Bellingham Kids Traverse

Bellingham Kids Traverse


We are discontinuing the KIDS Traverse in 2017.

It was been a great run and we want to say a huge Thank You to all of our sponsors, volunteers and racers who made this such a fun event.

We will be focusing our efforts on our programs to get kids outdoors all year long through our Stewardship work in Fairhaven Park and our Parkscriptions program.

In addition, your kids are welcome to race with you in the Bellingham Traverse in our Family Division, or on their own in our returning Youth Division.







2016 Results are now posted, see how you did

“Fabulous race event-love the length of each race leg and the different types of obstacles in this leg of the race! Great vibe-super organized! Our team had a great time and can’t wait to do it next year.”

KIDS can have just as much FUN as their Parents!

Get the Kids Hooked on the Bellingham KIDS Traverse, a fun relay race that celebrates the journey of wild salmon. 6 – 12 year olds form SOLO (Chinook), TANDEM (Coho), RELAY TEAMS (Chum) to run, bike and compete on an obstacle course through Bellingham’s Squalicum Creek Park.

Copy of IMG_1536Top 3 finishers in each age group get awards and all finishers get a KIDS Traverse medal and Mallard ice cream. The KIDS Traverse supports the Stewardship and Education Programs of Recreation Northwest. This is the day after the popular Lake Padden Triathlon on Saturday, June 25th.

The Course

Starting in Squalicum Creek Park, the course offers a 1 mi. Run winding through the park; the 1.5 mi Bike course is a mix of grass, dirt and compact gravel with some elevation gain; a .5 mi Obstacle Course is set-up on the field and offers a variety of challenges; the final leg is the .25 mi Team TREK to the Finish Line.


See Course descriptions for more details or click the map above to download a PDF.



Mallard Ice Creamenjoying the Mallard Ice Cream finish

@ Finish Line !!

Local Sponsors

We are supported by Local Sponsors to be able to make it all happen. It takes a village! Want to join WECU, Birch Equipment, Mallard Ice Cream and others? Check out the Bellingham KIDS Traverse Sponsor Guide (PDF)


Local Partners

We are partnering with Sustainable Connections and the Eat Local First campaign. Healthy living starts at home. You are what you eat! Grow Great Kids. Start by shopping at the Community Food Co-op.



See Kids Traverse Divisions for full details of age groups. 


Bring Your Own (Water) Bottle. We will have water for you to refill your water bottles. This is part of our efforts to provide a sustainable event and demonstrate smart behavior for our kids. We have great drinking water that we work to protect- let’s enjoy it. 

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