Community Sports

Bellingham Traverse minimizes impact with participation cap

Recreation Northwest announced that registration for the upcoming Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse will be capped at 600 participants.

The Bellingham Traverse, a multi-sport event celebrating the life cycle of wild salmon, takes place Saturday, Sept. 19, in Bellingham. This relay race is geared to participants of all levels, from serious competitors to those in costume, focused on fun.

The race consists of five legs: a 5.5-mile greenways run, a 6-mile mountain bike, an 18-mile road bike, a 3.4-mile trail run, and a 3.6-mile paddle, plus a .65-mile team trek to the finish line at Boundary Bay Brewery.

The Bellingham Traverse course winds its way from downtown Bellingham to the South Bay Trail, Fairhaven, Lake Padden, Lake Samish, Fairhaven Park, the Chuckanut Community Forest, Marine Park and Bellingham Bay.

Bellingham Traverse organizers are still accepting registrations for solo, tandem and relay teams. Families, friends, and local companies and non-profits are encouraged to create a team and register before fees increase on September 4. Registration is open until 7:00 p.m. on September 18 at

Recreation Northwest invites companies to learn more about the many benefits of participating in the Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse, view the company team video and sign up their teams.

To learn more about the Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse, visit To learn more about Recreation Northwest, visit or call 360-739-8458.