Bellingham Sister Cities Association and the Ski to Sea

Promoting International Teamwork through Friendly Competition
Imagine this: A Finnish XC skier handing off to a Russian snowboarder, who then hands off to a Japanese runner, who hands off to an Australian road biker, and so forth.
Saturna Capital
Please give our 2013 Saturna Capital Sister Cities Ambassadors Ski to Sea Team a big HURRAH! 
Vaasa, Finland; Cheongju, South Korea; Tsetserleg, Mongolia; Port Stephens, Australia; Tateyama, Japan; and of course Bellingham are sending athletes to race from mountain to bay. It will be another fun-filled and important week for citizen diplomacy in Bellingham.
Host Homes Needed
We are looking for folks who would like to serve as host families during our visitors stay. Drop us an e-mail at and let us know you'd like to be a host family.

Donation Forms
Download the Donation Form here >>>.
Are you willing to provide financial support to fly some of these athletes to Bellingham and to cover other costs associated with the week's activities? Please show your support by mailing a check made out to BSCA, to Sister Cities Association c/o Mayor's Office, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Your help is important.
You are invited to meet our visitors at the finish line pot luck party in Fairhaven which was a powerful event last year. Also, you are invited to walk side by side with our visitors in the Ski to Sea Grand Parade on Saturday before race day. Reply to to let us know you'd like to be in the parade and/or attend the party.

Our visitors are being asked to bring 2 children's books from their cities so we can begin a book exchange and organize a book reading at Northern Heights International Baccalaureate Elementary School this fall.

Thank you for your continued and generous support.
Ross Grier
Tateyama City Chairperson
Ski to Sea Coordinator
Bellingham Sister Cities Association
Mayor's Office, City Hall
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
cell: 360-927-3687

Website: Bellingham Sister City Association
Bellingham Sister Cities
* Cheongju, South Korea * Nakhodka, Russia * Port Stephens, Australia
* Punta Arenas, Chile * Tateyama, Japan * Vaasa, Finland * Tsetserleg, Mongolia-application in progress

The Bellingham Sister City Association, a Citizens Advisory Board to the Mayor of the City of Bellingham, in tandem with the Sea to Ski Race, will be inviting our Seven Sister Cities from around the world to put together whole or partial teams to participate in the Annual Sea-to Ski Race here in Whatcom County.
Shingo Ito, a graduate of the Western Washington University College of Business and Economics, developed operational guidelines for this endeavor. Download the Operational Guidelines. If you would like to contact Shingo, please email him at
Become Involved
If you would like to become involved in this effort (Host Family, lending race gear, or other ways), please Email Bellingham Sister City program at:
Photos of Shingo Ito making his presentation to the Bellingham Sister Cities Association last December.



2014 Official Race Guide

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