A new multi-sport event, the Sun Mountain Lodge Winthrop Traverse, will take place at Pearrygin Lake State Park on June 14, when solo, tandem and relay teams will take on the 35.25-mile course on feet, on bikes and on the water.
The event, organized by Recreation Northwest, is the first of a series of similar competitions that will also be staged in Olympia on July 26; in North Bend, Wash., on Sept. 6; and in Bellingham on Sept. 20.
Solo, tandem, relay and company teams are invited to participate. The 3-mile run, 8-mile mountain bike, 4-mile paddle, 20-mile road bike and .25-mile team trek course, which finishes in downtown Winthrop, “celebrates the life cycle of wild salmon with a symbolic tribute to their journey,” according to a Recreation Northwest press release. Hence, Sun Mountain Lodge is the title “spawnsor,” the release said. Other “spawnsors” include Confluence Health, Winthrop Mountain Sports, Orchard Bar, Pine Near RV Park, Methow TV, and the Methow Valley News.
The Winthrop Traverse also will support the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) with trail-building efforts by inviting Traverse participants to participate in work parties throughout the year.
Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that organizes a number of events around the region.
Competitors can pick up their race packets from 5 – 7 p.m. on June 13 at Sun Mountain Lodge, or from 8 – 11 a.m. on the day of the race. The competition begins at noon, and the first finishers are expected beginning around 2 p.m.
Registration costs for early and late registration are: solo, $95/$105; tandem, $145/$160; team, $215/$240; company teams, $350. Registration is open until 7 p.m. on June 13.
To register, go to www.recreationnorthwest.org/winthrop-traverse/sign-up/register/. For more information, call (360) 739-8458.