Run with the Chums is back


The second annual Run with the Chums 5K. Photo by Steve Guntli.

Get ready to move during the fourth annual Run with the Chums fun run and walk Saturday, September 24 at the BP highlands in Birch Bay.

The race is hosted in conjunction with Whatcom Water Weeks, which kicks off September 24 and runs through October 1. The weeklong celebration is intended to raise awareness about the importance of water and the environment.

A host of events are being offered throughout the county this year, including a film festival, a photo contest, preschool story time, a rainwater irrigation workshop and tours. The event’s final day takes place during Bellingham’s inaugural SeaFeast.

The Birch Bay Run with the Chums is nothing new to the yearly docket. In its fourth year, the event features a 5K fun run and walk and a 1K Smolt Sprint.

The event is free and wraps through a scenic loop in the BP Highlands, located on Jackson Road. The first 300 participants receive a free T-shirt.

Refreshments, exhibits, activities and prizes will also be available.

Whatcom Water Weeks was created by the Whatcom Watersheds Information Network (WWIN). Business, nonprofits and other interest groups band together to organize and participate in the event each year.

Some events require registration to participate, including Run with the Chums. Learn more by visiting A mobile app is also available for download at

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