Recreation Northwest

2014 Race Director Summit Attendees

Summit Attendees


Name Organization
Todd Elsworth Recreation Northwest
April Claxton Recreation Northwest
Lance Romo Bellingham Parks & Rec
Brent Molsberry Recreation Northwest/Quest Adventure Races
Emily Morhouse Recreation Northwest/Quest Adventure Race TEAM
Dusty Caseria Recreation Northwest/Quest Adventure Race TEAM
Lori McKnight Arthritis Foundation/Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Christie & Kyle Duque North County Road Race
Michele Medlen Everyday Superheroes 5K
Amy Howat Lake Samish Salmon Row & Paddle & Legendary Banked Slalom
Rachael Woods Skagit Ragnar
Ben Twigg Bellingham Bay Marathon
Cyndi Meuchel Run Like a Girl
Eric Brown Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Audrey Myers Run 4 Refuge
Doug Schoonover Mt Baker Bike Club
Melissa Riker Whidbey Island Marathon
Loni Rahm Tourism – Basecamp Bellingham
Louise Mugar Point Roberts Press/Mount Baker Experience
Catherine Darkenwald Point Roberts Press/Mount Baker Experience
Jennifer Longstaff NW Tandem Rally
Jen Gallant Girls on the Run
Sharon Stone Girls on the Run
Kelly Krieger Hamster Endurance Runs
Stacy Smith +1 Super Hero 5k
Sam Alexander Klicks
Raina Clark Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers
Chris Ohana Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers
Denise Deriech Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers
Patsy Cosgrove Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers
Kyle Nelson Fun With The Fuzz 5k
Elba Benzler Get Bold Events
Ryan Rickerts Cascade Cross
Cisco Rodriguez Bellingham BMX
Steve Walker Community Boating Center
John Rybczyk Dirty Dan Rowing race
AL Coyle Lake Padden Trail Half
Tad Davis Lake Padden Trail Half
Kevin Hall  
Candice Burt Bellingham Trail Running Series
Daniel Probst Cascade Mountain Runners/Mount Baker Ultra Marathon
Jackie Yereance Backcountry Horseman
Polly Favinger Greater Bellingham Running Club
Lindsay Mann-King Greater Bellingham Running Club
Melissa Krantzler Greater Bellingham Running Club
Ben Shaklee Jack’s Bicycle Homegrown Racing team/Cascade Cross “Border Clash”
Javon Smith Jack’s Bicycle Homegrown Racing team/Cascade Cross “Border Clash”
Val Thompson WMBC
Kevin Dougals Lost Lake 50k, 25k, Ghost of Birch Bay Marathon, …
Curtis Anson Whatcom Events
Jason Mckay Clawson  
Charlie Heggem Festival 542 – Mt. Baker Hill Climb

2013 RD Summit Attendees


2015 EXPO Exhibitors and Door Prizes


Here is the list of 2015 Recreation Northwest EXPO Exhibitors.
Check out the DOOR PRIZES they had to offer as well!


eqpd gear
Fairhaven Runners & Walkers
Fanatik Bike
Jack’s Bicycle Center
Klicks Running and Walking
Kulshan Cycles
McNett – Gear Aid
Rad Dog
REI Bellingham
Square One Map Company
Trail Insight
Yeager’s Sporting Goods featuring Hobie Kayaks


Advanced Medical Massage
Aspire Adventure Running
American Alpine Institute
Girls on the Run
Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
PRIME Massage & Sports Medicine
Rolfing® Works
San Juan Sailing
Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics
Wenzel Coaching
Whatcom Family YMCA


American Rivers
Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers
Community Boating Center
Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC)
Italian Motors USA
Mount Baker Club
Nooksack Nordic Ski Club
North Cascades Institute
Recreation Northwest 
Western Wildlife Outreach
Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE)
Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation
Wings Over Water NW


Bellingham Bay Marathon
Bellingham Canoe Kayak Sprint Team
Bellingham KIDS Traverse
Bellingham Parks and Recreation RACES
Bellingham Trail Running Series
Bellingham Traverse
Fun With The Fuzz
Hamster Endurance Running
Island Quest & Kulshan Quest Adventure Races
Muds to Suds
Northwest Tandem Rally (Mt Baker Bicycle Club) 
Ragnar Events
Run Like a Girl
Ski to Sea
Tour de Whatcom
Whatcom Paddlers
Whidbey Island Marathon


Adventures NW Magazine
Bellingham Business Journal
KAFE – 104.1
Mount Baker Experience
Outdoors NW Magazine


Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Best Western Lakeway Inn

Port of Bellingham
Village Books


2015 EXPO Door Prizes

Bellingham Traverse Team entry
Kulshan Quest Adventure Race Team entry
Bellingham KIDS Traverse Team entry
Annual Membership to Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC) = Free entry to all their 2015 races)
INDIVIDUAL Entry into Ragnar Trail Cascades 2015
Entry to the Deception Pass Marathon & Half
Tour de Whatcom
Muds to Suds 
Pooch Scoot
Bellingham Bay marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K 
Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race
Chuckanut Century 
Girls on the Run 5k

And these Prizes too:
Basic Sailing (ASA/American Sailing Association 101) weekend Live-aboard course from San Juan Sailing
Avalanche AIARE course (3-day program) from American Alpine Institute & Outdoors NW Magazine
Whidbey Sampler
$20.00 gift card to Fanatik Bike Co
Nuu-Muu dress 
Complimentary Rolfing® Session(s)
A Release N Run (Dog collar and leash in one) and a Pocket Bowl 
Intro to Karting Class 
Hat or t-shirt from WMBC 
Hobie Kayak Demo
Kayak/SUP Rental from Yeager’s
Hamster Endurance Running fleece blanket 
Fun With the Fuzz Pint glasses, shirts, water bottles
$100 Gift Certificate to Vital Choice
InCamp Shelter from REI
Amphipod Armpod Smart Phone Carrier from Fairhaven Runners
$20 Gift Certificate to Village Books
Free half-day kayaking trip for two from Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures 
Full set of Square One Travel and Recreation Maps 
Wings Over Water T Shirt 
Photo of a triathlon swim start from Wenzel Coaching 
Blackburn Adaptable Cargo Carrier and Boundry Bay Growler from Jack’s 
Mounted poster of a North Cascades Grizzly Bear from Western Wildlife Outreach 
Pair of Hats from Mount Baker Bicycle Club, presenting Northwest Tandem Rally 
Tech T-shirt from Mount Baker Bicycle Club and Chuckanut Century 
Girls on the Run Prize Pack 
Run Like a Girl Prize Pack
an eqpd Last Grocery Bag 
1 hour massage from Advanced Medical Massage

Recreation Northwest Sets New Forest Trail Ribbon Cutting for October 8, 2015

        Contact Information:

Todd Elsworth
Executive Director
Recreation Northwest


Recreation Northwest Sets New Forest Trail

Ribbon Cutting for October 8, 2015

Accessible trail links Fairhaven Park and Chuckanut Community Forest, reduces impact on wetlands.

BELLINGHAM, Wash., October 1, 2015—In fulfillment of its mission to care for the places where we play, Recreation Northwest is pleased to announce that its first stewardship project, the building of a new trail connecting Fairhaven Park with the Chuckanut Community Forest, is complete and ready for public use. A celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the trailhead on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Starting in the spring of 2015, volunteers and professionals worked to create the new trail, which is Phase One of a longer-term effort to preserve and plan the Chuckanut Community Forest. The wide, accessible, gravel trail leads from Fairhaven Park to 18th Street, off Fairhaven Parkway, replacing a path that took users, such as runners, hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers, directly through a wetlands area. While the path was inconveniently muddy and messy most of the year, increasingly heavy use also threatened the health of the forest and watershed.

A series of work parties throughout August and September brought together over 100 volunteers to remove brush, move mulch and clean up after heavy-duty excavation and graveling was completed. Business support and volunteers were provided by Q Laundry and Alcoa Intalco Works. Jack and Tony of Fairhaven’s new Stones Throw Brewery hosted volunteers after the work parties and will be welcoming the public after the ribbon cutting on Thursday.  

Recreation Northwest collaborated on the building project with The City of Bellingham’s Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works, as well as Northwest Trails, Inc., Welch Ecological Services and Wilson Engineering. Funds to build the trail were donated by the public and community groups, such as the Fairhaven Lions Club.

“The Fairhaven Lions Club was happy to invest in this well-planned endeavor, and to work with Recreation Northwest on a hands-on project,” said Joel Haggen, club President. “We are very proud to have our club’s name on the new trail, and are looking forward to collaborating on Phase Two, as well.”

“Recreation Northwest brought people together on this project to create a win-win for the community and the environment,” said James King, Director of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department. “They put in considerable effort to construct a great new trail that everyone feels good about, and we are very happy with the outcome of our partnership.”

On October 8, 2015, the public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Event will be held adjacent to the upper pavilion in Fairhaven Park, it begins at 5:30pm and ends at 6:30pm. After the ribbon cutting, a tour of the new trail will be given as well as insight into the proposed trail alignment for Phase Two- to cross the wetland area- providing access into the woods. The public is then invited to join a celebration at Stones Throw Brewery in Fairhaven at 1009 Larrabee Ave. from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

For more details, or to learn more about Recreation Northwest, visit or call 360-739-8458.

About Recreation Northwest

Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, WA–based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, and bringing people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we work to raise awareness of our public green spaces and their inhabitants, including one of the Northwest’s most revered symbols—the salmon. Recreation Northwest produces the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Director Summit; and the Recreation Northwest EXPO. Learn more at




Stones Throw Brewery & Fairhaven Park TrALE!

This beer is specifically designed by Recreation Northwest and Stones Throw Brewery, as a tribute to a new trail connecting Fairhaven Park and 18th Street.

Fairhaven Park TrALE is an American Pale style that is light in body and alcohol. Created to refresh trail workers after few hard hours of digging and sweating.  The distinct auburn color not only brings warm smiles, but also enhances the crisp character of Cascade and Citra hops.   4.8%  – 45 IBU

Stones Throw is currently crafting this beer in 10 gallon batches however plans to have this beer as part of their seasonal rotation.
Fairhaven Park TrALE proceeds will help fund Phase 2 of the Fairhaven Trail project. We thank the CREW at Stones Throw for their partnership and plain being awesome!

You’re Invited to our Ribbon Cutting of the Fairhaven Park Trail

FairhavenForestTrailProjectwordmarkPlease join our community in celebrating the official opening of our new trail- the Fairhaven Park – 18th Street Trail Connector. Project Background.

Thursday, October 8th
Fairhaven Park Upper Shelter

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Fairhaven Park Directions

We’ll recognize all involved in the project, cut the ribbon and then take a walk!

Below LEFT is the previous trail that went through the wetland. Below to the RIGHT is the new trail alignment with an accessible trail for all to enjoy. Project Background.


Special Thanks to our Partners:
Gerry Wilbour, NW Trails
Perry Welch, Welch Environmental
Andy Law, Wilson Engineering
City of Bellingham, Parks and Recreation

Our Generous Donors.
See our list of our supporters: Phase One Trail Stewardship Project Donors.

We especially thank the Bellingham-Fairhaven Lions Club.

BellinghamFairhavenLionsThe Trail Work Party Volunteers made it ALL COME TOGETHER!

Our First Fairhaven Trail Work Party A Success

Work Party #2 – A Bunch of FUN

August 20th Work Party #3

50 Volunteers at Q Laundry “You Clean UP Pretty Good” Fairhaven Trail Work Party

Finishing the Trail with Alcoa Work Party




Finishing the Trail with Alcoa

What a hard working Trail CREW! Thank you to the 15 Alcoa employees who joined us last week to finish off the first section of our Fairhaven Park Trail.

They did some final landscaping/drainage improvements and removed every last bit of invasive holly and ivy we could find. Thank you for a productive and fun afternoon and for helping us finish off this project Alcoa Employees and family members.


Thank you Raina for coordination the work party.

Thank you Raina for coordination the work party.



In the weeds

hard worker!

happy worker

Ivy puller

Ivy hauler


Go Alcoa

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Thank You Alcoa! It was great to spend an afternoon with you all.

~ Recreation Northwest.