By Steve Guntli
Lace up your running shoes: the third annual Run with the Chums is returning to Birch Bay.
The 5k fun run/walk will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 19 on Jackson Road. The course winds through the BP highlands, a large tract of land near the BP refinery. The trail offers lovely views of the San Juan Islands, shady paths through the forest and both paved and gravel trails on which to run.
The race will start at 9:30 a.m. with the Smolt Sprint, a 1k run for kids
The event is sponsored by the Whatcom Conservation District and is a part of Whatcom Water Weeks. Water Weeks is a two-week, countywide celebration of the county’s water resources to raise awareness about water stewardship. Events will take place throughout the county, and include talks, workshops, tours and family events. The event runs September 12–26.
The post-race festivities will feature exhibitors from several local nonprofits, including Chums of Terrell Creek, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Birch Bay Water and Sewer District and Birch Bay Watershed Aquatic Resource Management District. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated from the community. Last year’s raffle prizes included custom artwork, rain barrels and sapling trees.
Registration for the race is free, and the first 300 participants receive a free T-shirt. To register in advance, visit chumsofterrellcreek.org. For more information on Whatcom Water Weeks, visit whatcomwaterweeks.org.