Kids have their own Traverse!

Recreation Northwest Hosts First Annual Bellingham Kids Traverse

Now kids can be part of the Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series

BELLINGHAM, Wash., May 3, 2013 – Recreation Northwest, a nonprofit health and wellness event organization in Bellingham, Washington, is expanding its multi-sport race portfolio with an event geared toward 6-to-14 year-olds: the Bellingham Kids Traverse at Civic Stadum on June 29, 2013.

Now children can share in the Bellingham Traverse fun as well. The Bellingham Traverse, a multi-sport race celebrating the life cycle of wild salmon that includes running, biking and kayaking, will take place on September 21, 2013.  Children are invited to participate in the Bellingham Kids Traverse, a pint-sized but appropriately challenging version of the Bellingham Traverse.

The Bellingham Kids Traverse will mimic the Bellingham Traverse in its course set up. Participants can complete the course as a Chinook (soloist), Coho (tandem team), or Chum (relay team). The Kids Traverse will start at Civic Field with a 1 mi. run through Salmon Woods, then a 1.5 mi. mountain bike around Civic and Geri Fields, next a .5 mi. obstacle course inside Civic Stadium and finish with a .25 mi team TREK to the Mallard Ice Cream Finish Line. The top three finishers in each age group get awards, and all finishers get a Kids Traverse ribbon and ice cream.

Recreation Northwest Executive Director Todd Elsworth looks forward to the launch.

“Adults have had so much fun doing the Bellinghm Traverse for the past twelve years, and we want to give kids the same opportunity with the Bellingham Kids Traverse,” Elsworth says. “Recreation Northwest is always looking to get the entire family outdoors.”

A portion of the 2013 Bellingham Kids Traverse proceeds will to the Whatcom Family YMCA. Register online at:  

As co-founder and executive director of Recreation Northwest, Todd promotes outdoor recreation and brings people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play.

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