Sea to Ski Weekend is Coming to Town

Ski to Sea - X countryIt’s here.  Sea to Ski Weekend with the race as the big event.

It’s a weekend full of fun. The main event the  Race is a 93.5 mile relay Race of seven venues from Mt Baker to Bellingham Bay consisting of seven different sports. The finish is at Marine Park where it “all ends in Fairhaven” at a very big party, the Fairhaven Festival.

There is also a community block party with music and food, a Junior Ski to Sea Race, a historical hometown parade, and other events for the whole family. The race is a showcase for  Whatcom County as recreational playground.

A race team consists of 8 competitors in the seven race legs (Cross Country and Downhill Ski/Snowboard; Running; Road Bike; Canoe; Mountain Bike; and ending with Kayak).

The Ski to Sea Race from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay was preceded by the Mt. Baker Marathon held from 1911 to 1913. The marathon pitted man and machine against rugged terrain of Whatcom County, taking participants over treacherous roads and trails to the top of the mountain and back.

The original  foot race to the top of Mt. Baker was a publicity stunt to focus the government’s attentions on the region, with an eye toward getting the National Park System to include the North Cascades area.

It was in 1973 that the Mt. Baker Marathon was resurrected and renamed the Ski to Sea Race. The relay Race, was designed to showcase the recreational opportunities and beauty of Whatcom County. today the Race attracts participants from all around the world.

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