Want to get loopy in beautiful Bellingham Washington? Run a 6 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour, or 32 hour race around the gorgeous 2.3 mile Lake Padden loop . A wide and non-technical gravel path, with 150 feet elevation gain per loop, will allow runners the opportunity to stretch their legs and test their limits in classic PNW forests. A fun aid station atmosphere with experienced volunteers await all runners reach their goals!
While trying to achieve a time or distance goal, runners’ entry fees will support two local non-profits along with Trailsisters, an excellent platform for woman in trail running. Runners who complete 100 miles in their time category will receive a belt buckle.
Walla Racing LLC was formed specifically to continue this event started by Kelly Krieger in 2014. The idea of helping runners with their goals while supporting three organizations doing excellent work sounded too good to pass up. With 17 years of non-profit work under my belt, three 100 mile belt buckles, and experience directing a nighttime trail running event called Twilight 12 Hour which is driven by an incredible community of ultra runners, I am passionate this event will be a win-win for everyone involved. Here are the organizations who will receive donations courtesy of your entry fee:
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•Whatcom Family YMCA Scholarship Fund As a previous YMCA employee, I have seen firsthand what and how scholarships benefit families. Programs like Girls On the Run are fully funded by money received by the community.
• Whatcom Humane Society Farm Facility: With an extensive background working with horses, I started volunteering for the WHS farm facility in the spring of 2018. I have been impressed with the care these large animals receive, and no horse is turned away. It’s also expensive to care for horses (along with goats, sheep, and whatever animal is surrendered), so any additional funding is greatly appreciated.
• Trail-sisters A platform for women supporting women in trail running started as passion project by accomplished ultra runner Gina Lu in 2016. With high demand for content pertaining to everyday topics regarding women on the trails, Gina turned this passion project into her full time career.