vital-choice-seafoodBellingham Traverse

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 

Get Hooked on the 15th annual Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse, a fun relay race that celebrates the journey of wild salmon. Families, friends and local companies form Chinook (solo), Coho (tandem) and CHUM (relay teams) to run, bike and paddle through Bellingham’s scenic parks, winding trails and open waterways.

We are doing a 15th Anniversary shirt this year and will be selling them through pre-orders only. Be sure you order your shirts (through registration, or here) by August 30th! 


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Sound Fishy?

Have fun with your friends and compete with the best–everyone is welcome to participate in this beloved community event. Celebrate your accomplishment with a pint of Traverse RED IPA at the Boundary Bay Brewery Finish Line!  The Vital Choice Traverse supports the Stewardship Programs of Recreation Northwest and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

Traverse Course

The Bellingham 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 Boundary Bay Brewery Finish Line.

We have Course Descriptions, Maps, and Videos for your viewing pleasure.


Past Results

Check out the past Traverse Results (2010 – 2015).

Share Your Stories

We would like to share the event from your perspective! Show us by posting one of your pics to the Northwest Traverse Facebook Page (especially if it’s one showing off how awesome you looked!). Or send us your race story and we will share it on our blog, The Confluence.

Photo Finish

Jon Brunk Photography will be capturing you as you cross the finish line. Check out 2015 Bellingham Traverse gallery Buy local and put your shining face on the fridge! Here’s the Dept. of Fun:

Check out our maps of each leg and watch NW Traverse TV to see what we’re all about.


Company Teams

We have a great program for local businesses. Check out the 2016 Traverse Company Teams and sign up today.



Shout out to our Sponsors

We have great support for this event, both with Traverse Sponsors. Give them a big round of applause! Vital Choice as our title sponsor!

Vital Choice

Get Hooked

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Gear & Rules

Here’s what you’re going to need for equipment and the rules
Need to rent gear while you’re here? We’ve got you covered.


The Traverse ties other fun events to it on Saturday. Partnering with The Bellingham Farmers Market and Bellingham Beer Week. This is a big day for Bellingham!

Tourism Promotions

The Traverse media promotions plan is funded by City of Bellingham

 Tourism Promotion Grant Program 







More Fun to be Had!

Recreation Northwest Event Calendar
Our listing of the races, events and fun stuff that we’ve found to do around the region.






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