Annual run supports local nonprofit

By Zoe Deal

Start your summer off on the right foot at the 19th Annual Run to the Border on Saturday, June 1. This event has been drawing citizens of Whatcom County to the streets of Blaine for a family-friendly day of fun since 2000.

This is the first year the event is organized by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2). The event was previously organized by Blaine local Dan Persse.

“It’s a great way to bring the community out, as well as bringing an event to Blaine that other [Whatcom County residents] can participate in,” said Heidi Holmes, BBBPRD2 program manager.

The morning begins with a one-mile kids’ fun run at 8:30 a.m. For a $5 fee, kids 10 and under race around the Blaine High School track four times. Those who stick it out to the finish receive a prized finishers medal.

The 5k run/walk, open to all ages, begins at 9 a.m. This year, BBBPRD2 has decided to change the path, which has started at Marine Park in past years. The new trail loops from Blaine High School to the Peace Arch and back, all amid the neighborhoods of the eastern I-5 corridor. Registrations fees vary based on age from $10 to $20 and the first 100 finishers will be awarded a medal.

Holmes said one of the special parts of the event is running through two countries. Participants cross the international border when they weave through the Peace Arch.

Another benefit is knowing that all proceeds go to the Healthy Youth Coalition North County, an organization devoted to empowering local youth through programs and opportunities.

“[The Healthy Youth Coalition] is part of the team that’s helping us. They’re volunteering their time, so it’s a great way to put money back,” Holmes said.

Interested parties can register at the event or online at

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