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Bellingham Traverse




The Bellingham Traverse celebrates the salmon life-cycle.

Bellingham TraverseCelebrating the life cycle of wild salmon and the natural and urban challenges of their journey is an annual event for hundreds of people who come together to race in the Bellingham Traverse and raise money for local charities.

But, now it’s time for the kids to have a turn.

Many already tag along with their parents on the main race, but the newly designed Bellingham Kids Traverse that will be held on Saturday, June 29 is a chance for them to show off all on their own. “The course has been created so that an 11-year-old can finish it on his or her own,” said Recreation Northwest director Todd Elsworth. “We have so many active kids in town that we wanted them to be able to have the same fun experience the adults have.”

Beginning at Bellingham’s Civic Field, the course takes kids on a 1-mile run through Salmon Woods, a 1.5-mile mountain bike around Civic and Geri Fields and through a .5-mile obstacle course. They will finish up with a .25-mile Team Trek to the finish line where they will be greeted with ribbons and ice cream for their efforts. The race can be run solo, tandem or as part of a relay team.

A percentage of the proceeds from this year’s Traverse will go to Whatcom Family YMCA, the event’s designated beneficiary.

Kids ages 6 to 14 are eligible to participate and parents can sign them up at recreationnorthwest.org. Entry fees for the Chinook (solo) division are $25, for the Coho (tandem) division are $45 and for the Chum (relay team) division are $60.

For more information, visit recreationnorthwest.com X