Todd Elsworth, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Recreation Northwest EXPO at the Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn
Bringing the active recreation community together to kick off the year ahead
Bellingham, WA., December 10, 2013 – Designed to bring the active recreation community together to kick off the year’s activities, the first Recreation Northwest EXPO will be open to the public on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA.
The Recreation Northwest EXPO is a free event for the public to meet face to face with healthcare professionals, nutrition experts, local gyms, personal trainers, bike shops, running stores, outfitters, outdoor media, outdoor activity clubs, stewardship organizations, and agents from your favorite local recreation events and races.
The doors open at 4:00 pm to meet face-to-face with representatives from the outdoor recreation community. Some of the exhibitors include: Bellingham Parks and Recreation RACES (Runnin’ O the Green, Padden Triathlon, Fairhaven Runners Waterfront 15K and more), Whatcom Events (Ski to Sea, Tour de Whatcom and Muds to Suds), Bellingham Bay Marathon, Run Like a Girl Half Marathon, Bellingham KIDS Traverse, Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series (Winthrop, Olympia and Bellingham), Backcountry Essentials, Klicks Running and Walking, Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC), Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC), Mount Baker Experience, Adventures NW Magazine, Sustainable Connections and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism- with many more to come.
“This is a great opportunity for the local community to come together and see how many events and opportunities there are in our area,” said Lance Romo from Bellingham Parks and Recreation. “We [Bellingham Parks and Recreation] will be there to talk with the public about our events, parks and opportunities for playing outside.”
At 7:00 pm there will be two engaging speakers on the stage: Heather Anderson holds the record for completing the Pacific Crest Trail Self-Supported fastest-known time; Brandon Nelson recently set the Guinness Book of World Records 24-hour paddling record on Lake Padden. Both will share their stories and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
To learn about the Recreation Northwest EXPO and more about the organization visit http://www.RecreationNorthwest.org or call Todd at 360-739-8458.
About Recreation Northwest
Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, WA–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. It’s signature event, The PeaceHealth Bellingham Traverse, has grown over the past 12 years and has spread the concept to other communities in the Northwest including Winthrop and Olympia.
Last year, we joined forces with Brent Molsberry, Founder/Race Director/Cool Guy, to host the San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race. The response from the teams and synergy of the group is leading us to expand the fun “ashore”.
In 2014, we’ll be launching a new event, Kulshan Quest, out of Fairhaven, WA (aka Bellingham) as a means to bring the challenge to “the mainland”. In the first year, the course will be based out of the Historic Fairhaven area of South Bellingham with the Race HQ at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.
The easily accessible network of trails for running, mountain biking and the open water of Bellingham Bay make for a logical location to launch the first venue for Kulshan Quest.
Quest Adventure Races
Saturday, June 21st – Kulshan Quest ~ Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham, WA
Saturday, September 27th - San Juan Island Quest ~ Moran State Park, Orcas Island, WA
Want to see how much fun was had last year? Check us out on Facebook.com/SanJuanIslandQuest.
New to the sport? Read what Texas Adventure Racing has to say:
What is Adventure Racing?
1 a : an undertaking usually involving unknown risks
b : the encountering of risks
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience
Inflected Form(s): raced; rac·ing
1 : to compete in a race
2 : to go or move at top speed or out of control
The above definitions give a sense of what adventure racing is all about. Sound interesting? Read on…
Adventure Racing (often referred to as “AR”) is a multi-sport team activity usually involving trail running, mountain biking, paddling and orienteering. Races often include other “Mystery Events” that are unveiled mid-race. The sport is meant to test participants both physically and mentally in multiple activities over varied lengths of time – from a few hours to many days. Teams usually consist of two, three or four members whether male, female or coed. Unlike other endurance sports, teamwork plays an important role as team members must travel together at all times throughout the race. Team dynamics often affect the performance of each team.
Adventure Racing is many things to many people. Ask five adventure racers what Adventure Racing is to them, and you’ll get five different answers. Here’s an example of what you might hear:
Adventure Racing is Escape. Leaving the humming of computers, the ghost-pale glow of fluorescent lights and the constant buzzing of cell phones and instead feeling my heart pound in my chest while planning the strategy of our next event makes me feel on the edge, if only for a day.
Adventure Racing is Competition in Perspective. I compete, I race hard and I even snarl once in a while, but I will stop and help an injured or disabled team, even if it means the difference between winning and losing. Have you ever seen that in a triathlon? How about track and field? No? Well, you’ll see it in any given adventure race from any given team, regardless of position.
Adventure Racing is Finding My Limit, and Leaving it Behind. In almost every race I’ve completed, I have thought to myself “I can’t go any further or any faster” only to realize that there are two more events left or another hour of racing ahead of us. Teammates make each other stronger. Whether by words of encouragement or fear of disappointing them, they help us hurdle our mental, physical and emotional obstacles.
Adventure Racing is Adventure. Every race is different, every time you race it.
Adventure Racing is Fun. I’ve participated in several different multi-sport events – triathlons, duathlons and such, and none of those have the feeling of adventure races. Everyone talks to each other pre-race like they are out camping or something. During the race, people exchange smiles, “How you doin’s?” and “Keep it ups!” I didn’t realize that competition could be so much fun.
Adventure Racing is many things to many people, and after your first you will no doubt have a definition of your own.
From Ken Wilcox:
Friends and polar bears are invited to join us for an abbreviated work party on the new Rock Trail at Larrabee from 10am to 1pm this Sunday (Dec 8). The main objective is to complete the connection from the top of the stairs over to the ridge trail. I was up there yesterday and there’s no snow so we ought to be able to knock it out in short order. Meet 10am sharp at the Gates Overlook at the end of the Cleator Road, or if the upper gate is closed, we’ll meet there at the gate instead and walk the last bit of road to the top.
Directions: Head 4 miles south of Fairhaven, turn left on Hiline Road (before the fire station), which becomes Cleator Road; follow the bumpy road to its end near the top of the ridge. Volunteers do not need a parking pass. We’ll wrap up and be back to the cars by 1:00 pm.
Feel free to invite others. No experience necessary! An RSVP is helpful to be sure we bring enough tools and cookies (email, phone or text, 202-758-8802). Please dress extra warm!
By the way, the trail is built all the way through to Lost Lake Trail, but still needs some fixing here and there. WTA volunteers will be working on that section through the winter and we’ll plan to dedicate the trail with an official opening next spring. In the meantime, you’re welcome to use the trail (with caution), but please don’t announce it in newsletters, media, etc. until the trouble spots have been fixed. Thanks and we hope to see a few of you on Sunday.
Meet at the North Chuckanut trail head
Saturday, Nov 30
We will car pool to the beginning of the new trail. The current work site is just under a mile from there. People can leave whenever they want but I am sure we will all leave the site by about 3:30 and be down by 4:30.
It is good to bring water and a snack in addition to weather appropriate clothes and gloves. Some people may need hand/foot warmers if the weather is cool.
There will be rake and hoe work to level the surface and put in drains. There will also be lots of roots (many small enough to cut with lopers) and rocks that need to be removed. I will try to have tools for everyone but if anyone has a favorite tool for this type of work they are welcome to bring it.
In the News:
Half of the trail will go over an old road bed and the other half will go through undisturbed forest until its end near the Raptor Ridge overlook. Set to be completed by next spring, the new route will link the Huckleberry and Raptor Ridge trails. It also will bisect what is now a loop formed by other trails.
The route will be open to mountain bikers, hikers, runners and horses.
To volunteer, call Jackie Yereance at 360-671-7764. A member of Whatcom Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen of Washington State, Yereance is coordinating the volunteers.
To donate money to the trail-building project, go online to wprfoundation.org or buy a Buy a Chuckanut Mountain T-shirt from Klicks Running & Walking, 1431 N. State St., Bellingham.
A new 1.2-mile section is being added to the Chuckanut Mountain trail system, with half going over an old road bed and the other half through undisturbed forest until its end near the Raptor Ridge overlook.
Set to be completed by next spring, the new route will link the Huckleberry and Raptor Ridge trails.
“It’s going to be a nice connector,” said Tom Chisholm, trail program coordinator for Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department.
It also will bisect what is now a loop formed by other trails.
The route will be open to mountain bikers, hikers, runners and horses.
It has been part of a trail master plan for the area going back to 1996, and is the last one from that plan for the county to complete.
Volunteers led by the Whatcom Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen of Washington State, which builds and maintains trails, are making the trail a reality.
“It wouldn’t have happened without their effort and their energy,” said Chisholm of the organization, which is working on the project with the parks department.
Jackie Yereance, who lives nearby and is a member of Backcountry Horsemen, was part of the trail-planning effort for the 1996 master plan.
She is organizing the volunteer effort to build the trail.
“The project also owes a great deal to everyday walkers and hikers that frequent Chuckanut Mountain and have been wanting it for a long time, and also to the running stores,” she said in an email.
Those stores are Fairhaven Runners & Walkers, which contributed money to the trail project, and Klicks Running & Walking, which is selling T-shirts and giving 100 percent of the purchase price to help pay for the trail project.
Birch Equipment also is renting a mini-excavator at cost for the trail building.
Money is still being raised for the project to build a 1.2-mile trail link between Huckleberry and Raptor Ridge trails on Chuckanut Mountain.
A rough estimate puts the trail-building cost at $2,000.
– Buy a Chuckanut Mountain T-shirt from Klicks Running & Walking, 1431 N. State St. in Bellingham.
– Make a tax-deductible donation through Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation by going to its website at wprfoundation.org and contributing via credit card or PayPal. Or send a check to the foundation at P.O. Box 29963, Bellingham, WA 98228. Include a note indicating that the money is for the Huckleberry to Raptor trail project.
Last week, we attended a forum to learn about the efforts to get a Wild and Scenic Designation for the Nooksack River. We support their efforts. Please TAKE THE SURVEY to help gather information about the use of the area.
The Wild and Scenic Designation:
“Flowing from the high snowfields and glaciers of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and the Twin Sisters range in the North Cascades, the Nooksack River system is home to all five types of salmon, bald eagle, black bear, cougar, elk, and many other fish and wildlife species that need intact, wild places to survive. Whitewater rivers, incredible mountain views and old-growth forests provide world-class hiking, kayaking, and other recreation opportunities. Yet the majority of the Nooksack system remains unprotected.
In 1990, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) studied the Nooksack River for potential inclusion in the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system. The USFS determined that all three forks of the Nooksack, plus Wells Creek on the North Fork and Bell Creek on the South Fork were eligible for Wild and Scenic designation for their outstanding fisheries, wildlife, recreation, scenic and historical/cultural values. Glacier Creek, Clearwater and Warm Creeks, and Wanlick Creek are also worthy candidates for protection, but were not studied by the USFS in its 1990 review.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act is the strongest tool available to permanently protect our remaining wild rivers. Wild and Scenic designation would forever protect the Nooksack’s free-flowing character and special values.” American Rivers Project – Nooksack River.
Find them on Facebook.com/NooksackWildAndScenic.
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Stakeholder organizations including American Rivers, the United States Forest Service, the Hydropower Reform Coalition, and American Whitewater are leading an effort to develop a recreation plan for the upper Nooksack River basin. The goal of this planning project is to develop a strategy for managing recreation use while maintaining the integrity of the natural resources in the area and minimizing potential conflicts. Technical assistance is being provided by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (www.nps.gov/rtca) to help develop the plan.
We’d like you to take the next 10 minutes to answer some questions regarding your recreation experiences in and along the upper Nooksack. This survey is designed to give you an opportunity to provide us with information that might help improve your future experiences on the North, Middle, and South Fork Nooksack River. All answers will remain confidential. Thank you in advance for your participation!
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We are proud to support Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. Each year, we donate a Company Team entry for their annual Auction. We encourage you to attend.
On November 2, 2013, join DVSAS at the Hands for Hope Gala at Silver Reef Casino’s new event center! Each year, the gala raises over $50,000 to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through DVSAS programs.
Get ready to have fun with emcee Galen Emanuele of The Upfront Theatre, auctioneer Manca Valum, and live music by The Motown Cruisers! Show your support during the silent and live auction, eat a delectable dinner, and dance the night away while helping survivors gain hope and healing.
Tickets are available for $75/guest.
Reserve yours by calling 360.671.5714 or online.