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Cascade Mountain Runners-June 27, 2014

 

8 RUNNERS, 108 MILES, 1 VISION – THE REVIVAL OF THE MOUNT BAKER MARATHON

This summer, eight runners will run from Bellingham Bay to Mount Baker and back – a

total of 108 miles. Their route follows a proposed National Recreation Trail that winds

from downtown Bellingham to the new Lake Whatcom Park and into the town of Acme,

eventually linking up with the trail system that was used by the original mountain runners,

over 100 years ago, to the summit of Mount Baker.

The group run is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 27 at Cornwall Beach Park

and is predicted to finish at approximately midnight on Saturday, June 28.

Daniel Probst, founder of the Cascade Mountain Runners, has organized this year’s run as

a preliminary step in the planning and production of a new “Mount Baker Ultra Marathon,”

tentatively scheduled for June of 2015. The establishment of this ultra marathon race

would serve Probst’s and the Cascade Mountain Runners’ long-term vision of funding

the establishment of a signed recreation trail from Bellingham to Mount Baker that pays

homage to the historical, environmental, and geological significance of the region and the

original race.

The proposed Mount Baker Ultra Marathon route stands apart in the rapidly growing field

of ultra marathon running as one of the only races that begins at sea level, climbs over

10,000 vertical feet and includes glacier travel on a volcano.

The public is invited to join in on the action at the official “Return of the Mountain Runners

BBQ” at the Acme Diner on Saturday, June 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will be live music

by Pretty Little Feet, BBQ from the diner & beer from Kulshan Brewing Co. The runners will

be stopping by on their return from the summit of Mount Baker for a bite to eat and some

celebration before finishing the last 25 miles of their journey. All proceeds from this event

go towards the reestablishment of the Mount Baker Marathon as a destination event for

Bellingham and Whatcom County.

2014 runners: Bruce Grant, Beat Jegerlehner, Suzanne Lundberg Gamble, Deb McInally,

Emily Morehouse, Jackie Muir, Aaron Poh and Daniel Probst.

 

Live Tracking: http://beultra.com/routes/bellinghamtobaker.html

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If you’d like more information about this event, images from past runs, or to schedule an

interview with Daniel Probst, any of the participating runners or the event coordinator,

please contact Dana Thornton at (360) 920-7890.

https://www.facebook.com/CascadeMountainRunners

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Local Outdoor Magazine Articles:

Mt Baker experience article http://www.mountbakerexperience.com/mt-baker-run/
Adventures Northwest article http://www.adventuresnw.com/the-return-of-the-mountain-runners/

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