trail and bring attention to Probst’s ongoing work to revive the historic Mount Baker Marathon as an official 100-mile ultra-marathon.

Probst and two other runners, Aaron Poh and Beat Jegerlehner, were the first to complete the route. That was on Aug. 3, 2014. Their time was 48 hours, 17 minutes.

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