FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Recreation Northwest Hosts Fourth Annual Bellingham KIDS Traverse
on a New Course at Squalicum Creek Park
BELLINGHAM, Wash., June 7, 2016 – Recreation Northwest announces the 2016 Bellingham KIDS Traverse on Sunday, June 26th will be relocating from Civic Field to Squalicum Creek Park. The format and distances will remain the same as the past 3 years.
“The decision to move to the new venue at Squalicum Creek Park is to create a more spectator-friendly course for the families to enjoy,” explains Executive Director, Todd Elsworth. Elsworth also wanted to highlight the new park located in the city’s north end and applaud the work that the Parks and Recreation department is doing for the community. “We are excited to showcase the perimeter of the park and the connectivity of trails in and around the Birchwood and Columbia neighborhoods.”
Kids ages 6 through 12 are invited to participate as solo (Chinook) tandem (Coho) or Relay (Chum) competitors for the race, which includes four events:
· A one-mile run around the perimeter of the park
· A 1.5-mile bike which will be a mix of grass, dirt and compact gravel
· A half-mile obstacle course will be set up on the field and offer a combination of challenges
· A quarter-mile team trek to the Mallard Ice Cream Finish Line
Visit www.BellinghamKIDSTraverse.com for updated maps and course details.
Also new this year: Boundary Bay Brewery is partnering with Mallard Ice Cream to offer Root Beer Floats to all finishers and volunteers. Their long-standing relationship with Recreation Northwest, led to the opportunity to include Boundary at the finish line. In addition, all participants receive a sticker and awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group.
“Recreation Northwest is excited to invite kids to participate in this fun and safe outdoor activity, to learn more about stewardship of our shared recreational spaces, and to connect with the life cycle of the salmon through running, biking and navigating an obstacle course,” said Elsworth. “Through this event, we hope to help instill a lifelong love of recreation and playing in the outdoors that will benefit every child.”
Early Bird rates end on Friday, June 10th. Register today and save.
Proceeds of the race support Recreation Northwest’s Stewardship & Education programs. Parents are invited to learn more about and register their kids for the Bellingham Kids Traverse atwww.BellinghamKIDSTraverse.com.
Race photos available for print & online publication.
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. For more information, to become a sponsor or to volunteer, visitRecreationNorthwest.org.
April is a co-founder and former co-Executive Director for Recreation Northwest. She has a passion for place and loves exploring, experiencing and sharing the beauty of the pacific northwest. She is currently working with Ocean Conservancy to protect our oceans, specifically the Arctic.