The annual home grown race dated back to the late 1890's When some of the local characters of Whatcom county would race horses canoes motorcycles form the foot hills of Mt Baker to Bellingham rewarding themselves with whiskey at the end ( and sometimes along the way)
The current version is a wonderful community event featuring a kids parade on Friday a classic "down home" big parade, with the unique flavor of Bellingham at noon Saturday. The Carnival comes to town at Bellis Fair Mall for the entire week before.
The Race First a Cross country Skier heads up the mountain on a less steep rout the downhill skier runs up hill to meet them takes the baton then hands off to a runner ( I think that this year a change has been made because the 8.5 mile trek for the runner was all down hill a drop of over 4,000 feet and the jarring on the knees and body is to much and now the bicyclist takes the baton to the runner) 40+ miles for the cyclist passes the baton to the canoe paddlers Nooksac river ( the large river draining most of western Whatcom County) Then at Hovander park in Ferndale to the Mountain bikers to the Delta of the Nooksac river on the Lummi Indian nation to the Sea Kayakers to Fairhaven.
More Blog tomorrow about the race.