Recreation Northwest

GBRC’s Short and Sweet Bellingham Trail Race Series – 5 K and 2.5 K

A Greater Bellingham Running Club race

A running event for the whole family

When: Thursday nights, 2.5K kids’ run at 6 p.m., 5K at 6:30July 10 – Aug. 14

What: Thursday evening trail races for all ages and abilities. Bring the whole family to the inaugural season of these 2.5K and 5K weekly trail runs. This is a great way to try trail racing for the first time, introduce kids to the fun, or hone your speed with fellow runners. Nice spots for a post-run picnic of your own. No entry fee, no numbers. Start/finish line will be marked and timing device provided.

Where: Alternating between marked courses at Lake Padden and Whatcom Falls.

July 10 (Padden)

July 17 (Whatcom Falls)

July 24 (Padden)

July 31 (Whatcom Falls)

Aug. 7 (Padden)

Aug. 14 (Whatcom Falls)


Lake Padden (start near dog park): See 5K course and 2.5K course

Whatcom Falls Park (start at lower parking lot near playground on Silver Beach Rd.). See 5k course and 2.5K course

Registration: No entry fee, no registration required. Waiver required for first-time participants, available at start/finish area starting at 5:30 p.m.

Results: In keeping with the low-key nature of the races, a timing device will be provided at the finish. Runners can record their own times on clipboards after the race. Results will be posted on the GBRC results page.


For more  information, go to


Co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham


NOTE: We need volunteers to help on the day of the races during the kids’ race. You would still be able to take part in the 5K. If you are able to help at any of the races, please contact Warren Cornwall at



Project 529 – The End to Bike Thefts!

I met the founders at the Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival a month ago and they gave me the skinny. Sign the pledge. Please. Let’s help make this happen.

As the popularity of bicycling in the US continues to grow, unfortunately so does the problem of bike theft.  

To help combat this crime, tech startup Project 529 launched a petition requesting eBay and Craigslist to require serial numbers on all bike sales.


Here’s what you’ll be signing:

To: Craig Newmark (Craigslist, Founder), John Donahoe (eBay, CEO), Jim Buckmaster (Craigslist, CEO)

Every 30 seconds, a cyclist has their bike stolen in the United States. Nearly half of college students with bicycles will lose them during their education. Bicycle theft is rampant in the United States, and it’s due in part to the ease of fencing stolen bikes through online sites. There’s a simple solution that would help dramatically cut down on these statistics: requiring a serial number when selling bikes online. Just as VIN numbers are required to list cars for sale, requiring a serial number will deter criminals from using your sites to move stolen bikes. It additionally gives the victims of theft a chance of recovering their bikes. We the undersigned are petitioning eBay and Craigslist to add the simple requirement of including serial numbers for bicycle listings. We believe this poses no material impact to legitimate sellers or to your business. Please help keep this vibrant category on your sites ethical and above board.

Thank you.










Nooksack Wild & Scenic Summer Celebration

From our Friends at Nooksack Wild and Scenic.

The Summer Celebration will take place at the Douglas Fir Campground, 2.7 miles east of Glacier off of the Mt. Baker Highway. Activities include hikes, fly-fishing workshops, rafting and a BBQ dinner.  All events, except for rafting, are free. Wild and Scenic River Tours will be offering half-priced ($40) rafting trips on the North Fork Nooksack at 3pm on both Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

The schedule of events is as follows:

8:30am – Hannegan Pass Hike

10am – Horseshoe Bend Interpretive Walk

11:30am – Intro to Fly Fishing Streams and Rivers Workshop

2pm – Intro to Fly Tying Workshop

2:30pm – Horseshoe Bend Interpretive Walk

3pm - Rafting the North Fork Nooksack with Wild and Scenic River Tours

5pm – Nooksack River Protection Happy Hour

6pm - Summer Celebration BBQ

Please call Wild and Scenic River Tours at 360-599-3115 to make your rafting reservation and provide promo code WSRA1968 in order to receive the $40 price. 

Hikers for the Hannegan Pass Hike will meet at 8:30am at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead to sign-in and organize a carpool to the trailhead. We are requesting an RSVP for the Hannegan Pass Hike. Please either reply to this email or call me at 206-213-0330 to reserve your spot on the hike. The hike is free.  All other events meet at the Douglas Fir Campground Picnic Shelter and are free.

We are also asking for RSVPs for the BBQ so we can plan accordingly. Space is limited so please either reply to this email or call me at 206-213-0330 ext. 1 to let us know if you’re coming to the BBQ.

For more information about the Summer Celebration, please see the attached full description of events and the promotional poster. 

Thank you and we’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 28!



Wendy McDermott

Associate Director Washington Conservation Programs

American Rivers 
180 Nickerson St., Ste. 202 | Seattle, WA 98109 
telephone: 206-213-0330  |

Keep up on the latest river news and info:

Brushing up on Galbraith

This in from our friends at WMBC:

Hi folks,

There’s a bunch of projects that could use some assistance this summer.  If you’re interested in helping with any of them, shoot me an email and we’ll discuss the goals and coordinate tool access, gate access, etc.


It’s that time of the year again.  The nettles, sticker bushes and fire weed are starting to get uber tall and crowding in on the trails.   With the amount of logging on the hill in recent years, that amount has greatly increased.  If you’re getting sick of getting hit on the arms and would like to help clear one of your favorite trails, drop me and we can coordinate weedeaters, etc.  Ideally, two person crews work best where one person runs the weedeater and the other person rakes and clears drains as they go.  Almost all trails need some level of brushing.

I know several folks have been out brushing already, but if you run into Phil Crews or James Waltman, but those guys a beer!  James spent two days last week brushing Whoopsie Woodle top to bottom and Phil has been knocking out Kaya, Bunny and Art’s area for the past couple of weeks.  Thanks gents!!

Some Dirt and re-route projects:

  •  Mullet jumps – these could use a fresh pass of dirt and some re-shaping.  Also, we’d like the ride arounds to get some rollable pumpers that could give intermediate riders a little air time and make the exit section more fun for everyone.
  •  Upper Scorp Re-route – This is started and the corridor is cleared, but we want to tie it all in to the existing trail and then work down the trail to improve the overall flow of the trail.
  •  Upper Evo / Wonderland  – We want to finish closing down the old Evo entrance, give the 2nd transition more dirt and finish the new Wonderland entrance.
  •  U- Line – hole filling in berms and some reshaping of a few jumps.
  •  Meth Lab re-route – this is close to done, but will need a pass to fix a few sections before we open it up.
  •  Double Black Diamond re-routes – I’m working out the final details with the Larrabee rangers, but we’ve got approval for a fewroutes on Double Black to extend the trail and make it more sustainable.  This will initially need some saw work for corridor clearing and then we’ll move on to dirt work.  The goal is to keep this trail rugged, but eliminate the fall line sections.

Upcoming traildays:

Follow the schedule here as we are adding trail days for many of the TAP sponsors over the summer.

Cheers and hope to see you out on the trails!



Eric Brown

Trail Director, WMBC



Thank You for a Great First Annual Winthrop Traverse

Dear Traverse Friends,

Thank YOU. The launch of the First Annual Sun Mountain Lodge Winthrop Traverse was a huge success. This was a great way to kick off our complete Northwest Traverse Series for the year ahead. We all made new friends, brought family together and created lasting connections. People came from Winthrop, Bellingham, Spokane, Wenatchee, Pemberton, BC, “Seattle” and the surrounding area. The vibe of the event reflected both the local community of the Methow Valley and the Traverse style of racing. Awesome People on all sides of the fence. Challenging Courses with unique terrain that showcase unique areas. Fun Times had by all. 

The success of the event is attributed to the great support we, Recreation Northwest, had in partnering in an East-West collaborative effort. We would like to give Shout OUTS to the following people/organizations:

Thank you to Kirby Court and his parents Ash and Linda Court of Bear Creek Golf Course for the open invitation to bring the Traverse to the Methow Valley. When I was first presented with the idea, I laughed, because it was so right. Finally. Here we go.

We’ll start with Mike “Baldy” Wilson. He is the foundation for the salmon story, the interwoven metaphor that we have had in our event from the beginning. If you want to know the Paul Harvey angle and the “Rest of the Story”, read Bellingham Traverse ROOTS. The complementary invaluable Methow conduit was Julie Muyllaert and Joe Brown of Methow Cycle & Sport. When asked who was the right team for the job, we put the proposed people into place.

They introduced us to our Race Directors, Sam & Alison Naney. True Endurance Athletes. They had shared values and goals. A mere 17 days before the race, they had a baby girl, Fiona (with an exhausting labor)! Tomorrow, they are moving to Seattle for Sam to start a new career. With those as bookends, they demonstrated their expertise in rallying community and hosting a great race/party! Special thanks to his folks, Bob and Ann for being there- both volunteering and racing! And being shining examples of awesome parents.

Then there’s the man with the plan, Mike Pruett, who had everything and everyone in place out at Pearrygin Lake State Park. Working with the community and the support of the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association MVSTA (equipment and contacts) created a fun atmosphere for the start and main transitions of the race. The support of the community of volunteers was invaluable and we thank you all!

The staff at the lake- led by Park Ranger, Rick Lewis, was incredibly helpful and demonstrative of the welcoming nature of people in the Methow Valley. The volunteers with Aero Methow were also onsite to provide safety and support where needed.

Thank you, to the Spawners for coming out. We wouldn’t have had a race without you- check out your 2014 Finish Times. Here’s the starting lineup at Pearrygin Lake State Park. Your relaxed, yet competitive attitudes set the tone for the day and we appreciate your professionalism, preparedness and positive attitudes.


The hospitality of the valley was experienced by our Staff and Board Members (thanked later) at the Sun Mountain Lodge all weekend. Our gracious hosts, led by Mary Campbell, offered 5 star service from Friday night race packet pickup to the Sunday Father’s Day brunch they hosted for our group. They are the shining star on the hill and with the support of the local and regional companies including Confluence Health, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Methow Cycle & Sport, Winthrop Mountain Sports, Orchard Bar, Pine Near RV Park, Methow Valley News, The Wenatchee World, North Cascades Mountain Hostel, and

Paul Smotherman and the North Cascades Mountain Hostel Volunteer CREW offered support at the road bike finish transition at the Forest Service Welcome Center. Props to our volunteer Board Members- Al Ragan andKurt “VEEP” Baumgarten for the solid ground sweep team, including Cindy, and Dean Fearing surveying the waters, to bring everybody safely home.  Hats off to Secretary, David Laws, for standing sentry in the sun with a Stop/Slow sign- directing us up the (last) hill to the Team TREK start and so much more! Thank you to Scott Lee- our North Bend Iron Horse Traverse Race Director for stepping in where we needed it.

We salute our Board President, Adam Lent, who, along with fellow board member Mike “The Commish” McAuley, both participated as Chinook (solo). Read McAuley’s Traverse Training Post #1  (it’s informative and entertaining). Yeehaw for our new Board Member, Lindsey McGuirk, for joining my team Pushing Boundaries- so I didn’t have to run!

When I refer to the proverbial WE, as a baseline it means our staff- myself and April Claxton, Executive Manager. It’s no secret, April is the glue to the organization and the key to the success of our events. She is invaluable and we are continuously impressed with her dedication to quality and thoroughness.  We are proud she’s on our team.

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Cynthia (and Troy) Bach for stepping in with the expertise and excitement to create a fun environment at the finish. New on the scene, Carl Bach, stepped in and made sure everybody got their cups- welcome to The Winthrop Traverse CREW, Carl. Thanks for the photo below, Chris Wright, and congrats to Brian Smart on your first Chinook Finish and looking good doing it, might I add.

Shout outs to locals Stephanie and Mary at the BARN welcoming all the incoming Spawners- getting the Winthrop Traverse T-shirts and Pint Cups out to all!

Bringing it all together for us to hear was the “dual-citizen” of the Methow & Bellingham, Paul Clement as our Master of Ceremonies. Paul has been with the Traverse for many years and we knew he was the right man for the job (since he’s recovering from surgery). We’ll see him back on the course soon.

This is such a unique environment, we had to have it captured! Thank you to Lars Kongshaug @ VidSmith, for coming over to capture video out on the course. Tyler Mitchell Photography for capturing some of the highlights of the day in pictures, see his Facebook Gallery.

Our regional media outlets help spread the word. Keep an eye out for more in Race Center NW, Outdoors NW, Adventures NW, Coast Mountain Culture, Get OUT There, and Impact Magazines.

Keep in touch with the Northwest Traverse Series on Facebook and Recreation Northwest.



ps- I’d also like to thank my family, Ken and Fran Elsworth for encouraging me to try the tough stuff and support me unconditionally. My sister and bro-in-law, Jenny and Bob Bird, for putting up with me. To end, I’d like to thank my sweet daughter Violet for being my driving energy and renewed passion for life and living.


Todd Elsworth, Executive Director
Direct: 360-739-8458


Putting the Bee in BRING it ON! A Local Challenge for Traverse Company Teams.

News Flash: We just received this message from Michelle Grandy, Communications Director at Sustainable Connections. As the captain of their Traverse Company Team, Michelle brought the Be Local Bee team over to Winthrop last weekend to BE a part of the first annual Winthrop Traverse. Well, needless to say, they won 1st Place in their division.

“The Be Local Bee team had an excellent time at the Winthrop Traverse. Winthrop provides a beautiful backdrop for a challenging yet fun race. It was especially fun to meet new people as well as race against some hometown friends from Bellingham,” Grandy shared via email.

Grandy casually throws down a challenge at the end of her message, “We look forward to going back to the friendly town of Winthrop next year and feel extra motivation to try to keep our #1 spot at this year’s Bellingham Traverse in September. We hope to see everyone there. Who dares to challenge the Be Local Bee team?”

Do you see what she did there? She’s calling you and your A Team out to compete on your own Traverse Company Team to see if you can take the title in their hometown. Bring it ON! Show us what ‘cha got.

Bees at the Winthrop Traverse 2014

If you are up to the challenge, simply sign up your team or get in touch with Recreation Northwest for more details.

After you have accepted the challenge and want to let Michelle know you’re going to rattle the hive- reach out:

Michelle Grandy, Communications Director

Sustainable Connections or  360 647-7093, ext 110