Recreation Northwest

Krank Events- Adventure Racing in Seattle and Beyond

Our friends at Krank Events have put together a great series of events for their 2014 Adventure Race Season. Check ‘em out:

Krank Events

Krank Events is pleased to bring you both the 2014 Krank Adventure Races as well as the Snowdog Snowshoe Run Series.

The 2014 Spring/Summer season will have 4 Weeknight Adventure Races. Whether you are an experienced adventure racer or new to the sport, we’d love to have you join us and are committed to bringing as many new people into the sport as we can. The weekday races will be 2.5-3 hrs in length. We will also be offering a 24 hour Adventure Race in the Cascades in early August!

We are very excited to be offering 5 Adventure Races this year. We will have a series of 4 very convenient weeknight races, as well as a more intense 24hr race on the slopes of our beautiful Cascade Mountains. The weeknight races are part of our Weeknight Adventure Race Series which can have teams of 1-5 people. They also include Pro Checkpoints to add an extra challenge for those who are more experienced at Adventure Racing. In addition, we are offering one 24hr Long Adventure Race for teams of 2-4 people.

The Races  
4/23 Wednesday  Newport Hills Weeknight AR              
5/20 Tuesday  Ballard Weeknight AR  
6/26 Thursday  Union Bay Weeknight AR  
8/2-8/3 Sat-Sun  Cle Elum 24hr AR  
9/4 Thursday  Carnation Weeknight AR  

As a courtesy to our fellow racers, you can also check out our Pacific Northwest Race Calendar where you can see all of the navigation based and/or wilderness based races happening in the PNW this year.


Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse 2014 & NSEA

vital-choice-seafoodWe are proud to announce our new Title Spawnsors for our signature event. The Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse is poised to be bigger and better than ever. Each year, we selectively partner with leading local and regional companies to provide a solid foundation for our event. “Vital Choice is a partnership where our values align across our 3 main objectives of doing business: people~planet~profit (the triple-bottom line business model). We both value health and nutrition; stewardship of our public lands; and investing in our local economy and community,” says Todd Elsworth, Executive Director, Recreation Northwest.

Vital Choice is a trusted source for fast home delivery of the world’s finest wild seafood and organic fare, harvested from healthy, well-managed wild fisheries and farms. They are Whatcom County-based and have been participating with a Traverse Company Team in the Traverse for many years and have also supported as as Silver Spawnsors.

“When Randy (Hartnell, Founder, President & Former Alaska Fisherman) and I talked about our new partnership, he felt very strongly that salmon habitat enhancement be a direct part of his financial support for the event. We agreed that a direct donation of $2,500 to Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association would be the best way to achieve this shared goal,” Elsworth explains.

In addition to the funds that NSEA will receive, Recreation Northwest is also inviting for people to Celebrate Earth Day with NSEA at Hovander Homestead Park this Saturday, April 19th, 2014
9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This is part of our commitment to Stewardship for our community.

To put a personal touch to it, Randy not only runs the company, but participates on the team doing the Trail Run leg as well- #632 in the picture below. The smile on his face and his teammates as they crossed the 2013 Traverse Finish Line shows what we all have in common. We all like to have fun!

Vital Choice 2013 Team – Roe to Win


Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse

The Grand Finale of the Northwest Traverse Series, the Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse is a multi-sport event celebrating the life cycle of wild salmon and the natural and urban challenges of their journey. Solo, tandem and relay teams challenge themselves and one another on a rugged course that highlights the City of Bellingham’s Parks, Greenways System, bike-friendly roads, and open water opportunities for recreation.



Lake Whatcom Park planning


Would you like to see really well-built singletrack in the new Lake Whatcom Park?  Would you like to see connectors into Galby?  Would you like to see any mt. bike specific trails?  If so, please mark your calendars for the first planning meeting for the Reconveyance lands on Stewart and Lookout Mountains. 

I know many of you were at County Council meetings and wrote letters of support over the years to help make this park a reality, so let’s ensure that mt. bikers and other trail users are well represented at these meetings.  This is important on many levels.  I’ll send an update in a couple of weeks with more info. and talking points, but until then please plan to attend this meeting.

What:  Lake Whatcom park planning

When:   Tuesday, April 29th 6:30 PM

Where:  Bellingham Senior Center at 315 Halleck St.


Eric Brown, WMBC

Lake Whatcom Planning Meeting (PDF)



Let Randy Klien know for Larrabee Planning

From Eric Brown, WMBC:

Last night’s Larrabee planning meeting was significantly smaller than the first, but the mt. bike community was still well represented.  If you couldn’t attend, could you please take 5 minutes to email Randy Kline?  Every email helps….seriously.

Send an email to:

Items you could bring up:

More trails open for mt. bikes in the park – including a trail below Double Black Diamond.
Adding a Chuckanut to Blanchard connector – high priority!
Continue to allow mt. bike access in areas around Lost Lake
Securing a trail easement through the Westergreen property and rerouting the Overlander trail
Bridge over the railroad tracks to Clayton Beach
Potentially managing or purchasing the area south of the park (DNR land)
Potentially giving the non-contiguous areas in the northern end of the park to Whatcom County Parks to manage



Whatcom Humane Society’s Dog Days of Summer 10K & 2.6 mile Fun Run/Walk

Sunday, August 24th at Lake Padden Park

10K Run starts at 9:00am

2.6 mile Run/Walk starts at10:00am, kids and leashed pets welcome!


·         10K or 2.6 mile -$25 for individual

·         3-5 member team $75, 6-10 member team $125, 11-20 member team $175

·         10K is timed and there are prices awarded to the top finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions. Please, no dogs in the10K

·         Everyone gets a goodie bag


After the Fun Run/Walk stick around for the Dog Days of Summer Festival


Register on line at or for more information call Dana Browne at 733-2080 x 3014 or email


Tuesday, April 15th Long-Term Management Plan Meeting for Larrabee State Park

People of Whatcom and Skagit Counties,

If you have something to share for the direction of Larrabee State Park- here’s your opportunity. This is a message from Eric Brown, with WMBC on behalf of the outdoor community for input on Larrabee State Park:

We need another stellar turnout from our community tomorrow night for round two of the Long-Term Management Plan Meeting for Larrabee State Park.  Your attendance will help the State Parks better understand that mountain bikers are a growing user group and that the park should consider incorporating bike trails into their future trail plans.  If you’ve not seen what we’ve proposed, you can do so here:

Stage Two – Exploring alternative approaches

At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.

Some issues to consider raising:

  1. No authorized route below Double Black for mt. bikers.
  2. Limited # of trails in park means trail users often utilize Cleator Road.
  3. Limited # of trails for mt. bikes makes it very hard to create an appropriate event/race route.
  4. Users are currently forced to trespass to get to Clayton Beach.

The second public workshop will be held on:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Fairhaven Public Library
1117 12th Street in Bellingham

You can get more information at
If you can’t attend, you can contact Randy Kline at (360) 902-8632or send an email at:

More about the C.A.M.P. Process:

“Washington State Parks has begun a public process that will lead to a long-term management plan for Larrabee State Park. The planning process addresses overall visitor experiences, natural resources, use of park buildings, recreation areas and trails and other topics of interest to the community. The purpose of the meeting is to select land classifications within the park boundary. The classifications will be used to determine appropriate recreation uses and to inform operation of the park, taking into consideration any stewardship and protection concerns.