Recreation Northwest

Unicycling the Traverse Mountain Bike Course

Mark Miller will be joining his team in the 2014 Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse this year- on his unicycle.
 
Mark’s insight to why:
 
“I learned to unicycle about 25 years ago as a kid in Maine.  Over the years I’ve become more involved with unicycling and now there are 17 unicycles hanging from the ceiling of my garage!  I frequently ride unicycles for fun and occasionally compete in events.  I’ve unicycled in numerous cyclecross races through the Cascade Cross Series.  In the last year I’ve also completed two enduro mountain bike races on my mountain unicycle (Chuckanut Enduro, and the WMBC sponsored Enduro of Subdued Excitement).  Most recently, I unicycled the 104-mile Tour De Whatcom in July.  My real passion for unicycling has always been on the trails and I’m very excited to be a first time unicyclist participating in the Bellingham Traverse Mountain Bike!
 
I’m particularly excited about this course because it combines a wonderful variety of trail conditions.  There are fast trail sections along Lake Padden and some fantastic technical trails to ride on the back half of the course.  That diversity will be an excellent challenge, especially on one wheel!  Mountain unicycling requires incredible attention to trail conditions plus the obvious technical challenge of sustaining balance over unforgiving terrain.  That being said, I’m usually having way to much fun to notice how intense the exercise is while riding my unicycle on the trails.  My goals for the Bellingham Traverse are to have fun, be safe, and I also hope to complete the course in about 50 minutes.  A bonus would be to finish within 5 minutes of my wife on two wheels, but she’s super fast!”
 
We wish him the best!
 
      
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Training Adventures

The past several weeks have been full of some fun training adventures for us from Africa to Canada to our own Pacific NW! Photos coming soon to our Facebook page…Keep an eye out!

-The Quest Adventure Race Team

Brent, Dusty & Emily

 

Krank Events Issaquah Weeknight Adventure Race-Last Training Race!

This last Tuesday we participated in the last of the Krank Events Weeknight Races. It was also our last race together as a team before heading to Nationals the first weekend in October. This was a fun race for us, though it is a different pace than most of the races we have done so far.

The weeknight races are usually 2.5 to 3hrs long and more of a sprint when compared to the longer 12hr and 24hr races that we have done. Because they are on a weeknight, they start in the evening and it’s usually dark the whole time, an added bonus! They are similar to the longer races in that there are several required checkpoints for each activity an pro-check points as well that you can tag for time bonuses along the way. The big difference is that you have significantly less time to plan your route before the race on map and less time to actually get all of the checkpoints in time which is what makes it a “sprint” compared to the longer races. Another difference is that, you are around other teams pretty much the entire time which makes it feel more like most races.   

We were able to get all of the checkpoints including all but one of the pro checkpoints and made it to the finish with just over 1 minute to spare before the cut-off time. Several of the teams came in at the same time which made for an exciting finish as we reached one of the last checkpoints neck and neck with other racers, jumped on our bikes and hightailed it to the finish. We ended up placing 2nd in the race. Check out the results here.

 A great race overall and we are thankful for another chance to practice as the Quest Adventure Race Team! Thank you Tim, Cory & Krank Events for putting on some great races! We are looking forward to the races starting again next April!

-The Quest Adventure Race Team

Brent, Dusty & Emily

You can check out photos from the race on the Krank Events Facebook Page!

Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse Brings Runners, Cyclists and Paddlers to Bellingham

       Contact Information:

Todd Elsworth

Executive Director

Recreation Northwest

360-739-8458

Todd@RecreationNorthwest.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse Brings Runners, Cyclists and Paddlers to Bellingham

Registration open for individual, tandem, relay and company teams to participate in September 20 multi-sport race.

BELLINGHAM, Wash., September 11, 2014— Recreation Northwest announces the 2014 Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse, taking place all around Bellingham, WA on September 20, 2014. The 13th annual event starts at noon at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham. From there, participants will run, mountain bike, road bike and paddle through Boulevard Park, Fairhaven, Lake Padden, around Lake Samish, through Fairhaven Park and on Bellingham Bay. Each team will trek together up Wharf Street to finish at Boundary Bay Brewery. The race is open to soloists, as well as tandem and relay teams.  

Because the race utilizes popular recreation areas, public access could be restricted throughout the day. Bellingham Traverse 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: Lake Padden Trails (12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.) – mountain bikers will be using the trails; please avoid during this brief timespan. Lake Samish roadways (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – road bikers will be on the road; motorists, please use caution. Marine Park (2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) – paddlers will be staging boats and runners will be entering the park; to view the event, these areas are best accessed by foot or bicycle.

The Bellingham Traverse is a community event inspired by the life cycle of the salmon that inhabit our local waters. Participants, known as “Spawners,” range in athletic ability from hard-core competitors to those donning costumes and just having fun. Everyone is encouraged to “think like a fish” throughout the course, and the public is welcome to come out and cheer on the Spawners in this spectator-friendly event.

Companies and individuals are encouraged to put together a team or go it alone. 2014 participants include:
Boundary Bay Brewery, who has hosted the finish line beer garden since year one, and this year is entering a company team, led by paddler Janet Lightner. (Media contact: Janet Lightner, gen.mgr@gmail.com, 360-927-2715.)

Kurt DenAdel, who competed on tandem teams in past years, and this year is going Solo. (Media contact: kurt@bayengraving.com or 360-676-0868.)

The Carter Clan, a team of 10 family members ranging from ages two to 71! (Media contact: Kevin Carter, evofilter-sports@yahoo.com.)

The YMCA Department of Fun, a group of women renowned for their fun costumes and contagious spirit. They’ve been participating for years! (Media contact: Tammy Bennett: tbennett@whatcomymca.org.)

Roe to Win, put together by Bellingham Traverse Title Spawnsor Vital Choice, this team includes Blaine Wetzel, celebrated chef at The Willows on Lummi Island. (Media contact: Judy Olsen, judy.olsen@vitalchoice.com.)

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

Registration is open until 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 19.

To learn more, visit http://www.BellinghamTraverse.com. To learn more about Recreation Northwest, visit http://www.RecreationNorthwest.org or call 360-739-8458.

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About Recreation Northwest

Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, Washington–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 Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series, which celebrates the salmon’s journey and culminates each year with the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Directors Summit; and the Recreation Northwest Conference and EXPO. Learn more at RecreationNorthwest.org.

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Recreation Economy Study of Whatcom County

This is a new project that I am proud that Recreation Northwest is embarking on with Earth Economics. We will be working with Whatcom County, City of Bellingham, Port of Bellingham, Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism and others to collect and share data and our findings.

With the leadership of April Claxton, Executive Manager, we are making this a reality. Our objective with this study is to bring the Recreation Economy into our our vernacular. By doing so, we can help elevate the importance of the impact that recreation manufacturers, retail operations and related services provide to our economy. This study will also provide relevance and value to the open space that Whatcom County has and why it is important to our livelihood. This is the beginning. – Todd Elsworth.


 

Overview: Outdoor Recreation is an important part of the local economy for both Bellingham and Whatcom County. Measuring that impact is not straightforward as it involves multiple sectors of the economy as well as land/asset valuation. Recreation Northwest has been working with national and local advisors to develop the best approach to analyzing and quantifying this impact locally. We look forward to working with local partners to produce a study (in conjunction with a state-level effort) to provide a Whatcom-county specific assessment of the economic contribution of outdoor recreation.

Background: Outdoor recreation is essential to the American economy. Every year, Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation — on gear, vehicles, trips, travel-related expenses and more. This creates jobs, supports communities, generates tax revenue and helps drive the economy. Throughout America, people recognize that outdoor recreation and open spaces attract and sustain families and businesses, create healthy communities and foster a high quality of life.

In Washington, Outdoor Recreation generates:

$22.5 billion in consumer spending

227 thousand direct Washington jobs

$7.1 billion in wages and salaries

$1.6 billion in state and local in state and local tax revenue

At least 63% of Washington residents participate in outdoor recreation each year.


Above data provided by the Outdoor Industry Association in the Washington State specific report cited below.

The Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office is launching a study that “quantifies the economic contribution of outdoor recreation to Washington State’s economy”. They have hired Earth Economics from Tacoma to do the study, which began on May 27th, and will be submitting their report January 1, 2015.

The main priorities of the state report are to quantify the total annual economic contributions (direct, indirect and induced, and resulting number of jobs) of

–All expenditures related to outdoor recreation in Washington State
–All expenditures on outdoor recreation taking place on Washington State public lands.

Secondary priorities are to:

–Quantify the total annual economic contribution of expenditures on outdoor recreation taking place on Washington State private lands.
–Quantify the total annual economic impact of expenditures on all outdoor recreation by non-local visitors.

Instead of doing a stand alone study to determine the economic impact of outdoor recreation in Whatcom County, we have the opportunity to work with Earth Economics to collect and analyze relevant Whatcom County specific data while they are collecting information for their state level contract.

The Whatcom County level study will include:

–An identification of the recreational activities, related businesses, public and private recreational lands within the county;
–An analysis of the economic contribution of outdoor recreation to the county’s economy;
–A summary of the economic contribution-direct, indirect, induced- and the resulting number of jobs from all expenditures relating to outdoor recreation;
–US Dollar estimates of the economic contribution of outdoor recreation provided by the recreational businesses, lands, and activities in the County.
–A discussion of the connection between outdoor recreation, economic vitality/employment, health and well-being and the conservation, restoration and maintenance within recreational land areas as related to economic development.

Data Collection will be complete by December, 2014

Data Analysis, Final report and Executive Summary will be completed by March, 2015

The Recreation Northwest Team includes:

Staff: April Claxton, Recreation Northwest Executive Manager and Todd Elsworth, Recreation Northwest Executive Director

Advisors: Pamela Jull of Applied Research Northwest and Teresa Schmidt of Sprout Creative.

Study Funders: Whatcom County, City of Bellingham, Port of Bellingham and Bellingham Whatcom Tourism.  

Supporting Partners: Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, Whatcom Parks Foundation, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and American Rivers.

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Recreation Northwest promotes outdoor recreation and brings people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play.  RecreationNorthwest.org

San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race a Springboard to National Championships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race a Springboard to National Championships

Registration now open for September 27 six- and 12-hour adventure races

on Orcas Island, WA.

BELLINGHAM, Wash., September 3, 2014Recreation Northwest invites outdoors enthusiasts and adventure racers to compete in the San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race, taking place Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Moran State Park on Orcas Island, WA.

The San Juan Island Quest race director is Brent Molsberry, a member of the Quest Adventure Race Team. Molsberry and his teammates, Emily Morehouse and Dusty Caseria, will compete in the U.S. Adventure Racing Association’s National Championships, to be held in Maryland in October. The three Bellingham residents recently celebrated a first-place finish in the 2014 Cle Elum 24-Hour Adventure Race, where they were the only team to complete the entire course.

The Quest Adventure Race Team, after winning the Krank 30 hour race in Cle Elum.

The Quest Adventure Race Team, after winning the Krank 30 hour race in Cle Elum.

“Last year, we qualified for the National Championships at the San Juan Island Quest, so it’s special to us,” said Morehouse. “We had a blast and encourage everyone to come to Orcas Island and race, whether it’s your first adventure race or you’re a seasoned veteran!”

“The San Juan Island Quest will challenge you physically and mentally,” said Caseria. “You rely on your own power, a map, and your teammates to get from start to finish, through the woods and the water. The scenery is beautiful and the experience is unforgettable.”

The San Juan Island Quest is organized into two divisions: the four- to six-hour Recreation course and the eight- to 12-hour Expert course. Participants can choose to compete as soloists, or in teams of two, three or four.

The race will test participants’ skills in map reading, mountain biking, trekking and kayaking in Orcas Island’s woods and surrounding waters. Teams and individual racers use their maps and navigational skills to make their way from one checkpoint to the next. Racers do not receive the course until a half hour before the race starts, and GPS devices are not allowed. Participants may complete the series of checkpoints however they wish, but they must complete the race as a unit.

San Juan Island Quest registration is open. To learn more, visit http://www.SanJuanIslandQuest.com. To learn more about the USARA Adventure Race National Championship, visithttp://www.usaranationals.com/. To learn more about Recreation Northwest, visithttp://www.recreationnorthwest.org or call 360-739-8458.

Dusty Caseria (360-483-9357) and Emily Morehouse (541-660-9962) are available for media interviews.

About Recreation Northwest

Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, Washington–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 Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series, which celebrates the salmon’s journey and culminates each year with the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Directors Summit; and the Recreation Northwest Conference and EXPO. Learn more atrecreationnorthwest.org.

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 Contact Information:

Todd Elsworth

Executive Director

Recreation Northwest

360-739-8458

todd@recreationnorthwest.org