The Mt. Baker Highway (542) will be closed from 7:30 AM to 11 AM between Canyon Creek Road in Glacier and Mt. Baker Lodge. Any viewers, participants or additional support vehicles who want to go to the top of the mountain must pass Canyon Creek Road prior to 7:30 AM. No vehicles will be allowed to travel down the mountain prior to 10:30 AM. After approximately 10:30 AM (or later as determined by the Whatcom County Sheriff) and for the duration of the race, vehicles traveling down Mt. Baker Highway (west) will be released behind the Chase Van which is sweeping the Running Course for racers.
All vehicles must drive in the right hand lane behind the Chase Van. There is NO vehicle stopping on the way down as this creates a log jam on the highway.
Dispersal is based upon the flow of the race, and may be delayed in case of emergency or other safety concerns. Team members, spectators and fans should plan accordingly. For safety reasons, vehicles may not park along the course between DOT and the Mt Baker Lodge.
NOTE: The Race start time is 7:45 AM for 2015. Please plan accordingly.
X-Country & Downhill
Ski / Snowboard
Both skiers, snowboarders, runners and bikers should ride together. Drop the biker off at the SNO-Park (1/2 mile past the DOT Shed) on the way up the mountain. If you are picking up a runner at the DOT snow shed (runner – bike exchange area), we will announce your team number as you reach Sno-Park. That way, your runner will be ready and waiting for you. The announcer (a volunteer from Northwest Computer Repair) will be standing beside the road just before SnoPark. Simply show him your team bib or tell him your team number. He will then announce it over the PA at the DOT snow shed. Continue down to pick up the biker at Riverside Park. Mt. Baker Highway closes at Canyon Creek Road, about 1 mile past Glacier at 7:30 AM.
Location: Riverside Park, Everson. Canoes can be dropped off at Riverside Park on Saturday, May 25 in the afternoon from approx. 12-6 pm and will be watched overnight by the Boy Scouts.
Location: Hovander Park, on the south side of Ferndale.
Location: Squalicum Harbor, Point Park, Bellingham. Kayaks can be dropped off at Squalicum Harbor on Saturday, May 25, from approx. 12-6 pm and will be watched overnight by the Boy Scouts.
One Team Scenario - MOST COMMON There is NO STOPPING or DROPPING OFF at the DOT Shed. All vehicles must proceed onto the SNO-PARK about 1/2 mile past DOT shed. This is enforced.
x-c skier, downhill, runner & road bike all ride up in Vehicle #1 driven by skier or support staff.
Road bike is dropped off @ SNO-Park (1/8 mile past DOT) w/ a comfy chair and book and snacks.
Vehicle #1 comes down mtn w/ x-c skier, downhill & picks up runner @ SNO-Park (1/8 mile from DOT shed) w/ all biker’s stuff.
Drive to the next race station to cheer on team.
Vehicle #2 drives canoe & canoers to start line in Everson.
Vehicle #2 is driven back from Everson by road biker.
Road bike drives to Hovander to pick up canoe & canoers when they arrive.
Mtn. bike rides to Hovander to get their "warm up" in.
Vehicle #3 drops Kayaker at Taylor Dock or Boulevard (paddle to start), then parks car near Finish Line in Fairhaven. Or paddler could park in Fairhaven, paddle leisurely to start at Squalicum.
Mtn biker rides from Squalicum to Marine Park, rendezvous with team.
Four Team Scenario - EXTREME
There is NO STOPPING or DROPPING OFF at the DOT Shed. All vehicles must proceed onto the SNO-PARK about 1/2 mile past DOT shed. This is enforced.
Here’s a scenario – can anyone beat it? Teams A, B, C, D (4 teamwork Scenario)
Cars #1 & #2 take x-c skier, downhill, & runner from all four teams to the start (6 per car)
Car #3 takes all four road cyclists to SNO-Park (1/8 miles past DOT shed) parking lot. Coordinate ride sharing and pick-ups by emailing each other or using the Message Board to post your messages on carpooling
Cyclist #2 hands car keys to first runner down; car #3 takes all 4 runners back to Bellingham. Cars 1 & 2 take all eight skiers back to town.
Car #4 delivers Team A & B canoes to Everson with paddlers; Car #5 delivers C & D canoes to Everson (1 car hauling 4 canoes is unlikely)
Road cyclists A & B drive car #4 to Hovander for canoe pick-up, back to town, drop off canoes; road cyclist for C & D drive car #5 to Hovander for canoe pick-up, back to town drop off canoes.
Mountain bikers ride bikes from town to Hovander so they’re warmed up for race (~45 min.)
Car #6 delivers kayaks for A & B to Squalicum; car #7 delivers C & D kayaks to Squalicum. Again, one car with 4 kayaks possible, but unlikely. One other option, leave kayak vehicle(s) at Marine Park area, paddle kayaks to Squalicum Sunday morning to save shuttle driving.
All mountain bikers ride from Squalicum to finish in Fairhaven, no cars (or bike home, then WTA bus to finish)
Car #1 takes Team A skiers, runner, cyclist, canoers to WWU shuttle lot, bus to Fairhaven. Car # 2, ditto for Team B. (Assumes all team members are at finish line). Car #3 #4,#5 parks at WWU lot as well, drivers shuttles down to finish line.
Car #6 takes same Team C members to Fairhaven with Kayak Pass, pick-up A & B kayaks; Ditto for car #7, Team D members for Teams C & D kayaks
Cars #6 & #7 take boats and bikes and riders as possible back to shuttle lot at WWU. Others take the shuttle bus to same. Boats and riders dropped off at home from there, or to other team cars left at WWU Shuttle Lot previously. With 8 people per team, if all are at Finish Line, and WTA links don’t work, then you’ll probably need 2 cars per team at WWU to get everyone to the bar-b-q for each team. Major miles during the day is with just 5 vehicles for four teams – not bad!
Teams disperse to various team parties, using cars 1-7 and perhaps one other vehicle or WTA.