FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Recreation Northwest Presents 2nd Annual EXPO
Free Bellingham WA event for outdoor recreation groups and enthusiasts offers opportunities to network, share ideas and learn from inspiring speakers.
BELLINGHAM, Wash., February 20, 2015—Recreation Northwest announces the second annual Recreation Northwest EXPO will take place Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham, Washington.
The EXPO brings together the best of the region’s outdoor recreation organizations, companies and enthusiasts, along with informative and inspiring speakers, for learning, networking, and idea sharing.
The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Attendees can take advantage of one-on-one time with representatives from local and regional events and races, as well as bike and running shops, outfitters, outdoor activity clubs, stewardship organizations, sports health professionals and outdoor media companies.
This year’s EXPO keynote speakers are:
Krissy Moehl, an ultra trail runner originally from Bow, who lives and trains in Boulder, Colo. and races all over the world, including Race Directing the Chuckanut 50K.
Pulitzer Prize winner William Dietrich and the North Cascades Institute’s Christian Martin, authors of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby.
“Bellingham’s reputation as a destination for outdoor recreation continues to grow,” said Todd Elsworth, Executive Director of Recreation Northwest. “We produce the EXPO because folks needed a way to gather as a community and see what’s available out there. Exhibitors and attendees love the EXPO atmosphere, the speakers and the many opportunities to celebrate our healthy Northwest lifestyle.”
EXPO guests can register onsite or online to win door prizes, including race entries, excursions, gift certificates and gear from exhibitors such as:
Bellingham Parks and Recreation
Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
San Juan Sailing
American Alpine Institute
Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics
McNett – GEAR AID
Muds to Suds
Bellingham Bay Marathon
“Our goal for EXPO is to bring everybody in outdoor recreation together in one place, stand back and let them go nuts,” said Elsworth. “Thanks to sponsors like Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, Port of Bellingham, KAFE Radio and The Best Western Lakeway Inn, we are accomplishing that goal, and amazing things are happening in outdoor recreation here in Whatcom County.”
The Recreation Northwest EXPO is free and open to the public. Learn more about the March 12, 2015 EXPO by visiting www.RecreationNorthwest.org. Sign up online to win door prizes at the event, and check out the list of exhibitors and the bios of the featured speakers. Watch our video to see what people had to say last year: 2015 Recreation Northwest EXPO (video).
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 Bellingham Traverse, Bellingham KIDS Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Directors Summit; and the Recreation Northwest EXPO. Learn more at RecreationNorthwest.org.
2014 EXPO photo library.
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Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.