As of the New Year, registration for Whatcom County’s renowned Ski to Sea is open. This year the event will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a goal of having all 50 states represented by a full team or team member.
So far, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, New Jersey, Alaska and the District of Columbia are represented, according to a January 5 press release.
Since 2011 when Whatcom Events took over hosting the race from the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, the race has had a participant from 41 of the 50 states. Whatcom Events will use its database as a jumping off point to contact racers from out-of-state in attempt to fulfill its goal. The unrepresented states include Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota and West Virgina.
Ski to Sea is a 94-mile, seven-leg relay race from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay on Memorial Day weekend. Teams consist of three to eight racers competing over seven different sports: cross-country ski, downhill ski/snowboard, running, road bike, canoe (two paddlers), cyclocross bike and sea kayak.
The team price is currently $664, a $64 increase due to inflation and increasing service costs. It increases to $714 March 1. Free team entries are being offered to teams that fulfill the out-of-state representation goal.
For more information and to register, visit skitosea.com.