Basic Race Info

  • Date: August 19, 2023
  • Start Time: 12:00 pm
  • Start & Packet Pickup Location: Waypoint Park Look for the red Traverse tent


Friday, August 18

  • 4:30-7 p.m. Packet Pickup at Boundary Bay Brewery – Mountain Room

Saturday, August 19

  • 9-11 a.m. Packet Pickup at Waypoint Park – Look for the red Traverse Tent
  • 9-11 a.m. Equipment staging at transitions at Waypoint Park
  • 11:30 a.m. Informational meeting at Waypoint Park
  • 12:00 p.m. Start at Waypoint Park
  • 12-5 p.m. Watch the Traverse transitions
  • 2-5:30 p.m. Traverse finish line at Waypoint Park
  • 5:30 p.m. Awards ceremony at Waypoint Park

Please note:

  • 2:45 p.m. all road bikers who have not yet left will be released.
  • 4:30 p.m. all paddlers who have not yet left will be released.
  • 5:30 p.m. at the latest, all boats must be claimed from Waypoint Park.

Registration Confirmation

All of your teammates need to be entered in the registration system and to have signed the online  waiver before you can compete.

To review your registration:

  1. Log into your account at
  2. Select “My Registrations from the drop-down in the upper right corner
  3. Select Bellingham Traverse
  4. Select Manage Team

Confirm all of your team members are entered and that there is a “Yes” next to their name in the Waiver column. If there is “No” in the Waiver column, follow up with your teammates and/or resend the invite to ensure they complete their registration.

Refund Policy

Until July 1st we can issue a refund minus 15% (to cover credit card processing and administrative fees), or allow you to transfer your registration to the following year. No refunds or transfers after July 1st.


We’ve made some changes to the course. The mileage for each leg remains about the same, but we’ve created a new “hub” at Waypoint Park! Please make sure you are familiar with the new courses. You can view a GPS map of the course here.

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Traverse Course Map

Results and Team Tracking

Results will be posted in real-time on the Pacific Multisports website. You will be able to see when your teammates have passed a transition. This should make it easier for your team to know when your next racer should start getting ready. You can also see past results to estimate finish times.


You are responsible for providing your equipment. There are no restrictions except that it must be human-powered. All legal safety equipment is required: bike helmets, PFD, kayak whistles, and bilge pumps. Recommended: Bike repair kit, tube, pump.

Gear drops start at 9:00 AM at the hubs. We will have volunteers there from 9:00 am onwards to show you the way.

Transition Procedures

Athletes only will be allowed in the transition areas. Both transition areas will open at 9 a.m. You will need to show your race number to enter and exit. Your race number must match the equipment you are removing.

No nudity – if you need to fully change please use the restroom.

Equipment Staging: Lake Padden

9:00 a.m. – Lake Padden Park Horse Trailer Parking Lot. You’ll bring your mountain bike and road bikes to the transition areas.

Parking: we recommend parking on Wilkin Street. This will be closer than parking in the Lake Padden parking lots.

Soloists: there will be designated areas at each of the transitions for you to stage your equipment. We will provide stickers to label plastic bags with your number.

Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes will be staged in the Horse Trailer parking lot. Soloists or tandems may want to stage running shoes here as well for the trail run.

If you don’t have a support team, we will transport your mountain bikes and gear to the finish at Waypoint Park. Mountain bikes will be picked up at 3:00 p.m.

Spectators: the best time to watch starts at 12:30 p.m.

Equipment Staging: Waypoint Park

9:00 a.m. –  Stage boats on grass at Waypoint Park.

On-Course Emergencies/Drop Outs

If you are in or come upon an emergency situation CALL 911. After that please contact Race Director Marc Blake at (626) 376-1125 and give him the TEAM number so we can inform teammates and emergency contacts. Stay with the person and tell the next person to alert a volunteer.

If you have to drop out of the race, please tell a volunteer and give them your race chip so it can be returned to us at the finish line.


The awards ceremony will take place at Waypoint Park.

At 5:30 we’ll present Overall Awards to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in all 4 race categories (chinook, coho, chum and nonprofit/company divisions). The winning company team will also get to take home the stunning traveling trophy to display until the 2023 race.

Thank you for being a part of the 2023 Bellingham Traverse. We can’t wait to cheer you on!


  • No headphones or earbuds may be worn during any portion of the event
  • Yield to faster participants, oncoming traffic, and pedestrians
  • Be responsible for your own equipment
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Wear a helmet on the bike at all times
  • Dismount the bike in the transition area
  • You must have a whistle and wear a PFD on the paddle leg. Bilge pump is recommended. Any human powered vessel is fine.
  • Shoes must be worn on all running legs (including team trek)

2023 Bellingham Traverse Course

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