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.
Course maps can be found below!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1982342841829319/
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.
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 – 10/15
Packet pickup is at Lost Giants Cider (outside if weather permitting). One representative must be present from each team to collect bibs. All runners must be confirmed in the registration system prior to picking up bibs.
Sunday Morning – 10/16
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.
After Party Start
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.
Mostly trail with some pavement about half way in. Steady descent into Fairhaven
Total climbing: 148 ft
Total descent: -548 ft
More road than trail but a beautiful view along the water and into/through Bellingham. Pretty flat.
Total climbing: 266 ft
Total descent: -285 ft
Through Whatcom Falls Park and down the stairs near Iowa St. This is one of the more challenging runs in the collection.
Total climbing: 387 ft
Total descent: -390 ft
A little pavement. A little trail. A good sized hill.
Total climbing: 259 ft
Total descent: -262 ft
A little pavement, a couple parks, a lot of fun.
Total climbing: 144 ft
Total descent: -112 ft
A little trail, a little pavement, a lot of huge trees at Cornwall Park.
Total climbing: 187 ft
Total descent: -194 ft
5 miles of fun via Bay to Baker Trail to Little Squalicum Park
Total climbing: 187 ft
Total descent: -203 ft
Quick now. Only a oneandahalfer.
Total climbing: 118 ft
Total descent: -98 ft
Fun downtown trail through The Port/Zuanich Park
Total climbing: 144 ft
Total descent: -174 ft
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 climbing: 436 ft
Total descent: -449 ft
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.
Thanks to everyone who endured the weather to run through Bellingham with only the costumes on their backs and the promise of beer at the finish! We had an amazing time creating this adventure and we were so happy to see all your energy throughout the day!
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