October 20th, 9 am
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 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 for 2019 can be found below!
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. Sorry kids!
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 Depot Market Square from 1pm – 5pm. 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 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.
Saturday – 10/19
Relay registration and packet pickup at Boundary Bay Brewery (Mountain Room). One representative must be present from each team to collect bibs. Meetings are at 4:45 & 5:45.
Sunday Morning – 10/20
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 missed 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, or head to Depot Market Square for our after party! Raffles at 3:30pm and 4:30pm. Costume/Baton judging at 4:00pm. We’ll wrap up the party at 5pm.
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 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!
– PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR GALLERY TO LOAD –
Special thanks to Swift Studio and Regan Bevar for their amazing photos throughout the relay!
Questions or Comments?
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