Sunday, October 21st, 2018
Bellingham’s first and only Brewery to Brewery Trail Relay
10 Breweries - 10 Trails
Imagine the three best things about Bellingham- breweries, recreation and community- and pack them all into one extraordinary event! We’ve designed a unique trail running relay that features 10 legs starting and/or ending at each of our 10 local Breweries.
The Trails to Taps Relay course has been strategically designed to highlight the best of what Bellingham has to offer. Participants will run along some of our city’s best known trails, as well as discover the lesser known gems. Trails and parks utilized include: South Bay Trail, Interurban Trail, Samish Crest, Whatcom Falls Park, Railroad Trail, Cornwall Park, Bay to Baker Trail, Squalicum Park, Zuanich Park, Maritime Heritage Park & Downtown Trails, Whatcom Creek, Civic Field Complex, Pine Street Stairs and more. Utilizing a different trail for each leg of the course will essentially create a trail guide to discovering the numerous recreation opportunities all within a 5 mile radius of our downtown. Legs range between 1 mile and 8 miles, with most being 3-4 miles.
In addition to discovering new and old trails, each participant will start and end at a different brewery: Boundary Bay, Aslan, Stones Throw, Kulshan, Chuckanut, Wander, Menace, Melvin, Gruff and Structures Breweries. These establishments will be greeting participants with cheers, prizes and a warm introduction into their buildings. As a staple in our community, the breweries of Bellingham are invested in our citizens and our tourists alike. While other cities have just as many (or more) breweries, Bellingham has an asset that none of these other towns possess: a culture of collaboration. Whether it be Bellingham Beer Week, April Brews Day or the Taps to Trails Relay, our breweries work together as friends, colleagues and partners to contribute to a stronger, healthier community. Within this new event, our collective goal is to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and inclusion, while encouraging participants to discover the many recreation opportunities just minutes from every brewery in town.
As Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, Todd Elsworth promotes outdoor recreation and brings community together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. His decades of extensive event production, marketing and writing experience propel this passion. You might bump into him and his daughter Violet while they’re biking, hiking, paddling or skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.