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Todd Elsworth, Executive Director
Recreation Northwest


PeaceHealth Bellingham Traverse to be running, biking and paddling throughout town

Multi-sport race will be utilizing popular recreation areas next weekend- access limited

BELLINGHAM, Wash., September 13, 2013 – Saturday, September 21st, participants of the 12th Annual PeaceHealth Bellingham Traverse will be running, mountain biking, road biking and paddling around Bellingham, utilizing popular local recreation areas. The event starts at 12:00 noon downtown at the Farmers Market and makes it’s way through Boulevard Park, Fairhaven, Lake Padden, around Lake Samish, to Fairhaven and Marine Park. Finishers complete the last leg together up Wharf Street to finish at Boundary Bay.

The Traverse is a multi-sport event for solo, tandem and relay teams. The event has a strong salmon theme that runs through it. Participants, aka Spawners, are encouraged to “Think Like Fish” as they go through the course. This is community event that displays a wide range of athletic abilities from the hard-core to those out in costumes just for fun. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the Spawners. “The Traverse is a spectator-friendly event that enables people to have a safe and up-close opportunity to cheer on their friends and family”, explains Todd Elsworth, event founder.

Event organizers work with local agencies to designate the safest routes for participants and spectators and ask that the public use caution or avoid these areas for congestion: Lake Padden Trails (12:30pm – 2:00pm)- Mountain Bikers will be using the trails, please avoid for this brief timespan. Lake Samish roadways (1:00pm – 3:00pm) -Road Bikers on road, please use caution. Marine Park (2:00pm – 4:30pm)- Paddlers staging boats and runners entering park. Access to these areas to view the event is best approached by walking or biking.

The Traverse Course includes a 5.5 mi. Greenways Run, 6 mi. Mountain Bike, 18 mi. Road Bike, 3.4 mi. Trail Run, 3.6 mi. Paddle, 0.65 mi. Team TREK to the finish at Boundary Bay Brewery.

Registration is open until 7pm Friday, September 20th.

To learn more about the 2013 PeaceHealth Bellingham Traverse, visit: or call 360-739-8458.

About Recreation Northwest

Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, Washington–based nonprofit organization dedicated to producing sustainable events promoting public health and wellness, showcasing the recreational amenities, and connecting the business and nonprofit communities of the Pacific Northwest. Recreation Northwest produces multi-sport races for solo, tandem and relay teams, including the Bellingham Traverse, the Olympia Traverse and the Bellingham Kids Traverse.  Traverse events celebrate the life cycle of salmon, a staple and symbol of the Pacific Northwest. For more information, to become a sponsor (Spawnsor), or to volunteer, visit


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