Trails to Taps Relay2021-10-22T09:16:49-07:00

October 17th, 2021

Register your team today!

What makes this event so great?

You and your friends teaming up to run from brewery to brewery with a party at the end. What isn’t great about that?

  • 10 stops at breweries and cideries throughout Bellingham.
  • 30+ miles of trails, roads, and parks with leg lengths between 1.6 miles and 5 miles.
  • 5-10 runners per team.
  • Keeping the community and our volunteers safe – The 2021 event requires proof of vaccination for After Party entry.

Course maps can be found below!

What is the last day to register?2021-09-23T15:12:51-07:00

Registration closes at 5:00 pm on the Friday before the Relay and all runners must be assigned at this time.  All of your team registration MUST be complete before you pickup your team packet on Saturday or Sunday morning.  There is no same day registration for this event.

What is the 2021 COVID Protocol?2021-09-01T13:00:09-07:00

We recommend that all participants of the event are vaccinated. Proof of vaccination that matches your ID will be required for entry to the After Party. This can be your original card, a copy of your card, or a photo of your card on your phone. Alternatively we will accept a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event. If you can’t produce either of the above, you can still pick up your pint glass at the finish line but you will not be admitted to the After Party for your free pint. Thank you for your understanding.

Is transportation provided and how do I get from my leg to the After Party?2019-09-26T13:02:50-07:00

All locations are all close to downtown where you can walk, run, bike or bus back to the central location with the exception of the first two legs.

If you finish at Stones Throw Brewery (Leg 1) there is a bus from Fairhaven to downtown Bellingham at 9:23 and 9:53 Sunday morning.  Catch bus #1 at 10th and McKenzie, fare is $1.

All other breweries are either downtown or within 1 mile of downtown.


Do I have to be 21 years old to participate?2021-08-31T11:58:08-07:00


Aside from the fact that this is a beer-centric event, some locations simply don’t allow folks under 21 years old. BUT, kids are allowed at the After Party this year.  Children under 12 must wear a mask.

I just finished my leg. Now what?2021-08-09T15:33:26-07:00


Once you’ve finished your leg, root your fellow team members on and start making your way to the Trails to Taps Relay After Party at Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden from 1pm – 4pm. You’ll get your commemorative pint glass and token for a pint from the brewery/cidery of your choice when you arrive at the party.

Can I join a team?2018-09-24T21:36:36-07:00

You Bet!

We don’t have a system that allows drop-in runners for individual legs, but there is a facebook group page to help find a team needing runners!

How much does it cost?2021-09-27T15:05:04-07:00


In an effort to help organize payment throughout a full team, our registration has the Team Captain pay for the team and then invite runners to each leg. PLEASE NOTE: this is a non-refundable event.

How many runners on each team?2018-08-10T21:53:32-07:00

You can have 5 to 10 runners on each team.

Please keep in mind that transportation from one leg to another is not provided. If you’re hoping to allow runners to leap frog “ragnar” style, please organize your legs in a way that makes it easy for you to get from one start location to another.

Ideally, each runner on a 5 runner team will have consecutive legs to run.  i.e. Runner 1 has legs 1 and 2, Runner 2 has legs 3 and 4, et cetera.

Saturday – 10/16

4-6 pm

Packet pickup is at Boundary Bay Brewery (in the Beer Garden). One representative must be present from each team to collect bibs. Meetings are at 4:45 & 5:45.

Sunday Morning – 10/17

9:00 am

Your first runner should be ready to start running at our start time of 9:00am on Sunday morning at Lake Padden. We encourage arriving at least :15 minutes early. If you miss Packet Pickup on Saturday, arrive at 8:30 am to pick up your team’s bibs and attend a mandatory safety meeting.

See Starting Location

After Party Start

1:00 pm

When you’re done with your leg, follow your team to the finish, head to the Boundary Bay Beer Garden for our after party! Costume Contest will be at 3:00pm. We’ll wrap up the party at 4:00 pm. PROOF OF VACCINATION THAT MATCHES YOUR ID IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. We will alternatively accept a negative COVID test from within 72 hours.

Leg 1

Total Distance
3 Miles

Mostly trail with some pavement about half way in. Steady descent into Fairhaven

Total distance: 3.04 mi
Total climbing: 54 ft
Total descent: -450 ft
Download file: LEG_1_Padden_to_stones_throw.gpx

Leg 2

Total Distance
4 Miles

More road than trail but a beautiful view along the water and into/through Bellingham. Pretty flat.

Total distance: 4.23 mi
Total climbing: 219 ft
Total descent: -226 ft
Download file: LEG_2_Stones_throw_to_lost_Giants_.gpx

Leg 3

Total Distance
4 Miles

Through Whatcom Falls Park and down the stairs near Iowa St. This is one of the more challenging runs in collection.

Total distance: 3.61 mi
Total climbing: 326 ft
Total descent: -328 ft
Download file: LEG_3_Lost_Giants_to_Kulshan.gpx

Leg 4

Total Distance
2 Miles

Quick little road 2 miler. Sprint when you can.

Total distance: 1.98 mi
Total climbing: 135 ft
Total descent: -109 ft
Download file: K2_to_Twin_Sisters.gpx

Leg 5

Total Distance
3 Miles

A little trail, a little pavement, a lot of fun.

Total distance: 3.04 mi
Total climbing: 144 ft
Total descent: -149 ft
Download file: LEG5.gpx

Leg 6

Total Distance
5 Miles

 5 miles of fun via Bay to Baker Trail to Little Squalicum Beach

Total distance: 4.95 mi
Total climbing: 216 ft
Total descent: -233 ft
Download file: LEG4Menace_to_Wander.gpx

Leg 7

Total Distance
1.6 Miles

Quick now. Only a oneandahalfer.

Total distance: 1.55 mi
Total climbing: 127 ft
Total descent: -103 ft
Download file: Wander_to_Aslan_Depot.gpx

Leg 8

Total Distance
2 Miles

Fun downtown trail through Waypoint Park

Total distance: 1.94 mi
Total climbing: 48 ft
Total descent: -114 ft
Download file: Aslan_Depot_to_Chuckanut.gpx

Leg 9

Total Distance
4 Miles

A view of the bay the entire way! Wrap around Zuanich Park for a fun 4 miler.

Total distance: 3.71 mi
Total climbing: 132 ft
Total descent: -90 ft
Download file: Chuckanut_to_Bellingham_Cider.gpx

Leg 10

Total Distance
3 Miles

This strong finish leg is going to need a couple stronger legs to get you up to WWU and back down to Boundary. Let the party begin!

Total distance: 3.17 mi
Total climbing: 398 ft
Total descent: -412 ft
Download file: LEG_10_Bellingham_cider_company_to_boundary.gpx

Thank You!

to our sponsors

Our Beneficiary

The mission of Lydia Place is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations. The vision of Lydia Place is a compassionate community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive. At Lydia Place, we believe that housing is a basic human right. We believe that for an individual to reach their true potential this basic human right must be met. Further, we recognize that inequality and oppression exist and are among the root causes of poverty and homelessness. We believe that collaboration with individuals, families, and the community is the key to sustained independence.

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