Wow! That was fun!
– 2018 Trails to Tap Relay was AMAZING!!! –
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Thanks to everyone who endured the beautiful 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! We learned a LOT from this first annual relay and we’re already planning for great things in 2019!
– PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR GALLERY TO LOAD –
Get your teams prepped for another 10 stage adventure through Bellingham’s best breweries and tap houses. Even we don’t know what to expect yet, but stayed tuned to this site for updates as they become available!
Special thanks to Swift Studio and Regan Bevar for their amazing photos throughout the relay!
What makes this event so great?
You and your friends teaming up to run from brewery to brewery with a huge party at the end. What isn’t great about that?
- 10 stops at breweries and/or tap houses throughout Bellingham.
- 30+ miles of trails, roads, and beaches with leg lengths between 1 mile and 6 miles.
- 5-10 runners per team
Course map for 2019 is still in the works but expect it to be just as challenging, and more fun!
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 are running the first leg at Lake Padden, you can have someone from your team drop you off or you can take a free shuttle we are providing that leaves The Depot Market Square (across from Boundary Bay Brewery) at 8:00, 8:20 and 8:40. It holds 15 people per trip and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and only available to runners doing the first leg.
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. Sorry kids!
It’s a simple, 40 step process, as outlined below.
Just kidding. It’s not terribly difficult but it will require you to gather some info before registering.
1. Get your team information ready. This includes names, birthdates, legs each person will be running and emergency contact info.
2. Head to the registration site using the link on this site.
3. Click the Create a Team and fill in a name.
4. Choose the Register 1 or more participants option.
5. Fill out your information and choose the leg or legs you want to run and add them to your cart.
6. Click next.
7. Click Complete and add another participant.
8. Repeat steps 5-7 until your entire team is added.
9 Click Complete and Proceed to Cart.
Once you’ve finished your leg, head to the relay table to grab your 3 drink tokens. Each token gets you a 4oz pour of anything you want at the brewery you’re in right now or at the Trails to Taps Relay party at Depot Market Square. You’ll get your commemorative pint glass at the party at Depot.
Leg 1 – Lake Padden – Arrive by 8:45am for a 9:00am start!
Leg 2 – Stones Throw Brewery
Leg 3 – Lost Giants
Leg 4 – Kulshan Brewery (Roosevelt)
Leg 5 – Wander Brewery
Leg 6 – Menace Brewing
Leg 7 – Chuckanut Brewery
Leg 8 – Structures Brewery
Leg 9 – Aslan Depot
Leg 10 – Gruff Brewing
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 allows you to create a team and pay for your leg individually.
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.
to all 2018 participating breweries / cideries / tap houses!
to all 2018 sponsors
Questions or Comments?
Fill out this short form and we’ll get ahold of you asap. Since the relay is managed by a collection of folks, your form will be distributed to the right person to answer the question. If you are writing us to let us know about your 2018 relay experience, thanks! Your feedback is important to the ongoing success of this great event.