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.
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.
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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.