It is going to get loopy this fall in Bellingham.

I was approached last December to take over the Hamster Endurance Run by founder Kelly Krieger. I was familiar with the 6/12/24/32 hour challenge around Lake Padden when I paced my dear masochistic friend Ellen Lavoie in 2016. I had a blast, and had no idea a big part of the race was to support local businesses. With my background in non-profit work, and more recently, earning several 100 mile belt buckles with the help of friends and family, the wheels started turning and the passion started burning. And just like that, I am the RD of another 2+ mile looped event.

– Race Director Gretchen Walla, wallagretchen@gmail.com