Basic Race Info

Date: August 19, 2023

Start Time: 12:00 pm

Race Start Location: The Portal – Bellingham’s Container Village (296 Laurel Street)

Team Registration

Please review your registration to make sure your team is complete. All of your teammates need to be entered in the registration system and need to sign the online waiver before you can compete.

To review your registration:

  • Log into your account at
  • From the drop-down in the upper right corner select “My Registrations”
  • Click on Bellingham Traverse
  • Click on Manage Team
  • Confirm that all of your team members are entered and 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.

Schedule of Events


Friday, August 18th

  • 5:00 – 7:00 Packet Pickup at Boundary Bay Brewery

Saturday, August 19th

  • 8:00 am – 11:30 am Packet Pickup @ The Portal – Bellingham’s Container Village (296 Laurel Street) Look for the red Traverse tent.
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am Equipment Staging at Transitions
  • 11:15 am Informational Meeting at The Portal
  • 12:00 pm START at The Portal
  • 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm Traverse Finish Line at Boundary Bay
  • 3:00 pm – Boundary Bay Beer Garden after party starts
  • 5:30 pm – Awards Ceremony in Boundary Beer Garden (after the last team finishes & all the kayaks have been claimed).

Please Note:

  • 2:45 pm we will release any Road Bikers who have not left yet
  • 4:30 pm we will release any Paddlers who have not left yet
  • By 5:30 pm at the latest, all kayaks must be claimed from Waypoint Park


We’ve made some changes to the course from previous years. While the mileage for each leg remains close to the same, we’ve created a new “hub” at Waypoint Park. Please make sure you are familiar with the new courses.


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 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. 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.

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.

Awards/After Party

Join us at the Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden for a fun and family-friendly after-party.

We will have some special random giveaways throughout the evening – compliments of our awesome sponsors.

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 s 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!

2022 Bellingham Traverse Course Map

2023 Bellingham Traverse Course

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