Get Hooked on the Bellingham Traverse, a fun relay race that celebrates the journey of wild salmon. Families, friends and local companies form Chinook (solo), Coho (tandem) and CHUM (relay teams) to run, bike and paddle through Bellingham’s scenic parks, winding trails and open waterways.

Out for Fun

Our intention is for you to get out and have a great time. Hear from veteran Spawners on how they like to approach the Traverse.


We like to have fun. Our participants, titled Spawners, are further broken down into four main divisions known as Chinook (solo) | Coho (tandem) | Chum (relay) | Company Teams (for local companies).  Within each division, we have categories for Female, Male, Mixed, Family, Masters and Youth. Participants are welcome to register in the category that best fits their identified gender.

Get HOOKED up with a Team

Find new friends and get a team together on our Facebook: Traverse Team Finder.


Check out our Course page for maps, videos, rules and other details for each leg of the race.
Additional race info can be found on our Transition Areas and Gear Staging & Rentals pages.


Have Fun + Show Respect + Be Safe!

I will:
•  Not wear headphones (earbuds) during any portion of the event.
•  Yield to faster participants, oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
•  Be responsible for my own equipment.
•  Obey all traffic laws.
•  Wear a helmet on the biking portion of any event.
•  Dismount my bike in the transition area.
•  Keep my pets off the course during competition.

A reminder that the Traverse is all about FUN and the final Team Trek is a big part of that. Do whatever you need to do to stay together & hang with your cramping paddler – hold hands, link arms, tie yourselves together for a giant three-legged race, whatever it takes. For added incentive, your finish time will be based on your last teammate to finish.

Is this a fundraiser?

Yes! The Bellingham Traverse is a fundraising event for our organization and supports our stewardship program in Fairhaven Park.

We are proud to have completed a trail relocation project to improve access and protect the wetland. Fairhaven Park is now connected to the wooded trail system with a trail and boardwalk. In addition we planted 280 native trees and plants with the help of 100 volunteers. We are committed to maintaining these plantings and removing invasive species.

Read more about the project.

Please help and Donate to Recreation Northwest.


You are a big part of the fun. Whether you are just coming out to watch the crazy people doing the Traverse or you agreed to help your buddy or spouse there’s stuff that we’d like for you to know too. Please be polite to others as you vie for the best location to watch your friends. You must follow the rules of the road too (including parking). If you’re just coming out to watch (as opposed to support crew) it’s best to take WTA or ride your bike around- it’s easy to do! More details on our Transitions page.


Throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County, you’ll find a diverse selection of traditional and unique lodging choices that reflect your preferences in size, style, location and budget.  Come on in… your room is ready.

Springhill Suites Marriott is The Bellingham Traverse’s Host Hotel. 
Whether you’re coming for the Traverse or any of our other events, click here for a special $99 room rate just for you!

Here are a few of our other favorites:

Fairhaven Village Inn
The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Oxford Suites Bellingham – Traverse discounted rate!
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport
Best Western Heritage Inn– 20% Traverse discounted rate!

For a full list of Places to Stay check out

In the Press

Catch-up on Traverse news and history through news articles and press releases.

Check out our Media Kit for event details, logos and photos. Need more info? Contact us at

Traverse Course

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Traverse Sponsors

2019 Course Preview

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